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Morris Township Buys $1.2M Worth of Open Space

Purchase of Baker Family Farm will be used for public recreation, such as a playground, walking, hiking, sledding, picnicking and other recreation activities.

Open Space File Photo
Open Space File Photo

Morris Township residents will soon have a little more room to stretch their legs. 5.5 acres more to be exact.

The Township Committee said Wednesday night that they came to tentative terms for the Baker Family Farm to be used for open space.

The price tag for one of the last remaining farms in Morris Township was $1.2 million dollars.

According to Morris Township Business Administrator Timothy Quinn, the funds for the Lake Valley Road property are coming from the dedicated open space fund. The property will be used for public recreation, such as a playground, walking, hiking, sledding, picnicking and other recreation activities.

“Providing open space and recreation opportunities for our residents is of utmost importance to the Township,” Quinn said.

According to Quinn, the efforts of Open Space Committee, chaired by Mr. Rick Watson, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Foelsch, Thomas Baker, Kenneth Baker and Victoria Meechan of Weichert Realtors not only made the deal possible, but worked together to protect this long-time farm so that it can be used and enjoyed by Township residents.

“Our gratitude goes out to each and everyone of them,” Quinn said.

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