WOODBRIDGE – The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders have approved a $420,000 grant to purchase nearly seven acres of open space at the Springwood Swim Club in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios and Woodbridge Township Mayor John E. McCormac announced. The county-sponsored open space grant will add 6.64 green acres to the township’s open space and environmental resource inventory and will curtail any future development of the property.
Joining Rios and McCormac to make the announcement were Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Ralph G. Albanir, Director, Middlesex County Department of Parks & Recreation, Woodbridge Municipal Council President Charles Kenny, Anthony D’Alessandro, President, Springwood Swim Club, members of the Springwood Swim Club, and neighborhood residents.
“We truly appreciate the county’s consideration and funding assistance in the purchase of this open space property,” McCormac said. “By preserving this land, the County of Middlesex is sending a clear message that further development in this area is not consistent with smart growth and that keeping the area as open space compliments the Township’s continuing efforts to ensure environmental preservation.”
“The Freeholder Board dedicates open space dollars for projects that have wide-ranging benefits to the community. We are pleased to move forward with this grant, knowing that the added open space will benefit not only Woodbridge Township residents, but everyone throughout the county that visit neighboring Merrill Park and other County parks and facilities,” said Rios.
McCormac and Rios noted that that the purchase of the Springwood Swim Club development rights curtails any future development and ensures that the property remains open space into the future. In fact, had development moved forward, the residential quality of life in the area would have been significantly impacted.
“Over the past ten years and since becoming Mayor, we have successfully secured nearly $15 million in Open Space funding from the county – monies used to purchase and preserve more than 200 additional acres of scarce open space lands as Green Acres. As a result, Woodbridge Township’s open space and environmental resource inventory currently is in excess of 350 acres preserved as open space. I am proud of this accomplishment and will continue to work to preserve our limited open space areas which will support an even better quality of life for all Township residents,” McCormac said.
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