Two Legislative District 18 Municipalities Receive State Grants for Recreation Improvement Projects

Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) awarded $75,000 each to the townships of East Brunswick and Edison from the department’s Local Recreation Improvement Program.

East Brunswick received its grant for improvements to playground equipment and a perimeter walking path at Sadowski Park.

The award to Edison will provide funds to rehabilitate and enhance the recreational amenities at the Minnie B. Veal Recreation Center and Elder Park.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak, and Assemblyman Sterley Stanley, who represent the 18th Legislative District, which includes East Brunswick and Edison, are grateful to Governor Murphy and the DCA for providing this financial support.

“Funding park maintenance directly benefits the surrounding community, improving the quality of life by increasing home values, contributing towards clean air and water, and providing a space for families to gather and play,” Diegnan, Karabinchak and Stanley said in a joint statement.

“Thank you to Governor Murphy and New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs for awarding these grants and recognizing the importance of park maintenance and improvements in our district.”

The Local Recreation Improvement Program supports upgrades and repairs to public recreation facilities including local parks, municipal recreation centers, and local stadiums.

Access to outdoor recreation and community resources is critical for mental and physical health, particularly for state residents with limited or no other access to quality outdoor space or private recreational opportunities.

“A big part of what makes a community healthy and vibrant is giving residents the opportunity to take a walk, play a game, and participate in sports and other activities with friends and neighbors in a safe and accessible place,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner.

“DCA is proud to assist local governments in repairing and upgrading their parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities into spaces that promote people’s physical and mental well-being.”

Division of Local Government Services Director Jacquelyn Suárez said the coronavirus pandemic emphasized the need for state residents to have quality outdoor recreational space.

“This need,” Suárez said, “has been especially heightened over the last couple of years as people searched for outdoor spaces to help alleviate the significant stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic.”

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