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-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.