Guy recommends $8.5M allocation for 24 Hudson County open space projects


Hudson County Executive Craig Guy is recommending allocating $8,498,822 from the Open Space, Recreation and Historical Preservation Trust Fund for 24 different projects across all 12 local municipalities.

Photo courtesy of the Hudson County government.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Hudson County Open Space, Recreation and Historical Preservation Trust Fund was created to ensure Hudson County’s open spaces and parks are adequately supported to make the necessary upgrades, repairs, and connections surrounding communities need to enjoy and access these areas,” Guy said in a statement.

“The county is proud to support all 12 municipalities throughout the development of these 24 projects, the largest number of awarded projects ever, that will provide the proper infrastructure Hudson County residents deserve in their playgrounds, dog parks, skate parks, waterfronts, recreation centers and much more.”

These potential awards would fund projects like safety upgrades, green space improvements, and playground enhancements countywide.

“When parents and families bring their children to city parks throughout Hudson County, they know they have the best of the best equipment to keep them safe,” began Hudson County Board of Commissioners Chair Anthony Romano (D-5).

“Under the county executive’s new leadership, the mayors of the 12 municipalities within Hudson have worked together to meet the needs of residents.”

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt, Harrison Mayor James Fife, and Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli all commended Guy for his suggestions, which will come up for a vote before the county commissioners on September 26th.

“The City of Bayonne would like to thank the County for the funding to extend the Waterfront Walkway by 800 feet along the southern side of the former Military Ocean Terminal,” noted Davis.

“We are also grateful to the county for assisting us in replacing worn-out rubber surfacing and exercise equipment at Veterans’ Park. Both of these projects will improve recreation and the quality of life in Bayonne.”

The map with the projected allocations for each project can be found here.

“I am so thankful to learn that we will be receiving a substantial Open Space Grant, which will provide funding to completely upgrade Ivanoski Park with all new equipment and surfacing,” exclaimed Gonnelli.

“Not only will the park receive significant upgrades, it will be all inclusive! My sincere thanks go out to Craig Guy and the County’s Open Space team.”

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