August 2, 2007
Thumbs Up to Parks at
FREEHOLD – The National Park Service (NPS) has approved
In a letter dated
“This approval is a giant step forward in securing the open space and recreation resources at
The Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution in support of the application at its July 12, 2007 meeting. The application, submitted in cooperation with the governing bodies of the Boroughs of Eatontown, Oceanport, and
The areas include open fields, lawn areas, forested wetlands and developed facilities that include the Youth and Fitness Centers (both with gymnasiums), two 25-meter swimming pools, a football complex, bowling center, ball fields, meeting spaces, picnic areas and a playground.
The county is seeking an easement interest for the marina property and the golf course. The placement of conservation easements on both areas will permanently protect the properties from development and, under the conditions of the Federal Lands for Parks program, provide opportunities for public recreation managed by the private sector.
The NPS recommendation also stated “the county’s acquisition of the property will satisfy the public’s need for active and passive recreational facilities in an area of increasing population and development. The closure of
Under the framework and structure of the Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) program, surplus federal property may be transferred between federal agencies. The NPS, as a subsection of the Department of Interior is empowered to recommend federal properties for inclusion in the Federal Lands for Parks program. The NPS recommends the transfer of the subject property to
The conveyance of the properties designated in the application is dependent upon the acceptance and approval of FMERPA and the Department of the Army.
The Monmouth County Park System is the official open space, park and recreation agency of the
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