Posted Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Morris County Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo presented a symbolic $220,000 check to Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor and the borough council during the council’s May 15 public meeting.

Morris Assists Florham Park in Open Space ProjectThe check symbolized a $220,000 grant from the Morris County Open Space Program that helped the borough acquire a .70-acre tract of land known as the Vespa Property.

The property will be added to Florham Park’s Stobaeus Park project, which is a trail connection from the park to the Brooklake and Briarwood elementary schools.

County open space grants have now assisted the borough with six acquisitions for this project, which is in an established residential neighborhood southwest of Brooklake Road and Burnside Avenue.

The county was the largest funding contributor on this acquisition, accounting for more than 50 percent of the total purchase price of $415,000.

The county has now assisted Florham Park in the preservation of just over 14 acres of open space through more than $2.8 million in grants from the county Open Space Trust Fund.