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DEP Extends Green Acre's Funding Application Deadline for Local Governments

(03/23) TRENTON - Reinforcing Governor McGreevey's goal to create and upgrade 200 local parks over the next three years, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today extended the Green Acre's application deadline for local governments to April 1 from March 1, 2003.

"We've extended the Green Acres funding application deadline to give county and municipal governments across the state more time to take advantage of the new open space and park development initiatives proposed by Governor McGreevey in his State of the State Address," said DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell. "Under the Governor's direction, we will be allocating greater funding for land acquisition and park development in more populated communities."

As part of the Green Acre's program, recreation development funding provides for playground equipment, boardwalks, tennis and basketball courts, ballfields, landscaping, lighting, parking and other amenities in hundreds of community parks. Additionally, past park development funding has provided for waterfront developments in Camden, Bayonne, Jersey City and several other communities across the state. Land acquisition projects have included the purchase of natural areas, waterfront properties, stream corridors, and land for future outdoor recreational facilities.

Green Acre's applications will be accepted through April 1, 2003. For more information, local government officials can call their Green Acres project manager or visit Green Acres on the web at

The Green Acres Program was created in 1961 to meet New Jersey's growing recreational and conservation needs. To date, Green Acres has protected more than 513,174 acres of open space and provided funding to develop hundreds of parks, bringing the state-wide system of preserved open space and farmland to more than 1.2 million acres.



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