THE BROKEN PROMISES OF LIBERTY STATE PARK

 

  • 40% of Liberty State Park is contaminated. It’s no coincidence this toxic land sits right next to minority neighborhoods in Ward F.
  • There’s been no community representation on any of the committees that have made decisions about LSP. The minority residents of Jersey City are totally excluded!
  • The original 1977 Master Plan, which called for basketball courts, ball fields, an amphitheater and more, has been almost completely ignored, a betrayal of the Wards A and F communities!
  • A transportation system for the park never happened, making it harder for minority communities to get to LSP.

Why are leaders settling for a solution that doesn’t address all the problems? Why are we allowing one person’s plan, the Liberty State Park Protection (Deception) Act, to supersede the wishes of the community? Why have Jersey City’s communities of color not been brought into the decision-making process? Why were the ballfields, basketball courts and other amenities that were promised in the Master Plan never built? These questions and more must be answered before any final decisions are made about the future of OUR park.

 

A Vision For Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park should be about more than broken promises, failing infrastructure and ignored ideas. We have a vision to make the Park better and more enjoyable for all. One that fully cleans up contaminated areas, creates ballfields, basketball courts and other recreational facilities, all right across the street from Liberty Science Center.

What The Park Is Now

What The Park Could Be

Unleash the Promise of Liberty State Park

Since 1976, Jersey City communities have waited for the Liberty State Park (LSP) that was promised to them – a place for everyone to play safely, experience culture, appreciate nature and create jobs. But, for 45 years, the original plan for Liberty State Park, and the voices of the local community, have been ignored. 

Today, 235 acres or 40% of LSP remains polluted and fenced-off. Although the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has committed to cleaning and restoring this contaminated land, a tiny but very vocal number of “preservationists” called the Friends of Liberty State Park, that do not represent the communities surrounding LSP, are fighting to block the clean-up of toxic land to make LSP a preserve through the deceptively termed legislation -The Liberty State Park Protection Act (A-2189/S-1449).

Passage of the Liberty State Park ‘DECEPTION’ Act will forever block cleanup and the addition of the recreation fields the kids and the community need. 

We urge you to join local community leaders, parents and children working toward a LSP that will:

  • GIVE ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS A VOICE IN THE FUTURE OF LSP
  • PROVIDE RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES KIDS NEED
  • CREATE CULTURAL AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE COMMUNITY
  • PROVIDE LOCAL TRANSPORTATION TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO LSP

Block the Liberty State Park ‘DECEPTION’ Act (A-2189/S-1449) and make Liberty State Park “our” Park – the center of activity, culture, and opportunity the Jersey City community was promised 45 years ago!!

 

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