Municipal Open Space Grant Program

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 2020 funding will be mailed to Mayors, Administrators and Clerks of all Monmouth County municipalities in June 2020.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders selected the following projects for 2019 funding:

Borough of Bradley Beach   
North End Boardwalk Improvements - $180,000   

Township of Marlboro   
Nolan Road Park Improvements, Phase 2 - $200,000  

Borough of Little Silver    
Sickles Field/Parker Homestead Parking & Picnic Area - $74,000   

Borough of Matawan   
Gravelly Park, Phase 3 - $250,000  

Borough of Union Beach   
Improvements to Scholer Park, Phase 8 - $50,000

Township of Aberdeen   
Storyland & Ivy Hill Park Improvements - $180,000  

Borough of Tinton Falls   
Traditions Park Improvements - $200,000   

Township of Freehold     
My Playground at Opatut Park - $190,000   

Borough of Allentown   
Sgt. George Ashby Memorial Park - $125,000   

Borough of Manasquan     
Clarke Property Acquisition - $250,000   

Township of Howell   
Capital to Coast Trail Extension - $200,000   

Township of Middletown   
Normandy Park Improvements - $250,000   

Borough of Red Bank   
Red Bank Park Improvements, Phase 2 - $200,000   

Borough of Eatontown   
Nicodemus Gate Parcel Acquisition - $108,000   

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

Grant Closeout Documents for Park Development Projects: