The City of Jersey City is planning on a $6 million restoration for Reservoir 3 in the Heights, which will include landscaped open spaces, a complete walking trail with access to the waterfront, lighting, and safety measures.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“This project will create another special place for Jersey City residents. This will be one of the great parks anywhere in North Jersey. The reality is, when you are in the reservoir area you don’t even realize you’re in a city,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.
“This project has been in discussion for nearly 30 years with residents recognizing the potential but nobody acting on it, and I’m glad we are able to move this forward. It will be an amazing addition to Jersey City.”
Reservoir 3 is currently listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
The current plan says the city will match the $3 million in combined grants for the Reservoir 3 enhancements, which include $1 million from Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund, $750,000 from the New Jersey Historic Trust, $850,000 for the Green Acres, and $400,000 for the Jersey City Open Space Trust.
“With these enhancements, Reservoir 3 can return to its glory to provide pristine open space for people from around the region, further putting Jersey City on the map as a destination for some of New Jersey’s greatest parks,” added Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh.
“Now more than ever we realize the importance of outdoor recreational space for residents’ mental and physical health, and I’m glad that despite the pandemic we’re continuing to move forward on these important projects.”
The $6 million investment is expected to fully fund complete access, including a more structured trail outlining the perimeter of the reservoir with new fencing and lighting throughout the area.
“It’s a unique area, rich in wildlife and educational opportunities, and I think a lot of people will take advantage of it once it’s made more accessible and the historical aspects are properly preserved,” stated Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano.
“The Jersey City Parks Coalition is pleased to learn that $6 million has been allocated for JC Reservoir improvements. We look forward for the City’s commitment and assurance to come back for community input,” noted Jersey City Parks Coalition President Paula Mahayosnand.