Berry Lane Park
Berry Lane Park is a 17.5 acre park currently under construction on a former brownfield site in the Communipaw-Lafayette Section of Jersey City, New Jersey. Construction of the park began in 2012 and it is scheduled to open to the public in 2015. The park is located between Garfield Avenue and Woodward Street near the Garfield Avenue Hudson Bergen Light Rail station. Directly south of Berry Lane Park is Canal Crossing, an adjacent brownfield site slated for a future residential development. The park will be part of the greenway planned along the former route of the Morris Canal.
When completed, Berry Lane Park will be the largest municipal park in Jersey City. Plans include two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a baseball field, a soccer field, a playground, a rain garden, 600 new trees, and a splash pad water park. New park features will coexist with older existing structures that will be preserved or modified: for example, the large concrete silos from a former rail yard will be renovated to contain water features.
The Berry Lane Park project site includes 11 properties formerly used as rail yards, auto repair shops, industrial facilities, and warehouses. The site required significant environmental investigation and remediation due to petroleum and heavy metal contamination. A former chromium processing plant operated by PPG Industries caused substantial Hexavalent chromium contamination on the Berry Lane Park property and other adjacent properties, but PPG Industries agreed to remove 700,000 tons of hazardous waste from this and several other sites in the area.
Post-environmental remediation construction began on Wednesday August 22, 2012. The first and second phases of the project included final environmental remediation of contaminants and grading of the land as well as construction of the baseball field, and irrigation systems. The third phase of the project, which includes installation of over 100 high-efficiency lights throughout the park, began in April 2014 and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014. The fourth phase of the project, which includes completion of the turf baseball and soccer fields as well as construction of event spaces, is expected to begin during the summer of 2014 and is expected to be completed by early 2015. The final phase of construction, which includes concessions facilities, restrooms, basketball courts, a dog run, and other smaller park features, will begin after the fourth phase is complete. In October 2014, Jersey City received a $5 million grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority that will facilitate completion of a large portion of the park in a single phase. The park is estimated to open to the public by the end of 2015.
Funding for the project includes grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Hudson County, a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
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