This Directive outlines the Department of
Environmental Protection's vision and priorities
for Liberty State Park, as well as significant
policy changes for the current structure of
governance at the Park.
From the time of its opening on June 14, 1976,
Liberty State Park (the Park or LSP) has attracted
sustained, significant public support from
citizen groups interested in promoting and
protecting New Jersey's first, and to date,
only urban state park. The Park's 1,212 acres
include magnificent views of New York Harbor,
the Statue of Liberty, the historic Central
New Jersey Rail Terminal, the Liberty Science
Center and the Liberty Landing Marina. The
Park also provides a historic gateway to Ellis
Island and the Statue of Liberty. The Park
is also a popular urban open space that presents
significant opportunities for additional recreational
development and natural resource restoration.
The Park serves nearly 4.5 million visitors
annually, from neighbors in Jersey City, Hudson
County to travelers from across the region
and the Nation.
The Park is managed and protected by DEP's
Division of Parks and Forestry, working closely
with park constituencies ranging from Jersey
City residents to local parks and environmental
groups. Since 1986, the Liberty State Park
Development Corporation (LSPDC), established
by Governor Kean to promote public-private
partnerships, also has had a significant role
in park development. In recent years, numerous
LSPDC proposals have generated significant
controversy among citizens concerned about
the park. With the recent completion of the
General Management Plan, which determined
the future of the remaining 251 acres of undeveloped
space, there is little work remaining that
falls under the LSPDC's original mandate.
Accordingly, the McGreevey Administration
has revisited the role of the LSPDC, in light
of the vision for the future of Liberty State
This Directive is intended to address those
conflicts and to articulate specific LSP priorities
for the coming decade.
In consultation with other agencies and
interested constituencies, DEP shall implement
the following changes to LSP governance.