DEP Schedules Public
Meeting on Future Development of Liberty State Park
The state Department of Environmental
Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry is hosting a
public meeting at Liberty State Park on Saturday, August
25, to present a proposed plan for the future use of 251
acres of undeveloped land in the park's interior.
While most of the area will be accessible
by trails and remain undeveloped, there are several alternatives
for the perimeter of the site. The DEP is seeking public
comment on the proposed management plan. The public meeting
will be at the Central Railroad Terminal from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Parking is free.
The Liberty State Park Interdisciplinary
Planning Committee developed the proposed management plan.
A prior proposal with several alternatives was the subject
of a public meeting on January 25, 2001. After careful consideration
of comments received at the January meeting, the committee
drafted this plan for the site of the former railroad yard.
It calls for the protection, restoration and enhancement
of environmentally critical areas, and development of non-commercial,
recreational open space around the perimeter.
The committee, organized by the Division
of Parks and Forestry, is comprised of representatives and
leaders from a number of organizations and the surrounding
community. Members of the 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 the Division of Parks and
The committee's final proposal will be
presented to DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn for adoption.
To reach the railroad terminal at Liberty
State Park, take exit 14B off the New Jersey Turnpike, and
follow the signs to the park and then to the railroad terminal.
Parking is free. For more information, call the Division
of Parks and Forestry at 609-984-0610.