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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 1/22/01
01/3
CONTACT: Sharon A. Southard or Amy Collings
609-984-1795 or 609-292-2994

Public Meeting to be Held on Future Development of Liberty State Park

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry is hosting a public meeting at Liberty Science Center on January 27 to present proposals for the future use of undeveloped land at Liberty State Park. The public meeting will be held at the Liberty Science Center's Joseph D. Williams' Theater from 1:30 -4:00 p.m. Parking is free.

The Division of Parks and Forestry will present proposed plans concerning the future use of the park's remaining 251 acres of undeveloped land which is located in the park's interior at the site of the former railroad yard. While most of the area will be accessible by trails and remain undeveloped, there are several alternatives for the perimeter of the site.

These alternatives were proposed and reviewed by the Liberty State Park Interdisciplinary Planning Committee, which has been guided by Governor Whitman's commitment that the center portion of the park will be left as a natural area. The Interdisciplinary Planning Committee was organized by the division and is made up of representatives and leaders from a number of organizations and the surrounding community (a listing of representatives is provided at the end of the advisory).

The alternatives include:

  • Alternative 1: Making Connections - This alternative assumes that the highest priority is natural resource protection and that land use at the boundary of the site should be restricted to a passive trail system. Recreational opportunities in this alternative would include hiking, biking and nature observation along the trails.

  • Alternative 2 - Exploring Themes - This alternative proposes that the perimeter be more than passive trails. The area could be developed to promote certain park themes (i.e.: harbor ecology, cultural history or transportation). Fields along the perimeter could be maintained for unstructured recreational activities, however facilities for structured sports would not be provided.

  • Alternative 3: A High Activity Feature - In conjunction with creating a trail system and developing a more active perimeter as in alternative's 1 and 2, this alternative would include a high activity feature. Examples of such a feature could include an aquatic center/water park, ice skating rink, horse riding facilities, or skateboard facility etc.

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry encourages public involvement in its planning process in order to learn about the concerns, issues, expectations, and values of existing and potential visitors, park neighbors, partners, concessionaires, cooperating associations, scientists and scholars, and other government agencies.

For more information about the public meeting, please call the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry's Trenton Office at 609-984-0610.

DIRECTIONS: Liberty Science Center is accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike, exit 14B-Jersey City. From the exit, follow the signs to Liberty Science Center.

Members of the Liberty State Park Interdisciplinary Planning Committee include representatives from the Friends of Liberty State Park; the city of Jersey City; the county of Hudson; the Liberty State Park Development Corporation; the Liberty State Park Conservancy; the Natural Resource Conservation Service; New Jersey Audubon; the Hudson/Passaic Soil Conservation District; and staff from the Division of Parks and Forestry.

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