From Lincoln Park Nabe Association:
Subject: WBLPNC News: Hudson County Open Space recommends $140,000 for Boyd McGuiness
For all of us in the West Bergen/Lincoln Park Neighborhood, there are several nearby park acquisitions and developments that being funded by the 2009 Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund that you might want to speak on at their public meeting coming up next Wednesday. See below -
The Public Hearing of the Hudson County Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund 2009 Draft Recommendations Report will be held on Wednesday, June 24th beginning at 6:30pm at the Lincoln Park Administration Building in Lincoln Park. The Committee will be announcing their findings and recommendations for funding the various grant applications that were submitted back in March 2009. The general public may comment orally at the hearing or submit written comments. Written comments are to be received by email, fax or mail no later than 4pm on June 24th. Comments are directed to Stephen D. Marks, Planning Director, Hudson County Division of Planning, 583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, N 07306 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 201-795-7856.
To review the recommendations in their entirety, go to www.hudsoncountynj.org/planning
, scroll down and on the lower right, click on 2009 Hudson County Open Space Draft Recommendations Report "NEW".
The Boyd-McGuiness Park Development by Jersey City is being recommended for $140,000 to help with the development of the children's playground area, benches and other amenities. Although potential plans were submitted with the grant as to the layout of the park and the playground equipment, Jersey City has assured us that the neighborhood would be involved in the initial design and development of the park every step of the way. Last year the HCOS Trust helped the acquisition of the expansion parcel with a grant of $150,000.
The 801 Route 440 Acquisition, the site of the former Hudson Motor Lodge (SW corner of Communipaw and 440), by Hudson County is to become part of a larger park extending to the Hackensack River and connected to Lincoln Park West via the Hackensack Riverwalk. The recommendation is for $600,000. The County has already negotiated the acquisition of the next two parcels to the west from Jersey City. Ultimately Lincoln Park will be on both sides of Routes 1-9 from the Lincoln Bridge to Route 440 creating a major Green Gateway to Jersey City. These acquisitions will give the County the opportunity to develop recreational activities on the Hackensack River, such as a Kayaking and Canoeing center. If we would like to see that, we must keep promoting that as our neighborhood's vision for a diversity of recreational opportunities.
The Hackensack River Waterfront Park Acquisition (Marion Greenway or Pulaski Park) by Jersey City is recommended for $600,000. This park would be located across Routes 1-9 from Sip Avenue and extend to the Hackensack River. This is partially the PJP landfill site and includes several active trucking operation parcels that are to be acquired. Soccer fields and passive recreational elements including construction of the Hackensack Riverwalk along the river's edge are included in the total cost of $12,000,000.
These projects are in or near our neighborhood but there are other worthy projects throughout Jersey City that you may wish to comment on. They are the Group Picnic Pavilion in Liberty State Park by the Friends of Liberty State Park for $200,000. (And another 1/2 mile segment of the Hudson River Walkway just opened Monday from the boat ramp at the southern entry of the LSP south along Liberty Golf Course and Port Liberte.) The Van Vorst Sprayground in the Children's Playground area by the Jersey City Parks Coalition for $40,000. This project has just received $80,000 from the Green Acres Grant Program that requires a 1 to 1 match and serves a large segment of downtown children due to a lack of municipal playgrounds within the new neighborhoods along the waterfront. And for the Historic Restoration grants the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery Restoration by the Jersey City Parks Coalition for $25,000. And for Planning, Engineering, Historic or Environmental Studies, Jersey City is recommended for a City Hall Historic Preservation Plan and a Harmon Street Pool Re-Use Study for $25,000 each. And an engineering study for a Pedestrian Bridge at Liberty State Park by the Liberty Science Center is recommended for $25,000.