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. A copy of the 2014 manual and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Sheet are posted here - see below.

Applications for 2014 funding will be mailed to Mayors, Administrators and Clerks of all Monmouth County municipalities on or about May 1, 2014.

The 2014 filing deadline is 4pm, Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
The Board of Chosen Freeholders selected the following projects for 2013 funding at its
December 10, 2013 meeting:

  • Asbury Park   
    Springwood Avenue Park and Recreation Area – Phase 3 (Development) $250,000
  • Atlantic Highlands           
    Harbor Park Tennis & Basketball Court Restoration (Development) $113,000
  • Brielle        
    Brielle Park Storm Damage Rehabilitation (Development) $50,000
  • Eatontown               
    Wolcott Park Restroom and Storage Facility Improvements (Development) $180,000
  • Fair Haven         
    Fair Haven Fields Buffer Restoration (Development)  $30,000
  • Keyport    
    Veteran’s Park/Benjamin Terry Park Passive Use Improvements (Development) $101,000
  • Manalapan      
    Manalapan Recreation Center Bathroom and Concession Building (Development) $250,000
  • Marlboro     
    Marlboro Country Park Ballfield (Development) $250,000
  • Matawan       
    Gravelly Park Improvement Project – Phase 1 (Development)  $250,000
  • Neptune Township   
    Stratford Skate Park (Development) $250,000
  • Oceanport   
    Blackberry Bay Park Rehabilitation of Boat Launch Facility (Development) $168,000
  • Red Bank    
    Marine Park Restroom Relocation & Sandy-Related Improvements (Development) $188,000
  • Union Beach       
    Scholer Park – Phase 5 (Development) $50,000

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