The township will receive $200,000 from the county to create athletic fields at a site officials plan to turn into a recreation area.
The town wants to develop and install soccer, softball, lacrosse, and possibly football fields on 12 acres of land off of Alps Road near Hamburg Turnpike and DePaul Catholic High School. The township purchased the land for $4.5 million in 2006.
The Passaic County Open Space Advisory Committee recommended that the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders allocate the funds. The board unanimously voted to allocate the funds at a meeting Dec. 11. The town applied for $1.5 million for the project.
The township will go out to bid for the project in the middle of next year when funding is in place and a design plan is finalized. Officials will not know the exact cost of the project until bids come back.
The $200,000 is in addition to $550,000 in open space funds the freeholders allocated to Clifton, Passaic, and Woodland Park for other open space projects.
“This Board remains committed to funding projects that make Passaic County a healthier place to live," Freeholder T.J. Best, liaison to the Passaic County Open Space Committee, said in a statement. "By funding these vital projects, we are preserving recreational facilities for generations to come and making our county a more attractive place for our residents, businesses, and the public."