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Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Gloucester City Awarded $25,000 Recreation Facility Enhancement Grants

(Camden, NJ) – The Freeholder Board has approved the recommendations of the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee to award the 2016 Recreation Facility Enhancement Project Grants. The grants, totaling $750,000 this year, are funded through the Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund, are presented to existing publicly owned recreation facilities planning to expand their utilization for recreational purposes.

“These grants are an opportunity to build and enhance our parks and playgrounds throughout the county. We know these passive and active recreational offerings make Camden County a special place to live and improve our overall quality of life,” said Freeholder Jeffery L. Nash, liaison to the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee. “This year’s applications represented a wide range of projects throughout the county. We appreciate the hard work and planning that went into each request.”

Each year, municipal organizations are invited to submit an application detailing the enhancements planned for their existing recreation facilities for consideration by the advisory committee. The requests for funding are limited to $25,000 per project, per year.  The projects must be completed within a one year period.  The Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund was created by the Freeholder Board in 1999 in response to overwhelming voter support of an open space referendum placed on the ballot in November 1998.

“We know that our community thrives and quality of life flourishes when we expand and enhance our parkland and recreational opportunities,” Nash said. “These are the things that make Camden County a great place to live, work and raise a family in and I’m looking forward to seeing many of these projects come to fruition for the respective towns.”

2016 Grant Recipients


Mansion Avenue School playground $25,000


Recreation enhancement waterfront access project $25,000

Berlin Borough

Berlin Soccer Club – Franklin Ave. Fields $25,000

Berlin Township

Robert Clyde Memorial Park – Large Hockey Rink $25,000


Multi-use path at Waterfront Park $25,000


Neighborhood Center, Inc. – baseball field renovation $25,000

Cherry Hill Township

Ashland Playground $25,000

Columbia Lake Park $25,000

Croft Farm-wildlife observation deck $25,000

DeCou Playground $25,000


Leanna Harris Park $25,000


Community parks enhancements $25,000


Gibbsboro Bikeway – Blueberry Hill to US Ave extension $25,000

Amenities for the Gibbsboro Bikeway System $25,000

Gloucester City

Walnut Ave., Paul St. and Thompson Ave. playgrounds $25,000

Gloucester Township

Electronic bicycle kiosk $25,000

Haddon Township

New Jersey Avenue Playground improvements $25,000

Haddon Heights

Soccer Association – McCullough Athletic Complex $25,000

Heights Baseball Booster Club – Cervino Field $25,000


Albertson Park $25,000


Chestnut Ave. multi-purpose path $25,000

Pennsauken Township

Meadowbrook Park $25,000


Somerdale Baseball & Softball Assoc. – indoor practice facility $25,000

Somerdale Youth Basketball League – Perry Complex $25,000


Vasser Avenue Sports Complex $25,000

Yellin Recreational Complex-Phase III $25,000

Voorhees Township

Kirkwood Park, Lake Villa, and Sandpiper playgrounds $25,000

Lake Villa playground $25,000

Lion’s Villa playground $25,000

Waterford Township

Thomas Richards Park $25,000

(Source: Camden County Freeholders Press Release)