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Passaic County Freeholders Present Checks to Upgrade Rose Place Park & Batting Cages in Woodland Park

WOODLAND PARK - The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented two ceremonial checks at the Woodland Park Council Meeting on Wednesday evening, October 1, 2014. The checks represented an award of $98,555 from the county’s 2014 Open Space Trust Fund.

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

“Investing in parks and sports is a priority when determining where to allocate county open space funding. The improvements to Rose Place Park and the batting cages at the Boys & Girls Club in Woodland Park are part of our commitment to improve our parks and outdoor facilities for residents and families,” said Freeholder Deputy Director TJ Best.

The checks presented at the council meeting were for the following projects within Woodland Park:

1. Boys & Girls Club: Award of $5,000 - The funds will be used for Batting Gages for Baseball and Softball: Project calls for replacement of existing batting cages which are in disrepair

2. Woodland Park - Rose Place Park Improvements: Award $93,555 - The funds will be used for park improvements including the replacement of existing picnic tables and benches; replacement of existing internal asphalt walkways; replacement of existing lighting along pathways, replacement of comfort station roof; and, installation of three new park entrance signs.

“Giving back to local towns is an important part of our efforts to support open space and outdoor recreation. The ceremonial checks represent an investment in improving Rose Place Park and batting cages at the local Boys & Girls Club for our young ballplayers,” added 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 presented will go directly to improvements at Rose Place Park and the Boys & Girls Club in Woodland Park.