UNION COUNTY – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has authorized the purchase of three parcels of land totaling approximately five acres for $1.74 million from the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
The largest purchase is a 2.54-acre horse farm in Rahway at 537 Bramhall Road, which cost $1.2 million. While the horse farm has no historic designation, several buildings are over 100 years old and it is one of the last remaining farms in Union County.
The other two purchases will buffer existing parks from future development.
The freeholders agreed to purchase a parcel of 1.49 acres at 675 Madison Hill Road in Clark, which will expand the 13-acre Esposito Park. Esposito Park features a recreation area with tennis courts, playground, picnic area, skateboard park, restrooms, and a multipurpose softball and soccer field.
The final purchase is a parcel of 1.1 acres at 951-959 Leland Avenue in Plainfield for $212,500. It will expand the six-acre Peterson Farm. Family members continue to live on and farm the property under a purchase agreement with the county.
Over the past eight years, Union County has added more than 300 acres of open space to its parks system, which now totals more than 6,600 acres.
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