Federal highway funds will go toward enhancing nearly 50 New Jersey trails

TRENTON – Some 49 recreational trails throughout the state will split $1.28 million in federal Highway Administration grants, the state Department of Environmental Protection said on Wednesday.

“The quality of life for New Jersey residents is enhanced by the wide and varying network of rural, suburban and urban trails, which connects the fabric of our communities across the state,” state DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in a statement. “This links directly to Governor Christie’s commitment to preserving open space, and keeping all of our state parks open, to offer a wide variety of affordable recreational opportunities and enjoyment to persons of all abilities, ages and means across the state.”

The funds will be used to help maintain or extend the trails, enabling such activities as biking, hiking, horseback riding, among other things, officials said.

“This funding is essential to development and maintenance of a statewide network of trails,” said DEP Assistant Commissioner of Natural and Historic Resources Amy Cradic. “The matching grants help to finance opportunities for more access to the state’s open spaces, and also create alternative transportation corridors, and health and fitness opportunities, while enhancing the state’s natural and historic resources.”

The recipients are required to provide a 20 percent matching share for each project.

The following is a list of approved 2011 recreational trail projects:

Atlantic County:

Atlantic County Division of Parks and Recreation, Boardwalk Extension in Estell Manor Park: $10,000

Bergen County:

Bergen County Department of Parks, Van Buskirk Island County Park: $24,700 Garfield, Passaic River Park Trails: $24,700

Burlington County:

New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Relocation of Batona Trail in the Franklin Parker Preserve: $24,700

Camden County:

Camden County Parks Department, Bike Path Improvements in Maria Barnaby-Greenwald Memorial Park: $24,700 Cooper’s Ferry Development Association, Pyne Poynt Park Trail Development Project: $24,700 Gibbsboro Borough, Multi-use trail development United States Avenue to Blueberry Hill: $24,700

Cape May County:

Belleplain State Forest, Vine Street Trailhead and Parking Lot (Dennis Township): $9,900 Corson’s Inlet State Park, 59th Street Ocean City Boardwalk (Ocean City): $5,850

Cumberland County:

Maurice River Township, Bicycle Trail Improvements: $11,457

Essex County:

Eagle Rock Reservation Conservancy, Trails Project Completion of the Walking Trail (West Orange): $21,500 South Mountain Conservancy, Inc., South Mountain Reservation Trail Construction and Repair: $24,700

Gloucester County:

Wenonah Borough, Eldridge Trail Restoration and Footbridge Reconstruction: $24,700

Hudson County:

New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Secaucus Greenway/Mill Creek Point Link: $7,450

Hunterdon County:

Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance, Delaware River Stewardship Initiative: $5,560 Student Conservation Association, Trail Crew, Voorhees State Park (Glen Gardner): $24,700 Student Conservation Association, Trail Crew, Hunterdon County (East Amwell): $24,000 Student Conservation Association, Trail Crew, Round Valley Recreation Area (Clinton Township): $24,700 Division of Parks and Forestry, Central Region, Materials to Support Student Conservation Association Roving Trail Crews: $24,700

Mercer County:

Mercer County Park Commission, Trenton to Trails (Hopewell): $22,870 Ewing Township, Johnson Trolley Line Trail Improvements: $24,700 Hamilton Township, Veterans Park Signage, $19,100 Hopewell Township, Lawrence-Hopewell Trail (Section 17): $24,700 Pennington Borough, Connection to Lawrence-Hopewell Trail: $24,700 Princeton Township, Quaker Road Pathway (Segment 3): $24,700 Delaware & Raritan Greenway Land Trust, NJ Trails Association Trail Mapping: $12,000 Lawrence-Hopewell Trail, Inc., Carson Road Woods (Segment 20-Lawrence Township): $24,700 Delaware River Greenway Partnership, Delaware River Water Trail Signage (Trenton): $24,600 D&R Canal State Park, Utility Vehicle (Princeton Township): $22,000

Middlesex County:

Cheesequake State Park, Green Trail Walkway (Old Bridge Township): $24,680 Rutgers University, Trails Development in Rutgers EcoPreserve: $8,509

Monmouth County:

Millstone Township, Doctors Creek Trail Loop Project: $22,900

Morris County:

Morris County Park Commission, Patriot’s Path West Morris Greenway Extension (Randolph): $24,700 Mine Hill Township, Dickerson Mine Preserve Trail Network: $24,365 Morris Township, Jones Woods Trail Extension, $8,900 Roxbury Township, Horseshoe Lake Connection-West Morris Greenway: $23,000

Ocean County:

Ocean Township, Municipal Trails Program-Phase One Improvements: $24,700 Double Trouble State Park (Berkeley), Grading and Multi-use Trail System: $2,400 Forest Resource Education Center (Jackson), Expanding Trail Opportunities: $22,460

Passaic County:

Passaic County, Pompton Aquatic Park Trail Project (Pompton Lakes): $21,500 New Jersey Geological Survey, Trails Map for Wawayanda State Park (West Milford): $14,900

Somerset County:

Duke Farms Foundation, Conservation Trail at Duke Farms (Hillsborough): $24,700 Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Six Mile Run Trail (Franklin Township): $1,050

Sussex County:

Byram Township, Brookwood Park: $19,165

Newton, Sussex Branch Trail Pedestrian Bridge: $24,000

Warren County:

Allamuchy Township, Allamuchy Recreation Trail: $24,700

Multiple Counties:

Delaware River Greenway Partnership (Hunterdon, Mercer, Warren), Delaware River Water Trail Signage: $24,600 Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners (Passaic, Essex counties), Passaic River Blueway Map and Guide: $24,700 Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association, Trail Signage, Mapping, (various locations): $13,860.

The deadline to apply for the next round of trail grants to the DEP is Feb. 15, 2012. Federal, state, county and local governments and nonprofit groups are eligible for the federal funds.

Those interested in additional grant information, an application form, or who want to read New Jersey’s 2009 Trails Plans Update that offers a vision, goals and strategic actions to guide the State’s trails efforts, should visit www.trails.nj.gov Federal highway funds will go toward enhancing nearly 50 New Jersey trails