Exciting News! Frelinghuysen Township was awarded a $14,400.00 grant through the Recreational Trails Program. The goal of the Recreational Trails Program is to improve public access to open space, provide outdoor recreation opportunities, develop trail linkages, create urban and suburban trail corridors and provide sites and facilities for additional and improved hiking, biking, horseback riding, and off-highway vehicle activities.
Grant funding is made available through the Federal Highway Administration to the states for assistance in maintaining trails and trail facilities. The Federal Highway Trust Fund is the source of the funding from a portion of the motor fuel excise tax. In this round, 63 applications were approved for a total of $1,188,500 in award monies. The New Jersey Trails Council recommended all of the grant recipients for approval.
The Public Land Managers will be using our portion of the grant to create parking areas, install access gates, interpretive signage and trail blazing. There will also be extensive trail clearing and blazing by volunteers for the required in kind contribution of citizens’ time and effort. When the project is complete, a kiosk with updated maps of the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve Trail network will be installed.
We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant as it gives us funding to be able to complete many of the open-ended projects on the property.
As always, we will need volunteers to help us complete these projects. Please sign up to become a volunteer here.