PASSAIC COUNTY – On July 6, 2017, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. were informed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that the four grant applications submitted for improvements to the Passaic County Park System were approved by the DEP and Garden State Preservation Trust. The successful grant applications include:
- $600,000 to fund the Weasel Brook Park Phase II Improvement Project in Clifton
- $200,000 to fund improvements to athletic fields at the Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne
- $200,000 to fund the Dey Mansion Garden Restoration Project in Wayne
- $88,500 to install a deer fence at the Garret Mountain Reservation in Paterson
“In my hometown of Clifton the revitalization of the Weasel Brook Park is in full swing,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Bruce James. “This $600,000 grant will fund new pathways, the installation of decorative lighting, and the replacement of playground and spray park equipment. The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders continue to invest in and improve the Passaic County Park System, and are on track to make it one of the best in New Jersey.”
The Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. is a non-profit corporation created by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders to secure outside funding for improvements within the Passaic County Park System and run programming in the parks, include the annual Passaic County Fair. For the first time since its creation in 2009, the Friends were successful in securing grant funding from Green Acres for the Goffle Brook Park and Garret Mountain Reservation projects.
“By awarding Passaic County over $1 million dollars in funding, Green Acres and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are putting their stamp of approval on the progress being made to improve the Passaic County Park System. This Board remains committed to upgrading facilities throughout the Passaic County Park System to ensure all of our residents can access green spaces and recreational activities,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Assad Akhter. “By creating a non-profit corporation to raise private donations and apply for grant funding, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders are thinking outside the box to finance improvements and create new programming in our parks that minimize the impact to taxpayers. It is thinking like this that allowed the Board to pass a budget this year that did not raise taxes on Passaic County residents.”