Governor pushes parks in
cities, to strengthen communities
(HOBOKEN) – Pointing to the
project as a model for future efforts to strengthen New Jersey’s
communities, Governor James E. McGreevey today participated in the
official groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Jackson
“Today, we are taking action to
replace an unused eyesore with a park that this community can enjoy,”
said Governor McGreevey, who was joined by Department of Environmental
Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell and Hoboken Mayor David
Roberts. “The Jackson Street Park project is part of a broader
initiative to strengthen New Jersey’s communities by steering
infrastructure spending their way, by redeveloping brownfields, and by
creating parks and open space that families can enjoy.”
“This is an exciting day for
Hoboken and this neighborhood,” said Mayor Roberts. “It is a victory
for all of us when we can reclaim an underutilized property and turn
it into a recreational facility for everyone’s enjoyment. We are
meeting the unique challenge of bringing additional open space to an
"Governor McGreevey has put New Jersey on a clear
course to combat sprawl and improve the quality of life for all its
residents, particularly in our urban cities," said Commissioner
Campbell. "We are pleased to fund the Jackson Street Park and are
committed to supporting local parks in urban and suburban areas
throughout the state. We fully recognize that to win the battle
against sprawl, we must make our cities more appealing places to live
- with healthier air, cleaner water and more parks and open space."
The innovative park will be
constructed in the roofless shell of a century-old public works
garage, which will maintain its historic façade. The 5,000 square foot
park is designed to be enjoyed by residents of all ages. In addition
to traditional landscaping, the park will feature a fountain, game
tables, and a climbing wall. The construction of Jackson Street Park
will be entirely funded by the Green Acres program.
his State of the State address, Governor McGreevey outlined ways the
State can help target new development to urban centers and older
suburbs, control sprawl, and protect the State’s most valuable natural
Preserving 20,000 acres of farmland a
year to preserve rural areas.
Creating or upgrading 200 local parks and
adding at least two state parks in the next three years and planting
100,000 new trees across the Garden State.
Devoting at least an additional $100
million over the next three years—a 15 percent increase—to open space
protection in areas such as the Highlands.
Creating an incentive for conservation by
implementing a limited time capital gains tax waiver for landowners
who sell their property to the State’s open space program.
The Governor also stated his unequivocal commitment to
combating over-development and sprawl by giving local governments the
power they need to fight developers and protect their residents,
Empowering towns with the legal and
zoning tools to control and manage future development.
Allowing municipalities to impose a
one-year building moratorium.
Establishing impact fees so that
developers, not taxpayers, bear the burdens for the cost of new roads
Making county and regional planning
authorities more effective and professional since the negative impacts
of development are not limited to the boundaries of individual towns.