Salem County has received a state grant to double the size of the walking path and install exercise stations at the County Recreational Park in Oldmans Township, Freeholder Robert Vanderslice announced last week on March 18th.
The $12,000 grant, made available through State Department of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be used to expand the asphalt walk-way to one-half mile, install a bike rack and to put in two exercise stations for chin ups and leg lifts. The grant also includes a nutrition education component, which will include fresh fruit and vegetable tastings and implementing a nutrition facts board at the existing concession stand.
“Salem County is one of only six grants awarded in South Jersey,” said Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. “Our success with last year’s grant to install the current walking path made us competitive in this year’s review.”
The Salem County Department of Health and Human Services, which secured the grant, will coordinate the project. Groundbreaking scheduled for this Spring. The County’s match includes in-kind services from the County Facilities Department. The County also is working with the Township and other organizations to install fencing to delineate parking areas.
“We are grateful for the teamwork and cooperation that is making this county park more attractive and more popular with residents,” said Freeholder Director Julie Acton. “The existing baseball field is the anchor of the park, and now the walking path is providing fitness options.”
The Salem County Recreational Park is located at the corner of Perkintown Road and Route 130 in Oldmans Township.