Bloomfield Recreation Dept and Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Receives National Grant

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Bloomfield Recreation Department along with the Township of Bloomfield is excited to announce that we have received a $20,000 grant for the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Project. The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) collaborated with The Walt Disney Company to expand the "Meet Me at the Park" program by awarding grants to 25 communities in the United States. Bloomfield was the sole recipient in NJ! The funding is intended to improve access to inclusive play and physical activity for kids and families.

In particular Bloomfield will look to utilize the funding to continue its work on the 5 mile historic trail that follows the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield's urban landscape and neighborhoods using way-finder signage at points of interest.

The proposed Interactive Trail Experience project will add fitness and recreation components at on-trail kiosks corresponding with a web-based app that coordinates with sites along this historic trail. Signage and kiosk/app features will direct trail users to different path options, track fitness and progress over time, and provide links for additional fitness suggestions. Along the trail, there are designated points of interest for the kiosks and signage which will be placed at approximate equal intervals between the Morris Canal landmarks, township assets and local parks. The website and mobile app will allow trail users to access historical information about the canal as well as provide health resources, such as mileage and other fitness indicators.

The awards have officially been announced in the press release: http://www.nrpa.org/…/meet-me-at-the-park-play-space-grants/

Thank you to all of the people who worked so hard on this project! Keep an eye out for signs popping up in a neighborhood near you this fall!


 

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