The Garden State Preservation Trust has approved $123 million in Green Acres open space acquisition and development projects, the last of what was left from a 2009 bond issue.
All 21 counties will share in $66.2 million in funding for land acquisitions and park development. Another $45 million will be devoted to traditional Green Acres acquisitions, and $12 million is targeted to Blue Acres acquisitions. Blue Acres allows the state to buy up homes that have suffered storm-related flooding.
The projects supported this year include $900,000 for the next phase of improvements to the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange; $900,000 toward a multi-use recreation facility at James J. Braddock Park in North Bergen; $900,000 toward rehabilitation of the Oak Ridge Golf Course in Clark (including an ice hockey and skate arena); $750,000 for a continuous waterfront and greenway trail in Camden; $600,000 for a waterfront park and athletic complex in the Ironbound section of Newark; $650,00 to acquire 132 acres in Hopewell; $600,000 to repair the boardwalk in Long Branch; and $650,00 for a waterfront park in Brick Township.
The state is also spending $8 million to acquire space in the Highlands; $8 million for Pinelands protection; $4 million in the Delaware Bay watershed; and $2 million in Cape May, in addition to other projects.