Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The Morris County Freeholders have approved a $9,800 contract with the engineering consulting firm T & M Associates of Middletown, N.J., for the development of a conceptual plan for additional recreation areas at Central Park of Morris County in Parsippany.

The freeholders said the study will present options for proceeding with the second phase of the development of the county park, which is located at the site of the former Greystone Park State Psychiatric Hospital.

Central Park of Morris County already includes a Challenger ball field for mobility-impaired individuals and two in-line roller rinks that were dedicated in July 2008, and a cross-country track course. The Morris County Park Commission, which manages the park, hopes to create additional athletic fields and other active and passive recreation opportunities at the site.

The freeholders purchased the 306-acre site from the state for $1 in 2003. The property had been declared excess by the state when it decided to close Greystone and build a smaller facility on half of the psychiatric hospital’s nearly 700-acre campus.

The conceptual plan for additional recreation areas is scheduled to be completed early next year.