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Jersey City Awarded $3.5 Million for Morris Canal Greenway Upgrades
November 14, 2018

JERSEY CITY Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) have been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the New Jersey States Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to develop segments of the historic Morris Canal into a Greenway in Jersey City. The project will construct segments of a linear alignment along the footprint of the former Morris Canal, combining on-road and off-road elements to link together portions of a contiguous route that spans eight miles from Lincoln Park at the Hackensack River to Morris Canal Park at the Hudson River.


The Morris Canal, a 102 mile canal that stretches across six counties in New Jersey, was originally a 19th century iron and coal freight corridor that connected the Delaware and Hudson rivers. The Morris Canal Greenway Working Group, founded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), has aimed to develop the route of the historic canal into a 111-mile continuous pedestrian and bicycle trail.


Transforming this historic pathway into the Morris Canal Greenway is a major step forward for Jersey City and the State, providing open space and off-street, multimodal paths for safe transportation that will improve connectivity between neighborhoods, said Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. The City is committed to the Vision Zero initiative, aiming to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2026, making our roads safe for travelers on bike, foot, car and more. The Morris Canal Greenway will significantly contribute to this initiative as we continue to improve sustainability and quality of life for our community.
 

In 2013, the City completed an NJTPA-funded study, which resulted in the Jersey City Morris Canal Greenway Plan. Based on study findings, the City has moved forward with plan recommendations like Berry Lane Park, an area that transformed 17-acres of former rail yards, junk yards, auto repair shops, industrial facilities and warehouses into recreational space in 2014. The plan also outlines the bicycle and pedestrian pathway that would run throughout the Greenway.
 

The City continues to make significant advancements towards its goal of creating a safer bike and pedestrian-friendly environment, with the Vision Zero initiative, a Bike Master Plan, and major infrastructure investments, said Barkha Patel, Senior Planner, Division of City Planning. The Morris Canal Greenway will be a unique addition to the Citys transportation network that preserves a historic asset, creates open space and allows residents and visitors to get around in a safe, comfortable, and active way.
 

The project will improve connectivity between residential neighborhoods and downtown/waterfront areas, expanding access to employment, educational, commercial and community centers. Activity centers to be connected by the project include Our Lady of Mercy Church/School, McGovern Park, Mercer Park (Hudson County), Soaring Heights Charter School, Berry Lane Park, Lafayette Park, Garfield Avenue Light Rail Station, among other highly frequented destinations.

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Re: Hiking the Morris Canal
« Reply #11 on: 11-14-2018, 02:01pm »
From a Fulopian email :fulop: :

Five years ago, the Jersey City Morris Canal Greenway plan was created after a NJTPA-funded study. The findings outlined a master plan for the City to create a bicycle and pedestrian greenway on the historic Morris Canal. This week, we move forward on that plan as the City was awarded a $3.5 million federal grant to begin construction on the Morris Canal Greenway.

The historic Morris Canal will provide a route that spans across eight miles from Lincoln Park at the Hackensack River to Morris Canal Park at the Hudson River. This project will boost the connectivity between neighborhoods in the City, providing expanded access to employment, educational, commercial and community centers.

As we look to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2026 through the Vision Zero Initiative, the Morris Canal Greenway will play an additional role in the Citys transportation network. The greenway will serve as a unique use of open space, with a multimodal path that accommodates all road users.

We've implemented several successful initiatives, projects and plans to develop a holistic solution to enhancing roadway safety, including the Vision Zero initiative, a Bike Master plan and major infrastructure investments. I am proud to share this milestone with you, as the Morris Canal Greenway will significantly contribute towards advancing our city in these efforts.

Steven Fulop


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The second public meeting/open house on the proposed Morris Canal Greenway Project will take place tonight, 5/15, from 5pm-7:30pm in City Hall Council Chambers.

All are welcome to attend. Read more here.
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Second Public Mtg/Open House on Morris Canal Greenway On 5/15
« Reply #8 on: 05-13-2013, 10:49am »
Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and city officials invite the public to the second meeting for the Morris Canal Greenway Plan will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street.

The open house will allow the public to view exhibits and talk one-on-one with members of the project team. At 6 p.m., the project team will make a 30-minute presentation, which will include presentation of the proposed greenway route, design, and strategy for implementation.

The proposed Morris Canal Greenway Plan is the result of a 15 month study to create more bicycle and pedestrian friendly recreational space, while celebrating the Canal's history. Most of the six-mile greenway will be off-road, which would make it only the second such facility in Jersey City.

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.The first public meeting on the Morris Canal Greenway plan will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at City Hall, 280 Grove Street. An open house will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, when members of the public will be able to view maps and displays and talk one-on-one with members of the project team.

At 6:00 p.m., potential routes for the greenway will be presented. Then the public will have a chance to join a hands-on mapping session in the Caucus Room.

For more information visit the Morris Canal Greenway page or Read more.
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The Morris Canal Greenway
« Reply #6 on: 09-24-2012, 04:46pm »
Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and The Division of City Planning will be holding the first public of several public meetings for the Morris Canal Greenway Plan, which will be held on Wednesday, October 3, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at City Hall.

An open house will be from 4:00 6:00 PM, while a formal presentation will be held at 6:00 PM, with an interactive mapping sessionfrom 7:00 8:00 PM.  The open house and presentation will be in Council Chambers, while the mapping session will be in the Caucus Room.

All are welcome to attend. Check out the Jersey City Morris Canal's Greenway Plan Website & take the survey!

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Re: Hiking the Morris Canal
« Reply #5 on: 07-02-2012, 09:18am »
J and I would be down!!  :)

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Re: Hiking the Morris Canal
« Reply #4 on: 06-29-2012, 05:50pm »
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Re: Hiking the Morris Canal
« Reply #3 on: 06-29-2012, 05:31pm »
A Moris Canal hike in Downtown JC?  I think the location is all wrong.  I don't know many Moris County people living in Jersey City as a matter of fact.  Most likely the majority of the people that attend will  not be Morrises.

Maybe we can drag Hurtle out, during the next tropical storm, and the canal will be navigible?

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Re: Hiking the Morris Canal
« Reply #2 on: 06-29-2012, 05:25pm »
I would be interested in that.  On some day a bit cooler, hopefully.
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Hiking the Morris Canal
« Reply #1 on: 06-29-2012, 04:05pm »
Anyone want to try hiking along the old Morris Canal route from Paulus Hook out to the Hackensack River? Would probably need to research via a good map, maybe at the Main Library? Or cobble together a route from the ones I found online:

http://canalsocietynj.org/Mcanal_map.htm
http://www.canalsocietynj.org/MCMAP.jpg
http://ferociousflaherty.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/the-flaherty-farm/

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Hiking the Morris Canal
« Reply #1 on: 06-29-2012, 04:05pm »