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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 6/14/01
01/71
CONTACT: Sharon A. Southard or Amy Collings
(609) 984-1795 or 609-292-2994

Fireworks to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Liberty State Park

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) marked the 25th anniversary of Liberty State Park on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, with brief ceremonies at the park's Flag Plaza - exactly 25 years after the park's opening in 1976.

On Saturday, June 16, Liberty State Park will host fireworks at 9:15 p.m. in commemoration of its 25th anniversary.

The Jersey City landmark began with the vision of one man. Morris Pesin, a local businessman, attempted to take his family to visit the Statue of Liberty. The trip took several hours, even though the Statue was less than 2,000 feet from the New Jersey waterfront. This inspired Pesin to launch a canoe trip from New Jersey to the Statue. The trip took only eight minutes, and so began the dream of Liberty State Park.

"It has been the dedication and persistence of thousands of individuals over the past 25 years that has made this park the extraordinary and unique public resource that it is today," said DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn. "With the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a spectacular backdrop, it is one of New Jersey's most dramatic parks."

Liberty State Park, once an abandoned industrial area, is now a green oasis in the middle of one of the most densely populated urban areas of the world. DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry has spent the past 25 years since acquiring the park, planning for and building a park infrastructure for public recreation. Today, the park hosts more than four million visitors annually.

The future of the park will include the restoration and greening of the remaining areas of the park. Ultimately, Liberty State Park will provide access to over 1,000 acres of open space.

For more information, contact Liberty State Park at 201-915-3404 or the Division of Parks and Forestry at 609-984-0504.

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