WEST PATERSON BOROUGH – A measure sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill that would appropriate $250,000 in low-interest loans to help restore and further develop Morris Canal Park has been unanimously approved by the Senate.
“The funding that is being allocated for West Paterson will help restore existing and create new projects to beautify the area surrounding Morris Canal Park,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic.
Under Senator Gill’s measure, S-1817, the $250,000 award would be used to refurbish the canal passageway and towpath, and develop a walking trail and linear park between the municipal building and the American Legion building.
At the entrances of the towpath, Canal Park arches will be constructed, as well as the development of a pocket park at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Rose Place, which will include sitting areas, a garden area, play structures and a gazebo.
The loan would be funded through monies given to the Department of Environmental Protection from the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund.”
This measure was unanimously approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on October 18. It now heads to the Assembly for committee consideration.