Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund
On November 8, 2016, residents of Jersey City voted in favor of establishing a City Open Space, Recreation & Historic Property Preservation Trust Fund. This was sanctioned under the enabling legislation of the NJ Open Space Act (NJSA 40:12-15.7), which allows a municipal tax levy for the purposes of acquisition, development and maintenance of lands for recreation, conservation and historic purposes.
Entrusted by the Jersey City City Council, the Jersey City Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Board has the duty to review, prioritize and recommend projects for open space, recreation and historic preservation funding that meet the goals and objectives determined by the Jersey City City Council and the Jersey City Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Board.
The Jersey City Open Space Trust Fund (JCOSTF) sponsors projects for open space, recreation and historic preservation. A new playground, dog run, or the restoration of a monument in your neighborhood park — these can be made possible by the Open Space Trust Fund.
Eligible Projects under the City’s Open Space Trust Fund:
•Acquisition of land for conservation and recreation purposes. Property must be clean and the City must be placed on the Deed.
•Development and redevelopment of land existing or acquired for recreational and/or conservation purposes.
•Improvements or new amenities in a public park
•The City of Jersey City; all Jersey City government agencies and affiliates
•Local entities, non-profit corporations, and qualified charitable conservancies located within the City of Jersey city that have received tax exemptions under section 501(c)3 of the 1954 Internal Revenue Code. Local entities are required to partner with the municipality if awarded
Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Board
The Trust Fund Advisory Board consists of eleven (11) members appointed by the Mayor and City Council, who participate in the approval process by reviewing, prioritizing and recommending projects for funding.
The application is open until 10/15/2019.
All projects that move onto the next round of consideration will be notified by Nov. 15, 2019.
Please note that minor repairs, such as a broken bench, can be better addressed through one of the following:
•The Jersey City Connect (See Click Fix) cell phone app
•Online at https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/community/rrc
•By phone at 201-547-4900.
If there are any questions about this form, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-547-6587.
Direct link below to the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund: Park Improvement Application