$18M In Recreation Funding To Improve ‘High quality Of Life’ In Bergen Co.


HACKENSACK, NJ — Nearly $18 million will be distributed to local communities to support outdoor recreation infrastructure and maintain “quality of life” in Bergen County, a county spokesman said.

The grant funding comes after the Bergen County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved a list of projects recommended by the Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Committee.

The program is funded at a rate of one cent per $100 of the county’s total real estate appraisal, as approved by the public in 2013, and administers 70 grants as refunds once proposed projects are completed by awardees.

“The Board continues to prioritize quality open spaces to maximize recreational areas that are accessible to all county residents,” said Commissioner Steve Tanelli.

Suggested project awards (listed below) range from open space acquisition, flood control, historic preservation and improvements to county and city parks.

“The Open Space grant program is one of the finest tools in our arsenal to advance our collective goals of protecting the environment, promoting sustainability and preserving open spaces for future generations,” said County Executive Jim Tedesco. “I look forward to celebrating the completion of several of these projects over the coming months and years.”

Open space acquisition projects

  • East Rutherford – home of Richard Outwater
  • East Rutherford – 731 Lois Lane
  • Garfield – Riverwalk Expansion Phase V
  • Saddle River – 153 East Saddle River Road
  • Upper Saddle River – Acquisition of the Creative Gardens Tract
  • Washington – Parks and Recreation Expansion Project

monument preservation projects

  • Bergen County – Garretson Forge & Farm
  • Upper Saddle River Historical Society – Hopper-Goetschius House

County Park Improvement Projects

  • County Parks Department – Riverside County Park Phase III
  • County Parks Department – Riverside Park – Comfort Station
  • County Parks Department – Various Parks – Comfort Stations
  • County Parks Department – Teaneck Creek Park Trail Network
  • County Parks Department – Wortedyke Barn Restoration

City program park improvement projects

  • Allendale – Crestwood Lake: Installation of shade, tables, playground
  • Bergenfield – Thomas Roos Park: Tennis court resurfacing and pickleball court installation
  • Bogota – Oscar E. Olsen Park: Equipment overhaul, picnic tables, outdoor grills
  • Carlstadt – Zimmerman Park: ADA ramp, seating, landscaping, drainage and lighting
  • Cliffside Park – Zalewski Park: playground renovation, fencing and gates
  • Closter – Ruckman Park: Lighting installation for tennis and pickleball courts
  • Cresskill – Third Street Recreational Complex: pickleball court, walkway, benches
  • Demarest – Borough Hall Passive Recreation Project: walkway, gazebo, benches
  • Dumont – Veterans Memorial Park: Water features, benches and trash cans
  • East Rutherford – 10 Morton Street Sports Complex: Fields, ADA Grandstands, Playground
  • Elmwood Park – Borough Park: artificial grass football pitches, pavement repair, fencing
  • Emerson – Hillman Field: Lighting improvements and trail
  • Englewood Cliffs – Witte Field: Playground improvements, ADA equipment, dog park, pavilion
  • Fair Lawn — Etler Playground: New playground equipment and safety surfaces
  • Fairview – Columbus Park: Pavilion, scoreboard, sidewalk, updated circuits
  • Flat Rock Brook Association – Jones Road Streamside Restoration: Pavilion, ADA bridge, pathways, planting
  • Fort Lee – Whitey Lang Park: Playground equipment, rubberized raised surface
  • Franklin Lakes – Municipal Field Playground: Custom playground with accessible ramps
  • Garfield – 20th Century Field: Replace baseball fields with multipurpose turf fields
  • Glen Rock – Wilde Memorial Park: Installation of outdoor fitness equipment
  • Hackensack – West Railroad Park: Playground equipment and surface, fences, signs
  • Harrington Park – George Street Tennis Courts: Reconstruction of two remaining tennis courts
  • Haworth – Haworth Swim Club: Paving for the picnic area, concrete, tables, seating and a gazebo
  • Hillsdale – Beechwood Park Trail: Boardwalk replacement, viewing platform
  • Leonia – Wood Park: Tennis court resurfacing and pickleball court installation
  • Lodi – Memorial Park: Improvements and modernization of the track and the concrete slab
  • Lyndhurst – Townhall Basketball Courts: Basketball Courts, Striping, Backboards, Pickleball
  • Mahwah – Continental Soldiers Park: bocce ball alleys, drainage infrastructure improvements
  • Maywood – Maywood Pool: Concrete slab improvements, sidewalk around pool
  • Midland Park – Dairy Street Recreation Complex: Dugout canopy, concrete slabs, irrigation
  • Montvale – Huff Park Playground Improvements: Playground with rubberized safety surface
  • Moonachie – Joseph Street Park: Tennis court asphalt, coating, strips, nets, posts
  • New Milford – Prospect Park Lighting Project: Installation of lighting for basketball courts
  • North Arlington – Children’s Centennial Park: grandstands, bird bath, landscaping, ground levelling
  • Northvale – Veterans Park Dog Park Project: bag dispensers, fence gate, benches, fences
  • Norwood – Kennedy Park: Replace the baseball field fence, shade trees and park benches
  • Oakland – Bush Plaza Revitalization Project: Passive seating area with installed greenery
  • Old Tappan – Old Tappan Golf Course: New underground irrigation system
  • Oradell – Memorial Field: Drainage improvements, turf restoration and safety nets
  • Palisades Park – City pool improvements: splash guard, spray features and filtration
  • Paramus — Gennarelli Sports-Plex: Replace Playground Equipment, Gym Equipment
  • Ramsey – Finch Park: Basketball court resurfacing with paving and painting
  • Ridgefield – Veteran’s Memorial Park: Basketball and tennis courts, repaving backing
  • River Edge – Brookside Park: ADA play equipment, rubberized surface, path
  • River Vale – Mark Lane Lighting Replacement: LED field lighting upgrades
  • Rochelle Park – Carlock field lights and improvements: field lights and security cameras
  • Rockleigh – Borough Hall Lot: Drainage Improvements for Walk and Walk Safety
  • Rutherford – Memorial Park: milling and coating of tennis courts, coating system, fence
  • Saddle Brook – Mayhill Street Park: Improve tennis and basketball courts, ADA crosswalks
  • Saddle River — Rindlaub Park: Extension and modernization of path systems, viewing platforms
  • Teaneck – Phelps Park: Replacement of the paddling pool with a new splash pad
  • Tenalfy – Swimming Club: CCTV cameras, raised beds, fences, skate park, fountains
  • Upper Saddle River – One Lake Street Park: multipurpose fields, tennis courts, grandstands, trails
  • Waldwick — Brookview Park: Footbridge and easy walking trails
  • Westwood – Jake Voorhis Park: Basketball court replacement with new asphalt surface