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Newark-Kearny Greenway: Nine-Mile State Park Development Begins

The initial phase of the Essex-Hudson Greenway project is set to commence, focusing on a two-mile stretch through Newark and Kearny. This marks the beginning of a transformative journey in creating a nine-mile linear state park, aimed at enhancing recreation, transportation, and economic opportunities in Hudson and Essex counties.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the guidance of Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette, has announced the first phase of the Greenway project. This phase will rejuvenate a nearly two-mile segment of an old rail line, spanning across Newark in Essex County and Kearny in Hudson County, as part of a larger nine-mile state park vision.

The Greenway, once completed, will connect eight communities across Essex and Hudson counties, offering unprecedented access to green spaces, boosting recreational and transportation options, and enhancing environmental quality. With a focus on environmental justice, the project seeks to provide much-needed open space and health benefits to densely populated areas.

Map of Initial Greenway Development and Construction

Governor Phil Murphy emphasizes the Greenway's role as a game-changer, bridging communities and fostering economic growth. Commissioner LaTourette highlights the project's community-centric approach, thanking local residents and leaders for their partnership. This first segment is expected to break ground in early 2024, with a projected opening in late 2025.

Envisioned as a series of connected experiences, the Newark-Kearny segment will offer both active and passive recreation opportunities. It includes scenic overlooks with views of the Meadowlands and Manhattan skyline, as well as community hubs for outdoor activities. The DEP's planning process involved extensive community engagement, focusing on themes of relaxation, gathering, play, and connectivity.

Screenshot from The Greenway webpage of NJ DEP.

Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., and others have expressed their support, underlining the Greenway's potential for economic development, conservation, and community unification. Mayor Ras J. Baraka of Newark highlights the project's significance in enhancing the city's sustainability and connectivity.

For more details or to provide feedback on the project, residents can visit the DEP's Greenway webpage. Public comments are open until December 17, 2023.

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