By SARAH KLEPNER
By JOHN T. WARD
With the gates about to open for a piece of the $2 million doled out annually in the form of Monmouth County Open Space Grants, Fair Haven officials were preparing two horses Monday night.
Their presumptive entry: a bid to acquire and demolish a home on Third Street to create a parking lot at the northern end of Fair Haven Fields, where two baseball fields are considered hard-to-reach from the main parking lot.
But should a deal not come together in time, town officials plan to seek funding for improvements to the adjoining nature area, where volunteers have fought to curb rampant invasive species in recent years.