The Monmouth County Park System is currently reviewing and updating
the County Open Space Plan. The previous plan was adopted in 2006 to
preserve land in Monmouth County for recreation, water resources,
natural areas, and improved quality of life for county residents.
As a result of this guidance, over 2,000 acres have been added to the
Park System since 2006, bringing the total acreage of the Park System
to more than 17,000. The recreational facilities and open space provided
in Monmouth County are visited over six million times annually.
Key elements of the 2006 Open Space Plan included:
- Encourage municipalities to develop open space plans and acquire lands
- Encourage linkages between parks
- Work with partners on parks projects
- Manage, design and improve parks to protect valuable resources
- Promote public awareness of environmental stewardship issue
- Budget for operations in proportion to the acquisition of additional land
- Lands should have conservation and recreation value
- Create a geographically balanced park system
- Follow the Park System Lands Classification System
- Expand current parks where possible
- Develop new parks in densely populated or underserved areas
- Increase public access to waterfront areas
- Develop a county-wide trail network
Over the last 10 years the region has made incredible progress and
faced serious challenges. As a result, we are expanding the scope of the
Open Space Plan to meet the current needs of the community. In addition
to the elements of the previous plan, the following items will be
- Preservation of habitat areas and species specific habitat areas
- Preservation of century forests
- Protection of headwaters of surface water drinking supply
- Ground water re-charge area protection
Accessibility via cycling and walking
Accessibility via mass transit
ADA compliance within and surrounding our parks
- Consistent acquisition throughout the county
- Expanded opportunities for urban recreation
- ADA accessibility
- Improving access for all ages
Resiliency & Sustainability
- County Hazard Mitigation Projects
- Mapping flood prone areas
- Planning for sea level rise
- The Monmouth County Park System is the largest owner of historic properties and buildings in the county.
- The Monmouth County Park System has a role in preserving county history.
- The Monmouth County Park System must be a responsible caretaker.
The development of the Open Space Plan includes analysis of the
county as a whole, by region, individual municipalities, and park by
park. It is an extensive undertaking, but we recognize that the issues
and needs of one region of the county are not the same as others. To
better understand this we are asking the community for input.
The parks belong to us all and are here to serve the community. To
achieve this, residents are encouraged to participate in our Citizen
Survey for 2017. Residents are also encouraged to send comments and
questions via email and check back for updates as draft copies of the
plan are uploaded for review and comment. Additional public meetings for
review and comment will be scheduled this fall.
This site will be updated with further information,
including the dates and locations of events. Make sure to sign up for
our Park System email list to stay informed of upcoming events and
opportunities to participate in the planning process.
County Open Space Plan Presentation to the Residents of Monmouth County 2017
Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund Fact Sheet
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Please email us with questions or comments.