By WILLIAM CLARK
Neptune and Ocean Township have both been chosen to receive grants from the New Jersey Division of Community Affairs Division of Local Government Service.
Each will receive $74,000 towards recreation improvement.
The state awarded a total of $25 million dollars to various towns, municipalities and school districts.
Neptune Mayor Keith Cafferty said the grant will help with improvements at the Bert Willis Field on Old Corlies Avenue.
Ocean Township Manager Dave Brown said their windfall will go towards the project at 1001 Wickapecko Dr. The project will consist of four golf simulators and a meeting space.
“This new addition to the town compliments the already popular municipally owned William F. Larkin golf course,” Brown said. “The simulators and meeting space will be open year-round, offering league play, private/semi-private group lessons, memberships, discounted senior rates, and much more.”
The Ocean Council passed a resolution supporting the redevelopment of the space back in January 2023.
“With $25 million in awards to communities across the state, we are investing in the amenities that matter most to residents – from biking and hiking trails to playgrounds and outdoor facilities – without putting the burden on taxpayers,” Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement. “This is a win for our communities and a testament to the power of partnership in achieving our shared goals.”