NJ Department Of Community Affairs Awards $10M For Local Recreation Improvements

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

SOUTH JERSEY – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) has announced the award of $10 million in Local Recreation Improvement Grants to counties, municipalities, and school districts across New Jersey including 36 in South Jersey.

The grants, meant to help improve community parks, recreation centers, and local stadiums, were awarded to 162 local governments after a competitive application process to ensure public access to quality outdoor recreation and community resources, according to a press release from the DCA.

“DCA is proud to assist local governments in repairing and upgrading their parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities into spaces that promote people’s physical and mental well-being,” Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner, said in the press release. “A big part of what makes a community healthy and vibrant is giving residents the opportunity to take a walk, play a game, and participate in sports and other activities with friends and neighbors in a safe and accessible place.” 

Grant recipients will use the funding to help cover costs associated with updating community centers, playgrounds, pools, fields, walking or bicycle trails, rail trails, multi-sport courts, and recreational facilities. The grants can also be utilized for one-time personnel costs directly related to improvements; project development professional services costs; equipment costs including playground and recreation facilities equipment; environmental remediation costs required to prepare recreation sites for use; and staff training costs.

The South Jersey awards are as follows:

Atlantic City – $100,000

Buena Vista Township – $57,000

Egg Harbor City School District – $75,000

Egg Harbor Township – $75,000

Folsom Borough – $40,000

Linwood City – $55,000

Margate City – $50,000

Mullica Township – $90,000

Pleasantville City – $90,000

Somers Point City – $75,000

Ventnor City – $50,000

Barrington Borough – $75,000

Berlin Township – $75,000

Cherry Hill Township – $60,000

Chesilhurst Borough – $75,000

Gloucester City – $75,000

Haddon Heights Borough – $75,000

Merchantville Borough – $40,000

Voorhees Township – $100,000

Cape May County Technical School District Cape May – $45,000

Dennis Township – $50,000

Upper Township School District – $60,000

West Cape May Borough – $75,000

Wildwood Crest Borough – $50,000

Bridgeton City – $50,000

Commercial Township – $50,000

Maurice River Township – $50,000

Millville City – $40,000

Vineland City – $40,000

Greenwich Township Board of Education – $70,000

Logan Township Board of Education – $65,000

Pitman Borough Board of Education – $50,000

West Deptford Township – $70,000

Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional SD – $80,000

Quinton Township School – $20,000

A full list of the recipients can be found here

“The Division of Local Government Services developed this program, in part, to provide quality outdoor recreational space for the residents of underserved communities,” said DLGS Director Jacquelyn Suárez. “This need has been especially heightened over the last couple of years as people searched for outdoor spaces to help alleviate the significant stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic.”

The Local Government Improvement Grants are reimbursement-based with no advance payment or drawdown of grant funds.

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