One of MCF's most recent accomplishments, the preservation of Flemer Entities (formerly Princeton Nurseries) represents the largest tract of land preserved in Monmouth County -- over 1,200 acres in Upper Freehold Township
SPRINGWOOD AVENUE PARK
City of Asbury Park
MCF partnered with the County of Monmouth, the City of Asbury Park, and Interfaith Neighbors to develop Springwood Avenue Park. Opened in 2016, this marks the first City-owned and City-maintained park established on the West Side in Asbury Park’s long history.
The park includes an outdoor stage, water fountain, landscaped public spaces, and a playground. This park will support the redevelopment of the remaining vacant parcels within the Springwood Avenue Redevelopment Area. Redevelopment rights to these parcels are expected to be awarded to Interfaith Neighbors (a non-profit organization) and the Michaels Group (a for-profit developer of affordable housing). Both groups have expansive plans that when combined with the park, will lead to an impactful improvement to this West Side neighborhood.
Township of Upper Freehold
In partnership with the County of Monmouth, MCF facilitated the swift acquisition of the former Imlaystown School in rural Upper Freehold. The former school is now home to the Clayton Park Activity Center, brining recreational and community activities to the residents of the western part of the county.
The newly renovated 7,200 square foot building located adjacent to the 438 acre Clayton Park, will allow the park to host indoor activities to visitors. A variety of programs, geared towards all ages of Monmouth County residents, will be offered relating to the arts, nature, environment and outdoors. For more information on the new Clayton Park Activity Center, please visit monmouthcountyparks.com
Middletown Township 15 acres
The preservation of this scenic and ecologically significant waterfront property located at the confluence of the Navesink River and Swimming River will prevent future development and allow for permanent public access to the water.
Middletown Township 25 acres Completed 2011
This beautiful property with a historic house and significant conservation value was a wonderful example of a private and public partnership. MCF worked with IMPACT/Oasis, a non-profit group interesting in establishing a group home for young adults with autism, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Green Acres and Middletown to preserve this environmentally sensitive site. IMPACT/Oasis purchased the house and the surrounding acreage and the Township retained ownership of the remainder for a park.
Wall Township 36 acres
The Agricultural Easement on this farm assisted in sustaining the overall environmental integrity of the area for generations to come.
Also known as Ellis Easement and formerly known as the Aulde House, Fairway Farm today is a breathtaking horse farm located in the Navesink area of Middletown. A conservation easement protecting this property was donated to MCF by the late Anne Haskell Ellis in her last will and testament. The preservation of the Farm, featuring scenic views of the Navesink River, ensures that the property will continue to serve as an important reminder of the rural and farming heritage of Monmouth County.
Manasquan Borough 65 acres Completed 1995
MCF assisted the Monmouth County Park System with the acquisition of this property, the last undeveloped tract on the Manasquan Inlet. Fisherman’s Cove is a great place to fish, walk on the beach, or go sunbathing.
Middletown Township 40 acres Completed 2005
MCF led the efforts to preserve this beautiful waterfront property located on the environmentally sensitive Claypit Creek. The property was preserved through a partnership with the Monmouth County Park System, Green Acres and Middletown. This property has become a beautiful addition to Hartshorne Woods Park and is known as the Claypit Creek extension.
Upper Freehold Township 41 acres Completed 1980
This historic mill site was donated to the Monmouth County Park System via MCF by Edward and Joanne Mullen. The structures at Walnford, rich with history, date back to the 1800’s and reveal much about the changing culture and economy of the region during the last three centuries. Walnford is the centerpiece of the 1,500 acre Crosswicks Creek Greenway which forms a narrow corridor of land around Crosswicks Creek.
HOLLY CREST FARM
Middletown Township 37 acres Completed 2008
MCF purchased an agricultural easement on Holly Crest Farm with the assistance of the State Agriculture Development Committee and the Monmouth County Agricultural Development Board. This scenic horse farm, which is now in the Farmland Preservation Program, is located in the Locust section of Middletown and was the first preserved farm in the Town. The farm is contiguous to Huber Woods Park and is identified as an environmentally sensitive area.
HUBER WOODS PARK
HUBER WOODS PARK Middletown Township 366 acres Completed 1985
Overlooking the Navesink River and located in MCF’s Navesink Highland’s Greenway, Huber Woods Park (owned by Monmouth County Park System) was established in 1974 with a 118-acre gift of land from the Huber family and the J.M. Huber Corporation. In 1985 MCF assisted with the acquisition of additional land. Continued acquisitions and additional land donations have grown the Huber Woods Park to 366 acres of permanently preserved open space. The park features over 8 miles of multi-use trails and an Environmental Center, in addition to acres of woods and forests.
Middletown Township 84 acres Completed 1992
MCF placed a conservation easement on this property located on McClees Creek in the Navesink Highlands Greenway in order to protect valuable wetlands and floodplain areas, to prevent a 14 lot subdivision and to preserve the character of the surrounding area. MCF created a unique scheme allowing the property to be developed with a substantially lower number of estate lots, limiting development to a total of four houses.
Wall Township 25 acres Completed 1994
MCF assisted Wall Township with the acquisition of this property located on Hurley Pond for use as a Township park.
Through the years 1983 to 1999 Richard Scudder and his wife Elizabeth donated conservation easements to MCF on 91 acres in the Navesink section of Middletown. The predominately wooded property is contiguous to Huber Woods Park with clearings and trails for hiking and horseback riding. In 2007, Mr. Scudder donated 64 acres of his eased land to the New Jersey Audubon Society for use as a nature preserve.