Restored Wetlands Area in Lincoln Park Now Open to the Public

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The public can finally get a glimpse at the massive wetlands restoration project in the western part of Lincoln Park, as the Lincoln Park Nature Walk is now open. The project covers 31 acres on a former landfill site, and is expected to increase bird and fish populations in the Hackensack River. It was funded in part by a nearly $10.6 million federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant doled out in 2009 as part of the federal stimulus package.

The talented Jersey City photographer and filmmaker John Dunstan provided some shots of the newly opened area to JCI, and West Bergen-Lincoln Park Neighborhood Coalition president Charlene Burke shared more details in an email.

“Parking is available in the Dog Park parking lot. The netting that creates a fencing barrier to the water is there to hinder the geese dining on the young Spartina grass as it establishes itself. Once established, they will be removed,” she wrote in a Tuesday morning email to the neighborhood group. “Keep your eyes open for the shorebirds and egrets along the banks of the island. And chances of finding an intact seashell in the sands on either side of the walkway are pretty good. So far I’ve found three. So bring a camera, you can never tell what you might see.”

Jon Whiten

co-founder of the Jersey City Independent; he now works for a public-policy nonprofit in Trenton.

4 Responses
  • Anonymous
    Jul 20, 2011

    This is awesome news, but doesn’t it strike anyone as odd that there’s no official news releases about this (no disrespect meant JCI). You’d think HC and JC politicians would be falling over themselves to declare the new park open. I guess the egrets didn’t put enough clams into the HC Dems coffers this year. 

    Anonymous Jul 20, 2011
    • Jul 20, 2011

      I’d venture to guess they planned — and still plan — on doing a big press release and press conference, and inviting TV and the whole nine yards. Both the city and the county don’t always get their press releases out right when something happens; it sometimes takes a little while. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

      Classic line about the egrets, though.

      Jon Whiten Jul 20, 2011
  • JOHANNA WOOD
    Jul 20, 2011

    Lincoln Park is so underappreciated.  It’s such an amazing park — I can’t believe it just got even better.  Can’t wait to check out the new nature walk this weekend!!!

    JOHANNA WOOD Jul 20, 2011
  • JOHANNA WOOD
    Jul 25, 2011

    I just visited the park yesterday with my husband and although they still had the new section cordoned off, it looks beautiful!!!  And believe it or not, it even smells good. The air smelled fresh and clean as soon as you got close to the lovely footbridge they built over the water.  I can’t wait to explore!!!

    JOHANNA WOOD Jul 25, 2011

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