Jersey City officials cut the ribbon on Ferris Triangle Park this afternoon after the completion of $500,000 upgrades, which includes an ADA compliant playground and a splash pad.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The effort was fully funded by the Jersey City Open Space Trust Fund and took six months to complete.
“Triangle Park has been a priority under our Open Space Trust Act with a goal of reclaiming the public park space to bring out its fullest potential for the benefit of neighborhood residents, and so we worked directly with the community to understand their needs and bring them to fruition,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.
“This is a great way to kick off summer, especially for many of the local children and families as these park improvements provide an easily accessible outdoor recreational space where they can cool off and have fun under the sun.”
Located along Old Bergen Road, the park underwent corner-to-corner construction to create green infrastructure for stormwater absorption, new seating and tables to encourage community interactions, a new flagpole, new signage, and new lighting fixtures, among other improvements.
“The Triangle Park renovation is a great example of collaboration between residents and their local government. Members of the Triangle Park community worked to have this park restored, and we will continue to work together to keep the park activated and in good condition,” added Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley.
The Triangle Park Community Center, a ministry of Episcopal Jersey City, will utilize the park for events and programming content to further engage the community.
“The reopening of Ferris Triangle Park brings a new revival, one filled with hope and promise that the stigma of the old park stays in history,” noted Triangle Park Community Center Director Monica Shaw.
“Today, Ferris Triangle Park begins a new chapter of progress. Let the community take ownership and pride to create a fresh narrative for our youth, families, and seniors to cherish!”
Patrick Ambrossi, a trustee for the Jersey City Park Coalition, also praised the effort.
“We are excited to see the impact of the Jersey City Open Space Trust Fund, specifically in Triangle Park, where 100% of these improvements have been funded through the Open Space Trust Fund. We are proud to have been advocates for and work with Mayor Fulop and his administration to make this a reality.”