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Passaic County Freeholders Present Checks to Help Upgrade Pulaski Park & Third Ward Memorial Park

PASSAIC - The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented two ceremonial checks at the City of Passaic Council Meeting on Tuesday evening, October 7, 2014. The checks represented an award of $283,500 from the county’s 2014 Open Space Trust Fund.

The check presentations were made by Freeholder Hector Lora, a former member of the City of Passaic Council.

“The improvements at Pulaski Park are part of an overall upgrade, including a new indoor facility-- the first of its kind in Passaic County,” added Freeholder Bruce James. “Partnering with local officials that have a vision for improving parks and recreation for families is one of the most rewarding parts of my service to Passaic County residents.”

The checks presented at the council meeting were for the following projects within the City of Passaic:

1. Pulaski Park – Phase II: Award for $141,750: For ongoing rehabilitation at this heavily used park (baseball/softball field, lighting at soccer field and Roberto Clemente Field)

2. Third Ward Memorial Park Improvements: Award for $141,750: Rehabilitation of baseball/softball field, including lighting, reconstruction of storage shed / restroom facility (additional funds of $140,000)

“The City appreciates the support and strong working relationship with the Passaic County Freeholder Board. It is especially inspiring for us to see one of our former councilman doing good work for the residents and families in Passaic on the county level. Thank you, Hector Lora,” said Mayor Dr. Alex Blanco.

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.

“Mayor Blanco and the City Council have worked hard to upgrade parks and recreation throughout Passaic. We are proud to stand here today in support of those efforts to provide upgraded facilities for parents and their children. I am proud to be able to do our part in these efforts to improve the City’s parks,” said Freeholder Deputy Director TJ Best.

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 Pulaski Park and Third Ward Memorial Park in the City of Passaic.