A special Freeholder Board-appointed committee recommended funding a half-dozen recreational trail projects in six towns across the county at a cost of $583,165 as part of the Morris County Trail Construction Grant Program that was initiated by the county governing board in 2016.
The Recommended grant includes $240,000 for Jefferson Township for the Liffy Island Boardwalk and Trails project. Trail grants also included for projects in Hanover, Morris Township, Washington Township, and Wharton.
The freeholders are expected to formally vote to approve the grants at their Dec. 13 meeting. Funding will come from the county’s voter-approved Preservation Trust Fund.
“This is an excellent investment in the county’s recreational infrastructure that will improve the quality of life for all residents, making Morris County a better place to live and work and locate a business,’’ said Freeholder Christine Myers, who is the board’s liaison to Planning and Preservation. “It also enhances tourism options, providing even more recreational opportunities for visitors to our county.’’
“This second round of projects continued to show a diversity in trail projects supporting each town’s interest of connecting their communities to both local and regional trail networks.’’ said Morris County Park Commission Executive Director Dave Helmer. “As a result, residents of Morris County will have an additional 4.1-miles of trails to walk, run, hike, bike and horseback ride on in the next few years as these projects are completed.”