Cherry Hill playground, parks to get upgrades thanks to grants

Gregory Dalessio Playground, DeCou Park and Jeremy Kane Park each receive $25,000

One playground and two parks in Cherry Hill will be getting a facelift thanks to recent Camden County grants. Gregory Dalessio Playground, DeCou Park and Jeremy Kane Park will each receive $25,000 2017 Recreation Facility Enhancement Project Grants.

The county grants, totaling $824,860 this year, are funded through the Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund, are presented to existing publicly owned recreation facilities planning to expand their utilization for recreational purposes.

“These grants are an opportunity to build and enhance our parks and playgrounds throughout the county. We know these passive and active recreational offerings make Camden County a special place to live and improve our overall quality of life,” said Freeholder Jeffery L. Nash, liaison to the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee. “This year’s applications represented a wide range of projects throughout the county. We appreciate the hard work and planning that went into each request.”

Each year, municipal organizations are invited to submit an application detailing the enhancements planned for their existing recreation facilities for consideration by the advisory committee. The requests for funding are limited to $25,000 per project, per year. The projects must be completed within a one-year period. The Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund was created by the Freeholder Board in 1999 in response to overwhelming voter support of an open space referendum placed on the ballot in November 1998.