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Green Acres Funding

Approximate Green Acre Funding Acquired: $4,186,000
The Green Acres Program was created in 1961 to meet New Jersey's growing recreation and conservation needs. From 1961 through 1995 New Jersey's voters overwhelmingly approved nine bond issues, earmarking over $1.4 billion for land acquisition and park development. On November 3, 1998, New Jersey voters approved a referendum which creates a stable source of funding for open space, farmland, and historic preservation and recreation development, and on June 30, 1999, the Garden State Preservation Trust Act was signed into law. The bill establishes, for the first time in history, a stable source of funding for preservation efforts (EPA).

Egg Harbor Township has enlisted Mott Associates to perform professional surveying of many recreational and open space sites for compliance with Green Acres funding. To date, Mott Associates has helped the Township of Egg Harbor receive $300,000 and $400,000 in funding for the construction of Bargaintown Park, $150,000 and $250,000 in funding for the construction Tony Canale Park, a 3 million dollar grant for open space of English Creek Manor and a $860,000 grant for open space of the Naame property.