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Four Union County Municipalities to Receive “Discover Our Parks” Grants Totaling $2,500

Union County, NJ – The County of Union has distributed the 2019 Discovering Our Parks grants to four municipalities. The grant is a component of the Kid’s Recreation Trust Fund meant to encourage municipalities to incorporate County recreational facilities into summer camp programs offered to children.

Grants totaled $2,500 and were awarded in October of 2018 to participating agencies in Rahway, Roselle, Summit and Hillside. Funds will be used for summer camp programs during the Summer of 2019.

 “The Freeholder Board is thrilled to provide these Discover Our Parks grants that will assist our youngest residents in taking full advantage of County facilities through their locally organized summer camp programs,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Union County has excellent recreational facilities and we encourage municipalities to apply for these grants when available so that everyone has the opportunity to experience them.”

Groups participating in the Discover Our Parks program will be able to visit one facility in the morning, have a picnic lunch (provided by the participants) and visit a second facility in the afternoon. Each facility will provide the opportunity for a recreational activity.

“It’s always a pleasure to provide County youth with the chance to experience the outdoors,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados who is Chairman of the Open Space Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. “Through these grants they have the opportunity to learn about all our county has to offer.”

This year, recipients of the grants will have a choice of activities to include in their programs. Activities offered will take place at the following locations: Galloping Hill Driving Range, Ashbrook Pitch and Putt, the Watchung Stable and the Trailside Nature and Science Center.

For more information about this program and other grants available through the Kid’s Recreation Trust Fund, contact Victoria Durbin, Trust Fund Administrator at 908-558-2277 or

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