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Posted on: September 23, 2014

Passaic County Freeholders Present Checks to Help Upgrade Hofstra Park in Prospect Park


(Prospect Park, NJ- September 23, 2014) - The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented two ceremonial checks at the Prospect Park Council Meeting on Monday evening, September 22, 2014. The checks represented an award of $119,944 from the county’s 2014 Open Space Trust Fund.

The check presentations were made by Freeholder Deputy Director Theodore “TJ” Best.

“My colleagues and I believe that residents and families should have parks and outdoor facilities to enjoy. Passaic County remains a leader in New Jersey in protecting our environment and also providing outdoor space for families to enjoy,” stated Freeholder Deputy Director TJ Best.

The checks presented at the council meeting were for the following projects within Hofstra Park:
1. Prospect Park – Hofstra Park Pavilion Replacement: Award $93,555 - Funds would be used to install prefabricated pavilion with storage area for use during 8 month recreation season (municipal funds $62,500 other funds $150,000).
2. Prospect Park – Hofstra Park Improvement Study: $26,389 - Funds would be used for development of a 5 or 10 year Master Plan for Hofstra Park.
“These open space funds are an investment in our local communities. A majority of the funds will be used for a prefabricated pavilion for Hofstra Park with a further investment being used for a park improvement study,” said Freeholder Bruce James.

Passaic County appropriates money from the Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund Program, based on applications from municipalities and non-profit organizations throughout the county. The goal of the Open Space Trust Fund is to help restore our parks and open spaces for residents and families to enjoy. In years past Open Space funding has also helped to preserve open space and conserve natural resources.

All sixteen of Passaic County’s municipalities and qualified charitable conservancies are eligible to submit applications to the Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Committee. The checks received last night will go toward improving Hofstra Park in Prospect Park.

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