The Essex County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution this week in support of the Essex-Hudson Greenway project, a linear park initiative that would include Jersey City, Secaucus, Kearny, Newark, Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, and Montclair.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We are excited to see continued progress toward bringing the Essex-Hudson Greenway to reality. The Open Space Institute is proud to be part of this transformational project that will not only provide much-needed green space for residents, but also pave the way for economic recovery,” Open Space Institute President and CEO Kim Elliman said in a joint statement.
“We thank Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., longtime project supporter Essex County Commissioner President Brendan Gill, and all the County Commissioners for their support of and enthusiasm for this once-in-a-generation project.”
The resolution solidifies the intent of Essex County to seek financial support and ownership for their portion of the Essex-Hudson Greenway, as well as to advance the linear park project by providing initial guidance for construction of the property as a multi-use trail, and outlining the next administrative steps to be taken in the short-term.
In late July, the Open Space Institute and its partners announced a preliminary purchase and sale agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company for property in New Jersey’s Essex and Hudson Counties.
“With this decisive vote, the Essex County Executive and Commissioners have chosen to support a greener, sustainable future by creating new opportunities for active transportation and recreation that bind communities together, promote economic development, and give access to safe biking and walking to everyone,” added New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition Executive Director Debra Kagan.
Additionally, the Open Space Institute, and its partners, have already begun investing in planning, surveying, environmental assessments, and more.
This preliminary work is supporting a number of jobs related to planning and property acquisition, and the project is also intended to create hundreds more jobs in construction.
The nature of the greenway project will offer potential support to new and existing businesses throughout the length of the linear park, as well as community improvements such as internet access, storm water relief strategies, and emergency response.
“The Essex Hudson Greenway forms an important part of the alignment of the 9/11 Trail, connecting communities in Northern New Jersey with a larger regional shared-use trail network. We are thrilled to make continued progress with our partners on this important segment,” noted September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance President Thomas Baxter.