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Eatontown to receive $275,000 Greenway Grant

Eatontown to receive $275,000 Greenway Grant
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The study area for the Eastontown Greenway Plan

On July 20, 2020, Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey announced that a $275,000 grant from the NJDOT Local Aid Infrastructure Fund Program would be dedicated to advance the Eatontown Greenway. The proposed greenway would consistent of a multi-use trail connecting Wolcott Park, Wampum Lake Memorial Park, and the F. Bliss Price Arboretum and Wildlife Sanctuary in the Borough of Eatontown, New Jersey. The finished project will include newly paved roads and sidewalks, a greenway between Wolcott and Wampum parks, additional lighting, and a footbridge over the water that separates Lewis & West Streets. The Borough is hosting celebratory events on August 14 and 21, each including an unveiling of the Greenway Plan. Residents will also be welcomed to fish, walk the trails and fully enjoy their soon-to-be transformed outdoor amenities.

A trail crossing, as proposed in the Eatontown Greenway Plan

A trail crossing, as proposed in the Eatontown Greenway Plan

The concept of a greenway was first advanced in 2018 by Eatontown’s Complete Streets Advisory Committee who then worked with the city to apply for a planning grant. The application was successful, and in 2019 the borough was one of nine municipalities who were awarded $10,000 in grant funding by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to further study this idea. The project team, which including BPRC, Sustainable Jersey, and NJTPA, studied the corridor and identified a series of recommendations on how to best connect the parks. The final report, the Eatontown Greenway Plan, is available on our website.

 

A potential on-road bicycle path, as imagined in the Eatontown Greenway Plan

A potential on-road bicycle path, as imagined in the Eatontown Greenway Plan