By Jeff Bahr
In keeping with their efforts to promote the revitalization of the Passaic River and its surrounding communities through awards distributed by their “Community Improvement Fund,” a group of 70 area companies known as the Lower Passaic Cooperating Parties Group (C.P.G.) awarded a $50,000 grant to the Hudson County Division of Planning for the reexamination and updating of the 2005 Hudson County Open Space Plan.
On April 20, dignitaries including Hudson County Executive, Thomas A. DeGise; District 9 Freeholder, Albert Cifelli; District 3 Freeholder, Jeffrey Dublin; and Harrison Mayor, Raymond J. McDonough, were on hand for the “Big Check” presentation that took place at the Passaic Waterfront Walkway – an eye-pleasing stretch that runs adjacent to the Hampton Suites and Inn On Passaic Ave, Harrison.
According to a press release prepared by the Hudson County Division of Planning, the funding is imperative to keep the program moving ahead.
“In order to continue fulfilling the County’s goals of increased preservation and accessibility to open space, recreation, and to the waterfront, the 2005 plan needs to be updated,” it reads.
“This is one of many projects that we hope to do in the coming years,” said Mayor McDonough of the study.