Edgemere Park improvements gets $20k from county

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SEA GIRT — The Borough of Sea Girt has received a $20,000 Open Space Grant from Monmouth County for improvements to Edgemere Park along the shores of Wreck Pond.

The grant is the result of a collaborative effort between the Sea Girt Council and the recently founded Sea Girt Conservancy with the goal of expanding the park’s uses and preserving its wildlife for future generations. 

Plans for the project were presented to the council last year before the council approved the grant request.  Plans include the installation of a fence along the railroad tracks, preservation of trees and clearing of invasive species.

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“Both [the council and Conservancy] are very grateful to the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders and the Municipal Open Space Grant Program and it’s commissioners for their approval and support of the grant request,” Councilwoman Diane Anthony told The Coast Star.

“The Sea Girt Conservancy as well as the Sea Girt Council understand the responsibility that we have in the improvements that are required in order that our town’s parks and green spaces are cared for in a manner that is respectful of the environment and wildlife, and with the opportunity to provide areas of light recreational enjoyment and educational benefits.”

The fence that is to be installed will be approximately 600 feet long to create a clear border between land owned by New Jersey Transit and that of the park. Ms. Anthony said that the fence will be wooden and designed to match the environment.

“The Conservancy and borough also appreciate the proximity of Edgemere Park to NJ Transit rail line, and thus the plan to install a natural-looking wooden post rail fence with meshing, to promote safety and yet afford our wildlife co-inhabitants to migrate,” she said.

Signs with park guidelines have also been installed.

Ms. Anthony thanked Conservancy board member Leanne Hoffman for her research and work in obtaining the grant as well as borough administrator Lorraine Carafa.

“There are other areas in town, such as Crescent Park, with the current implementation of the Forestal Stewardship plan, and The Terrace, along Wreck Pond, which is presently under review with discussion of future plans of improvement with removal of non-native invasive plant and tree growth and replacing with natural for long-term environmental benefits.

“We look forward to future collaborative efforts, with consideration from the Municipal Open Space Grant Program, on behalf of our parks and green spaces.”

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