Mantua Twp. to get 24 Acres for Future Recreation Site from County
(Mantua, NJ) – Twenty-four acres of unused land adjacent to the County’s Pitman Golf Course is in the process of being transferred to Mantua Township said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger.
The property sits behind JG Cooks on Lambs Road and is owned by the County as an unused part of the Pitman Golf Course.
“Mantua approached us for the land several months ago so that they may maintain it and potentially use it for youth recreation in the future,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. “We have had both our Golf Course and our Office of Land Preservation look into the property and although the county owns it, they have determined that the property could be better utilized by Mantua,” stated Sweeney.
Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger said, “The transfer will not cost the county anything and will help Mantua eventually ease the pressure at Chestnut Branch Park and other township youth organizations that have to go outside of Mantua to find recreational facilities.” Damminger said, “It’s a win win for everyone, especially the kids.”
Mantua Mayor Timothy Chell said, “The growth in our youth recreation programs has really exploded and we are going to need more space for fields. The improvements the Township made to Chestnut Branch Park have been so successful that it is constantly booked and the fields have little downtime. By gaining this property, we can devise a plan to use it for youth fields and we are grateful to the county for considering our request,” Chell said.
The transaction of land is anticipated to be completed by mid 2007.