Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The Morris County Freeholders on Sept. 2 presented a symbolic $150,000 check to East Hanover Mayor Joseph Pannullo and the borough council that represented a grant from the Morris County Open Space Program that helped the township acquire the property known as Fox Run.

The property totals nearly 5 acres and is located southeast of River Road, with some frontage on the Passaic River. The land is primarily wooded and provides a buffer to an adjoining residential neighborhood.Morris County Assists East Hanover with Open Space Project

“By acquiring the property, East Hanover is protecting critical environmental resources and creating additional resource-based recreation opportunities along the river corridor,” said Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo.

The $150,000 Open Space grant from the county represents 50-percent of the purchase price, with the state’s Green Acres Program providing the remaining 50-percent.

“With this acquisition,” Mastrangelo said, “Morris County has assisted East Hanover in the preservation over the years of just over 16 acres of open space through more than $1.9 million in grants from the Open Space portion of the Preservation Trust Fund.

The funding partnership dates back 13 years when the township was awarded a grant for its Whippany River Blueway project. In 2004, the township received its largest grant to date of $1.1 million for the purchase of Camp Hope.

In the past decade, the Morris County trust fund program has assisted with the purchase of more than 24,000 acres of open space and farmland projects across the county.