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News From 19th Legislative District

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Date: February 20, 2004
Contact: Senator Vitale
Michal Shmulovich
Phone: (732) 855-7441
Fax: (732) 855-7558

SENATOR VITALE AND COMMISSIONER CAMPBELL PRESENT $1 MILLION IN GREEN ACRES FUNDS TO CARTERET

CARTERET-Senator Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex) and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced $1,000,000 in Green Acres redevelopment and land acquisition funds to the Borough of Carteret Mayor Daniel J. Reiman.

Commissioner Campbell presented the Green Acres funding aid today during a tour of Carteret Waterfront Park hosted by Senator Vitale.

"I am holding this event so that we all can see the enormous, positive impact this Green Acres funding has on Carteret," stated Senator Vitale. "Mayor Reiman has done a fantastic job by making the waterfront a priority for recreational and economical purposes. This area is valuable to our citizens and community alike. For this we are most grateful to Commissioner Campbell and Green Acres."

The funds will enable the Borough of Carteret to improve and expand its waterfront. A portion of the aid will be used for the acquisition of four acres of land (right of Middlesex Avenue) adjacent to Waterfront Park for additional public access and parking. The improvements to the park will include the development of a fishing pier, boat launch, gazebo, picnic area and pedestrian walkway.

"Improving and increasing access to recreational facilities is critical to the quality of life enjoyed by New Jersey residents," said Commissioner Campbell. "Ensuring that Carteret and other densely populated communities get their fair share of Green Acres funding is an integral component of Governor McGreevey's Build a Better New Jersey initiative."

"This is a great feat for the Borough of Carteret," stated Mayor Reiman. "The vision I have for this project is to give the people of Carteret a beautiful place to come and enjoy the waterfront. We are very lucky to have it - and this should be a symbol of Carteret's renewal and vigor…and this is only the
beginning of our development process, thanks to Green Acres and Commissioner Campbell."

The DEP's Green Acres Program purchases land to protect environmentally sensitive open space, water resources and other significant natural and historical open space. Land acquired by Green Acres becomes part of the statewide system of parks and forest, wildlife management areas and natural areas.

Through the Local Assistance Program, Green Acres provides funding to county and municipal governments and nonprofit organizations to acquire open space and parks in their communities.

Green Acres is also committed to providing parks and outdoor recreation facilities, urban wildlife preserves, and quality open spaces in cities, suburbs, and other developed communities throughout the state.

Since Governor McGreevey took office, the Green Acres Program has acquired 51,026 acres of open space - state 32,798 acres, local 9,903 acres, and nonprofit 8,325 acres. To date, the Green Acres Program has protected more than 532,264 acres of open space and provided funding to develop hundreds of parks statewide. The statewide system of preserved open space and farmland totals more than 1.24 million acres.

For more information about the Green Acres program visit the website at www.nj.gov/dep/greenacres.

 

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