Open Space, Recreation, Floodplain Protection, Farmland & Historic Preservation Trust Fund

The Trust Fund, established in 1998, is a dedicated program supporting open space land acquisition, recreation development, as well as historical preservation and farmland protection throughout Bergen County.  In 2013 the Trust Fund added the Floodplain Protection program.
The Trust Fund is divided into two separate programs, each having its own distinct goals and objectives.  The County Program uses Trust Fund dollars on a countywide basis for projects involving any of the five areas: land acquisition, county recreation facilities, historic preservation, floodplain protection and farmland preservation.  Eligible applicants include county departments, municipalities and qualified non-profit organizations.  Seventy-percent of the Trust Fund goes towards this program. 

The remaining 30% of the Trust Fund goes towards the Municipal Park Improvement Program. Each of Bergen County’s seventy municipalities is eligible to apply to this program for help to improve their municipal open space and recreation facilities.  This program is designed to supplement local efforts and therefore requires a dollar-for-dollar match from the municipality.  

The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders annually reviews the tax rate and may set the tax anywhere from $0.00 to $0.01. 

The levy for 2020 is one cent per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) of total County equalized real value, as approved by Freeholder Resolution # 12-20, adopted January 7th, 2020.

The Trust Fund is administered by a Program Statement

For program applications, see Program Tabs on the left

2020 Trust Fund Applications


  • 2020 Letter of Intent– Due: Monday, May 18th, 2020 (Previously: April 3rd)
  • 2020 Trust Fund Applications – Due: Monday, June 29th, 2020 (Previously: May 15th)

Adam L. Strobel, Executive Director
Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund
Department of Parks
Division of Land Management
One Bergen County Plaza, 4th Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076
Phone: (201)336-6458

Contact Us

Adam Strobel

Director of The Division of Land Management

 Bergen County Department of Parks

One Bergen County Plaza • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-7275