County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
December 23, 2020

County awards $3.47 million in grant funds to municipal parks in 23 towns

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced that the County has awarded $3.47 million in dedicated park improvement grant funds to 23 different municipalities in the County through the 2020 round of the Municipal Open Space Grant (MOSG) program.

The MOSG program has become one of the most successful Freeholder-sponsored programs and is the primary method in which the County assists municipalities in meeting the recreational needs of their residents. This program provides vital funding to municipalities in order to meet their local open space acquisition, recreation, historic and conservation goals.

“The MOSG program is an example of how the County works cooperatively and successfully to ensure local park needs are met, especially during this uniquely challenging time when residents need access to parks more than ever to support their mental and physical health,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone.

“The County is proud to offer this successful grant program to all Monmouth County municipalities. Each year, we receive more grant requests than we have funding available and we have to make tough award decisions,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Park System. “This year, we had a record number of applications as towns work hard to meet the increased park demands in their community.”

There was a total of 31 applications received requesting an aggregate total of $5,469,000. Another $2 million in grant funds, combined with $1.47 million of reprogramed grant funds, allowed the County to award a total of $3.47 million in grant funding.

The municipalities that have been awarded funding through the 2020 grant round include:

Township of Neptune

Sunshine Village Park - Pump Track


Borough of Tinton Falls

Liberty Park - Dog Park Improvements


Borough of Interlaken

Bridlemere Park - Improvements


Borough of Allentown

George Ashby Memorial Park Phase II


Township of Millstone

Millstone Park Phase II Improvements


Township of Shrewsbury

Improvements to Eloise Nagel Park


Borough of West Long Branch

Owen Farm, Franklin Lake, Sorrentino and Ronan Shirvanian Park -Improvements


City of Asbury Park

Sunset Lake & Springwood Avenue Parks - Improvements


Borough of Spring Lake Heights

Shore Road Park Improvements


Borough of Neptune City

Adams Field - Improvements


Borough of Freehold

Liberty Park Improvements


Borough of Sea Girt

Edgemere Park - Phase I


Borough of Lake Como

Lake Como - Passive Recreation Improvements


Borough of Spring Lake

Lake Como - Improvements


Township of Wall

Community Park South - Phase II


Borough of Sea Bright

Shrewsbury Riverfront Park - Phase II


Township of Holmdel

Allocco Park Playground Improvements


Borough of Manasquan

Curtis & Skokus Park - Playgrounds - Phase I


Borough of Oceanport

Community Center Park - Improvements


City of Long Branch

Lake Takanassee Beautification


Borough of Eatontown

Wampum Park - Site and ADA Upgrades


Borough of Avon

Recreation Facility Improvements


Borough of Atlantic Highlands

Many Mind Park Improvements


Since the inception of the program in 2003, 47 of Monmouth County’s 53 municipalities have been awarded more than $34 million for local parks and acquisition projects. As of 2020, 233 grants have been awarded with 173 of the grants going toward parks development projects and 60 of the grant awards going toward open space acquisition projects. Another $2 million has been allocated for the 2020 round of grant funding, bringing the total allocated through the program to $36 million.

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