PASSAIC, N.J. – The city of Passaic will get a new riverfront park that could include a river walk and athletic fields, under a plan announced this week.
“Our goal is to ensure that we create a new park on the Passaic that reflect the needs and interests of the city’s residents,” said Anthony Cucchi, New Jersey State Director of The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a non-profit that specializes in creating parks and protecting land for public use.
Under the plan – dubbed Phase I of the Passaic Riverfront Park Project – the space that is now Dundee Island Park will undergo a $10 million rehabilitation.
The project is being funded through a $5 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and another $5 million in matching funds from the Passaic County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.
“This 10 million dollar investment in the City of Passaic, which has zero impact on our local budget, will provide much needed green space in our city, unlock access to the Passaic River, and create new amenities in our City that will serve our children and families,” said Passaic Mayor Hector Lora.
“Together, we are going to revitalize this green space in the City of Passaic for generations to come,” said Passaic County Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara.
Public meetings will be held in the coming months to review possible amenities to be included in the park – including sustainable designs to reduce flooding.