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 were 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 Wards A and F communities!
  • A transportation system for the park never happened, making it harder for minority communities to get to LSP.

Why is the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection proposing yet another plan that will not fully clean-up the Park? Why are they using a lower standard of clean-up that would never, ever be used in predominately white communities? 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? Do Black Lives matter when it comes to Liberty State Park? 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

Tell Local Leaders: STOP the Liberty State Park Protection Act!

For over 40 years, Jersey City’s communities of color have been ignored on LSP and it could happen again.

The Liberty State Park Protection Act eliminates the community’s role in deciding the future of the park, prohibits the development of necessary recreation facilities and ignores the need for greater access. It only protects the interests of a small, non-inclusive group that has refused to realize the potential and impact of the park for decades. No more! It is time to hold our government accountable and have them do right by communities of color on Liberty State Park.

You can have your voice heard – right here, right now! Submit this email to let local leaders know the “Protection” act is not the will of our community.

For over 40 years, Jersey City’s communities of color have been ignored on LSP and it could happen again.

The Liberty State Park Protection Act eliminates the community’s role in deciding the future of the park, prohibits the development of necessary recreation facilities and ignores the need for greater access. It only protects the interests of a small, non-inclusive group that has refused to realize the potential and impact of the park for decades.

Liberty State Park needs attention, but this “Protection” Act is not the right way to do it. There is a long history of the government making promises to communities of color about Liberty State Park but never coming through. The Park has been contaminated for years with no trace of active recreation, even though it was promised many times. This is no longer acceptable. No more broken promises at Liberty State Park. I hope you will vote against the Liberty State Park Protection Act and instead focus on inclusive, community-backed plans to fully clean up the Park and provide greater access to active recreation.

 

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