PROJECT GOALS: To create tidal and non-tidal wetlands, to enhance upland forest, grassland, and wetland habitats, to improve park connectivity and public use, and to address site contamination to ensure health, safety, and welfare.
PURPOSE: Habitat enhancement and wetland creation at Liberty State Park. The restoration of the 210-acre interior section, currently fenced off and inaccessible, will provide substantial benefit to the park by linking previously developed and restored, but isolated, components of the park into one cohesive whole.
PROJECT SUMMARY: Liberty State Park is an extraordinary and unique public resource. With the Jersey City and Manhattan skylines, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island as a spectacular backdrop, it is also one of New Jersey's most dramatic and highly visited parks.
The Liberty State Park Natural Resource Restoration Project will feature the creation/enhancement of 27 acres of freshwater wetland, the addition of 50 acres of saltmarsh, and dramatic enhancement of 133 acres of upland maritime habitat transforming this area into an ecological gem within Jersey City. The project includes an extensive complementary and fully integrated system of trails, paths, wildlife observation structures, and accompanying interpretive signage to provide for responsible and suitable public access to various habitat areas.
SCHEDULE: Project is expected to be fully designed by Fall 2023, and construction is scheduled to begin by January 2024.
Past Public Stakeholder Meetings
The NJDEP is in the planning stages of designing a new area of Liberty State Park. We are seeking community feedback on the types of recreation you would like to see in the design.
NJDEP has continued to make progress toward the remediation of the park's interior. To help inform decisions regarding active recreation, we also distributed a survey which received over 3600 responses. We shared the survey results, the remediation progress, and other updates at a virtual public meeting on June 3, 2021 at 6 p.m.