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Monmouth County Open Space Plan

Monmouth County Open Space Plan

INTRODUCTIONIn 1961,

INTRODUCTIONIn 1961, when the Monmouth County Board of ChosenFreeholders established the Monmouth County ParkSystem to manage the first Monmouth County park, thethen 24-acre Shark River Park, the population of the countyhad recently passed the 330,000 mark. Exhibiting greatforesight, the Freeholders knew that the growth indevelopment would fuel an increased demand for publicrecreation, while consuming many of the landscapes thatmade Monmouth County a desirable place.Today in 2006 the county population exceeds 645,000,and the Monmouth County Planning Office projects thatit will grow to 697,000 by 2025. A rough estimate of theremaining land supply of potentially developable land(based on available Geographic Information System dataand Monmouth County Planning Board records ofpending development) is somewhere between 60,000 and70,000 acres. Pressure to develop, and redevelop, land inMonmouth County remains strong and the challengesto maintaining quality of life for present and futuregenerations that the Freeholders faced in 1961 - agrowing population, competition for diminishing landresources, escalating property values, and increasingpublic demand for control of growth and provision ofrecreation services - are even greater in 2006.Forty-five years after establishing the first county park,the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholdersremains committed to the preservation of open spaceand the provision of public parks. The MonmouthCounty Park System, under the guidance of theMonmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners,continues to serve as the County's open space, parkand recreation agency. Together they must act topreserve remaining open space before the opportunityis forever lost.PRESERVATION ISIMPORTANT BECAUSE...• WHAT IS NOT PRESERVED,WILL BE DEVELOPED• PEOPLE NEED PLACESTO RECREATE• NATIVE PLANTS ANDANIMALS NEED HABITATTO SURVIVE ANDPROPAGATE• COMMUNITY CHARACTERAND OPEN SPACERESOURCES ARE VALUEDBY RESIDENTSShark River Park1

GREEN W A YEFORTMONMOUTHNMONMOUTH COUNTY PARK SYSTEM 2006LEGENDRegional ParksRecreation AreasSpecial Use AreasConservation AreasGolf CoursesGreenwaysOpen LandsUnclassified Areas539524ALLENTOWN526ASSUNPINKWILDLIFEMANAGEMENTAREAU P P E R195ROOSEVELT5711571PERRINEVILLELAKEPARKCHARLESTONSPRINGSM I L L S T O N EG.C.5711ENGLISHTOWN527M A N A L A P A N527524152733527527PINEBROOKG.C.522MONMOUTHBATTLEFIELDSTATE PARKTURKEYSWAMPSTATELANDSTURKEYSWAMPPARKABERDEENMATAWANPARKFREEHOLDBORO33DeBOIS CREEKRECREATIONAREAFREEHOLD TWP.5379520524 52497934M A R L B O R O18HUDSON TRAILHE NRY79DURANDTRACT537BAYSHOLMEAST TRACTFREEHOLDMANASQUAN RIVERABR D E E NBIG BROOKPARKKEYPORT520YELLOW BROOKTRACTUNIONBEACH516HAZLETH O L M D E LLONGSTREETFARMHOMINYHILLG.C.GREENWAYMANASQUANRESERVOIRHOLMDELPARKHOLMDELPARK18C O L T SN E C K524524HENRYHOWELLPARKG.C.3635RARITAN BAYU.S. NAVAL WEAPONSSTATION EARLEFARMINGDALEKEANSBURGW A L LMONMOUTH COVEMARINABAYSHOREWATERFRONTPARKDEEPCUTGARDENSTATUMPARKM I D D L E T O W NGARDENSUNNYSIDERECREATIONAREATHOMPSONPARKDORBROOK34547524547516520RECREATIONAREA195HUDSON516STATE537537547EATONTOWN547516RED BANKTINTONFALLS520PARKWAYSHARKRIVERPARKU.S. NAVALWEAPONSSTATIONEARLESHREWSBURYTWP.SANDY HOOKBAYATLANTICHIGHLANDSSHREWSBURYBORO OCEANPORT54766NEPTUNE13833TRAIL35SHARKRIVERG.C.HUBERWOODSPARKNavesinkRiver520FAIRHAVEN36MOUNT MITCHILLSCENIC OVERLOOKLITTLESILVERWELTZPARK35O C E A N18RUMSONHIGHLANDSHARTSHORNEWOODSPARK52036WOLFHILL REC.AREA71NEPTUNECITYWESTLONGBRANCHShrewsbury71River520DEALSEA BRIGHTMONMOUTHBEACHLONGBRANCHALLENHURSTASBURY PARKBRADLEY BEACHAVON-BY-THE-SEABELMARLAKE COMO36LOCH ARBOURA T L A N T I C O C E A NSEVENPRESIDENTSOCEANFRONTPARKHISTORICWALNFORDUNION TRANS PORTATION TRAIL526CLAYTON PARKF R E E H O L D537195METEDEC O NK9H O W E L L547549524ALLAIRESTATEPARK524BEL-AIREG.C.3452435SPRINGLAKEHEIGHTS71SPRING LAKERIVERCRO SSWICKS539SEA GIRTC REE KGREEN W A YBRIELLEMANASQUANFISHERMAN'S COVECONSERVATION AREACOUNTY PARKSFUNCTION AS A SYSTEM• REGIONAL PARKS ANDRECREATION AREASARE LOCATED TO MEETSERVICE NEEDS• DIFFERENT TYPES OFPARKS SATISFY THEVARIED INTERESTS OFCOUNTY RESIDENTS• REGIONALLY SIGNIFICANTRESOURCES AREPERMANENTLYPRESERVEDThe SystemThe word "system" is defined as "a group of interacting, interrelated, orinterdependent elements forming a complex whole." The nameMonmouth County Park System reflects the fact that County-owneddesignated open space lands are acquired, improved, and managed tofunction as a system of interrelated elements rather than as a collection ofindependent holdings. To implement this intent, the Park System has createda Lands Classification System with eight classification categories thatprovide a logical framework for the broad range of open space areas andpark facilities that fall under the generic label "county park." Thesecategories and an inventory of dedicated open space lands held in fee simpleownership by the County as of January 11, 2006 within each category aredescribed below. A full copy of the Classification System including siteselection criteria appears as Appendix B.2

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