Menendez Announces Almost $2 Million For New Jersey Recreational Trails

Menendez Announces Almost $2 Million For New Jersey Recreational Trails

Grants will enhance the state’s open spaces as well as biking, hiking, and horseback riding opportunities, so much a part of New Jersey families’ recreational activities

Application deadline is December 15, 2009

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez announced that New Jersey will receive $1.8 million for the development and enhancement of the state's recreational trails. This federal funding was awarded by the Federal Highway Administration under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act.

Competitive grants will be awarded through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to government agencies and non-profit organizations for the improvement of open space, enhancement of environmental resources, and the creation of urban and suburban corridors and to provide additional hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities. Recipients are required to provide a 20 percent matching share for each project.

"New Jersey has been nicknamed the Garden State not only for its lush landscape; our state has numerous recreational trails that millions of New Jerseyans enjoy almost year 'round, biking, hiking, horseback riding and admiring its natural beauty," said Senator Menendez. "This federal funding not only serves to enhance the physical aspects of our state's natural resources, it serves as a backdrop for family outings, exercise, or for anyone who simply enjoys the outdoors."

Previously approved projects totaling $833,109 were awarded to the following recreational trails:Bergen County
Meadowlands Conservation Trust, Richard P. Kane Natural Area: $21,880
Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Southern Trails Extension: $21,070

Camden County
Cooper's Ferry Development Association, Wiggins Park Trail Restoration: $25,000
Merchantville Borough, Chestnut Avenue Pedestrian/Bikeway Extension: $25,000


Cape May County
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, Two-Mile Beach Unit Boardwalk Trail: $23,774

Essex County
Livingston Township, Trail Maps and Signage: $9,150
South Mountain Conservancy Inc., Trail Repairs and Signage: $24,875

Hudson County
Hudson County, Hudson River Waterfront Walkway: $25,000

Hunterdon County
Alexandria Equestrian Association Inc., Schick Reserve Trails: $12,500
Readington Township, Trail Network: $19,600

Mercer County
Friends of Howell Living History Farm, Baldpate Mountain History Trail: $25,000
Mercer County Equestrian Center, Mercer Educational Gardens Trail Linkage: $13,746
Mercer County Park Commission, Signage and Mapping: $21,000
Princeton Township, Quaker Road Pathway: $10,000

Middlesex County
Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands, Mapleton Preserve/Princeton Nursery Trails: $6,865
Middlesex County Parks and Recreation, Trail Mapping: $2,500
South Brunswick Township, Freedom Trail Improvements: $24,000

Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Borough, Trail Improvements 2009: $25,000
Monmouth County Park System, Claypit Creek Connector: $25,000
Wall Township, Capital to the Coast Trail: $1,260


Morris County
Denville Township, Muriel Hepner Park: $25,000
Morris Township, Jockey Hollow Trails: $25,000
Wharton Borough, West Morris Greenway Trail: $25,000

Ocean County
Brick Township, Trail Restoration and Maintenance: $17,725
Double Trouble State Park, Multi-Use Trail Restoration: $7,458

Passaic County
Newark Watershed Conservation & Development Corp., Echo Lake Accessible Trail: $21,972
Passaic River Coalition, Waterview and Highland Meadow Trails: $14,860
Wayne Township, High Mountain Park Trails: $11,250

Salem County
Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee, Trail Improvements: $25,000

Somerset County
Bedminster Township, River Road Trail Restoration: $24,400

Sussex County
Andover Township, Andover Trail/Bikeway: $25,000
Newton Town, Sussex Branch Trail Rehabilitation: $25,000
Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee, the Park at Sparta Junction: $25,000
Stokes State Forest, Trail Marker Replacement: $4,000
Wawayanda State Park, Double Pond Trail: $3,072
Wawayanda State Park, Livingston Trails Rehabilitation: $4,010

Union County
New Jersey Youth Corps of Plainfield, Green Brook Park: $25,000
New Providence Borough, Oakwood Park Trails: $9,000

Warren County
Allamuchy Mountain State Park, Allamuchy Pond Trail: $16,000

Multiple Counties
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park (Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon and Somerset), Podcast Trail Tours: $4,330
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Sussex, Warren), Trail Maintenance and Restoration: $25,000
East Coast Greenway Alliance (Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Union), Education and Awareness Project: $19,160
Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Passaic, Sussex and Warren), Trail Equipment Storage and Transport: $13,000
Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Passaic, Sussex and Warren), Trail Maintenance Equipment: $19,400
Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Passaic, Sussex and Warren), Trail Tools and Supplies: $15,161
New Jersey Audubon Society (Bergen, Cape May, Hunterdon, Ocean, Sussex and Warren), Trail Improvements: $4,395
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren), Trail Skills Workshop Series: $24,696
Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union), Passaic River Blueway: $12,000

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