At our February Monthly Meeting we presented about Green Infrastructure options for Jersey City and urged the public to become more engaged with the SewerFreeNJ.org statewide campaign to make your voices heard about upcoming choices we have about using GI to help remediate stormwater manaagement issues. We also presented the opportunity to focus on JC’s Tree Canopy and the changes that are needed to both protect existing Trees and to also work with SJC and other community orgs to grow our JC Tree Canopy.
This month we are looking at visions for large scale GI corridors in Jersey City, i.e.., The Embankment and the Bergen Arches. SJC is very excited to welcome Stephen Gucciardo & Maureen Crowley from The Embankment Preservation Coalition who will present ‘CrossRoads” and Vincent Marcetto & Chris Lamm from the new Journal Square Community Association who will present “Open the Arches”.
“ ‘Crossroads,’ an Embankment Preservation Coalition initiative to build out a Hudson County trail system that would connect the Harsimus Branch Embankment with major long-distance and local trails - existing, planned, and proposed.
The Hudson County system would connect, via the East Coast Greenway, the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, the Harsimus Branch Embankment, and trails running through the Bergen Arches, including the Ice & Iron Trail from Montclair and The September 11th National Memorial Trail from New York City's World Trade Center site through Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C. The system would interconnect the Morris Canal Greenway and such local trails as the Hackensack River Walk and the Mill Creek Trail, running from the 2nd Street light rail station in Hoboken to Enos Jones Park in Jersey City and, eventually, to Liberty State Park.”
“Open the Arches is a Journal Square Community Association initiative to open the Bergen Arches as a Highline-style park. In the 62 years since the last train rumbled through the Bergen Arches, and despite numerous studies to evaluate the land’s worth as a transportation corridor, the property has been neglected and all but forgotten. As a result, nature has transformed the once busy railway into a tranquil urban woodland. Opening this area to the public is a rare opportunity to create much needed green space in Journal Square. This presentation will cover the history of the Bergen Arches, current conditions, and build a case for why now is the time to open the Bergen Arches to the people."