(PARK RIDGE): The Borough of Park Ridge is proud to announce that it has been awarded approximately $24,000.00 in grant funding through the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Recreational Trails Program. Officially notified on February 8, 2015 this project is a joint effort between the Boroughs of Woodcliff Lake and Park Ridge as well as Suez Water in order to provide inter-municipal recreational opportunities for residents of both towns.
The overall scope of this project includes the construction of new pedestrian trails that will connect to existing trails in Park Ridge, which currently terminate at Sulak field. These trails will span southward into Woodcliff Lake along the Woodcliff Lake reservoir eventually terminating at the Woodcliff Lake and Hillsdale border. Once complete, pedestrians will be able to travel along a contiguous path that will span over two miles from the border of Park Ridge and Montvale to the border of Woodcliff Lake and Hillsdale.
Discussions about this project were first initiated in November 2014 between the three project partners. Since this meeting Park Ridge, Woodcliff Lake and United Water have worked diligently in order to solidify their partnership and help this project begin to take shape. “This project has come a long way since we first met to discuss the concept in 2014” said Mayor Terry Maguire. “We have not only been able to solidify our partnerships with Woodcliff Lake and Suez Water, but have also been able to obtain valuable grant funding for this project.” In addition to the grant received by Park Ridge, the Borough of Woodcliff Lake also received approximately $24,000 in funding through the same program to go towards this project. The grants received by both municipalities account for two of only five grant awards made within Bergen County through this program.
Moving forward, the project partners have begun to engage additional municipalities in the conversations about participating in this project. In late January 2016, a meeting was held between the Mayor’s and administrations from both the Borough of Montvale and the Borough of Hillsdale to discuss the project and gauge their interest in participating in this program. “Our municipalities identify as being a part of the greater Pascack Valley” said Maguire, “As a result we feel it is important to find unique ways to partner on these types of projects that will help benefit all residents within our respective communities.” If the four municipalities were to work jointly on this initiative, pedestrians would be provided with seamless walkable access through all of the municipalities. In addition, this project would also provide access to all four historic NJ Transit Train Stations located within the respective municipalities. “We are excited that we will be able to bring this valuable public recreational amenity to the residents within our communities and look forward to moving ahead with this project.”