County Grants to Restore Historic Library, Improve Park

MIDDLESEX COUNTY—The Board of Chosen Freeholders authorized the use of a total of $825,000 for two recreation grants at its meeting this week.

Perth Amboy will receive $325,000 from the county’s Open Space and Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund to restore and expand the Carnegie Library. The funds will be used to prepare a preservation plan and specifications for restoring the city’s historic library.


Metuchen will receive $500,000 to make improvements to the Charles Street Park.  The funds will be used to upgrade the turf, lighting and drainage of the existing softball and soccer fields.

“Both of these projects are in line with the intent of the Open Space and Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund,” said Freeholder Director Stephen J. “Pete” Dalina. “With these funds we are able to restore, preserve and improve the county’s recreational offerings and ensure that facilities such as these are kept maintained and up to date.”

The terms of the county’s Open Space Trust Fund, through which about 7,000 acres of open lands have been preserved, were expanded by voter referendum in 2003 to include active recreation, and historic and farmland preservation projects.

“By offering towns these kinds of grants, we are giving them the ability to preserve and improve a number of important recreational and historic facilities,” said Freeholder Carol Barrett, liaison to the Open Space Advisory Committee. “Through this wonderful program, we’ve been able to preserve open space and make improvements to a number of parks, libraries and other facilities in municipalities throughout the county.”

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