Atlantic County gets $10K in federal recreational trails grant

    Several projects in New Jersey will end 2011 on a high note after nearly $1.3 million in federal recreational trails grants was allocated to the state.

    The announcement came last week from Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin.

    Atlantic County has one of 49 projects set to receive the federal funding. The Atlantic County park system was awarded $10,000 for a boardwalk extension to the Smith-Ireland Cemetery in Estell Manor.

    “This funding is essential to development and maintenance of a statewide network of trails,” Amy Cradic, Department of Environmental Protection Assistant Commissioner of Natural and Historic Resources, said in a statement.

    The DEP says the 49 grant recipients in 2011 were recommended for funding by the New Jersey Trail Council and approved by the Federal Highway Administration.

    Eagle Rock, Essex County and Mercer County also have projects set to receive federal funding.

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