Enhancements to Secaucus’s Laurel Hill Park underway

Kim J. Clark

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Residents will use waterfront walkway at Laurel Hill Park, with the Portal North Bridge in the track record.

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An aerial look at of the land in Laurel Hill Park to be diverted.


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Residents will use waterfront walkway at Laurel Hill Park, with the Portal North Bridge in the history.

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An aerial watch of the land in Laurel Hill Park to be diverted.

Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus is going through main renovations. Situated on the western end of New County Road, the county park is around Meadowlands Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike Exit 15X and County Avenue.

“Laurel Hill Park is having lots of updates with new services and an enlargement of choices for diverse sports, many thanks to Hudson County Govt Tom DeGise,” Mayor Michael Gonnelli reported in the town’s August newsletter.

In modern years, the park has developed from an unused open area to a well-outfitted outdoor location. At the moment, there are fields for soccer, baseball and cricket, a boat launch, canoe and kayak rentals, boating tours, children’s playgrounds, fishing pier, canine park and well-managed walking and bike trails. The park also offers remarkable views throughout the Hackensack.

Do the job underway

Work has currently begun, and updates to the premier park in Secaucus are on the way.

They include things like six new tennis courts, two volleyball courts, two basketball courts, a new parking great deal with 50 a lot more spaces and a new playground with aquatic characteristics. The bike and walkway process, parking plenty, current playground, landscaping, gazebo, boat launch and shoreline will be refurbished.

“This is a massive attain for Secaucus. Our inhabitants can appreciate point out-of-the-artwork attributes, new playgrounds, and substantial pathways correct right here in City,” Gonnelli said. “I am satisfied to see open up spaces currently being upgraded for absolutely everyone to use, no make any difference what out of doors activity you may possibly get pleasure from. I thank Hudson County Govt DeGise for generating Laurel Hill Park a precedence.”

Resources for these additions and updates have been procured by grants.

Cleaning up the Hackensack

“Additionally, there is a big press underway at both of those the point out and federal amounts to clean up contamination in the Hackensack River,” Gonnelli claimed.

There is condition assist for federal designation of the Lower Hackensack River as a Superfund web page. The designation is the next move towards cleaning up the river.

“We will share updates as these tasks progress,” Gonnelli stated. “Both these efforts will strengthen the quality of life for Secaucus citizens with extra leisure alternatives and much better use of our open room.”

According to Gonnelli, “open room builds communities by bringing men and women jointly. It is the place we meet up with mates, enjoy, physical exercise, enjoy songs and dance, and take in the elegance of nature. Secaucus is blessed with lots of open up area, so go out and delight in them this summer.”

An aerial view of the land in Laurel Hill Park to be diverted

Parkland for bridge?

When the park is getting an overhaul, it’s also dropping some land. The county is diverting approximately 2.445 acres of a wetland place in the southern part of the park for a bridge easement for the development and procedure of the prepared Portal North Bridge.

Part of the planned Gateway Challenge, the Portal North Bridge would replace the current Portal Bridge which spans the Hackensack River from Kearny to Secaucus. The somewhere around 110-calendar year-previous, decrepit, swing-model Portal Bridge is infamous for breaking down and receiving caught in the open up situation for maritime site visitors, stranding commuters and bringing Amtrak and NJ Transit assistance to a halt.

The existing appropriate-of-way is not ample to accommodate the construction of the new bridge though keeping functions alongside the Northeast Corridor. The northern bridge technique construction and a development and upkeep platform would be completely situated on and more than the diverted land.

Compensated for unused wetlands

The space is a tiny sliver of wetlands with no facilities. It is not obtainable to the general public, apart from by water.

Prior to the diversion, a community hearing was held prior to the New Jersey Section of Ecosystem Safety, simply because the park was partly bought by NJDEP Environmentally friendly Acres money.

The land currently being diverted is appraised at $13,700. As compensation for the land, $54,800 will be deposited into the Back garden State Preservation Believe in Fund.

NJ Transit has agreed to lead $179,000 to Hudson County for the waterfront enhancements and path advancements, among other park updates.

For updates on this and other tales, test www.hudsonreporter.com and abide by us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be arrived at at [email protected].

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