The Board of Chosen Freeholders has allocated $2 million from the annual Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund for cooperative projects with Monmouth County municipalities. Both land acquisition and development for park, recreation, and open space purposes are eligible for funding.

The Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Grant Program is a competitive program. The project eligibility and evaluation criteria are described in the Policy and Procedures Manual. Please see below.

Applications for 2015 funding will be mailed to Mayors, Administrators and Clerks of all Monmouth County municipalities in April/May 2015.  The 2015 filing deadline is Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders selected the following projects for 2014 funding:

  • Allenhurst   
    Allen Avenue Park Improvements (Development) $140,000
  • Belmar   
    Maclearie Park Improvements Phase 1 (Development) $250,000

  • Fair Haven  
    Improvements to Provide Waterfront Access (Development) $250,000

  • Freehold Township     
    Universally Integrated Playground at Michael J. Tighe Park (Development) $159,000

  • Keansburg   
    Friendship Park Addition (Acquisition) $19,000

  • Manalapan   
    Splash Park at Manalapan Recreation Center (Development) $188,000

  • Manasquan   
    Mallard Park Improvements (Development) $175,000

  • Marlboro   
    Nolan Road Park Tennis Courts (Development) $145,000

  • Millstone   
    Millstone Park Phase I Improvements (Development) $250,000

  • Neptune Township  
    Sunshine Field Track Improvements (Development)  $232,000

  • Ocean
    Colonial Terrace Golf Course Fourth Fairway Renovation Project (Development) $182,000

  • Rumson 
    Piping Rock Park Improvements – Phase 1 (Development) $250,000

  • Shrewsbury 
    Improvements to Manson Park (Development) $104,000

  • Spring Lake   
    Marucci Park Improvements – Phase 2 (Development) $130,000

  • Union Beach   
    Scholer Park – Phase 6  (Development)  $75,000

The Program is administered by the Monmouth County Park System on behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Questions and correspondence should be addressed to the Monmouth County Park System, Acquisition and Design Office, Attn: Open Space Grant Program, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738. For additional information, please call 732-842-4000, ext 4472 or email