McGREEVEY ANNOUNCES DESIGNATION OF THREE NEW STATE PARKS
Design Competition to Be Held for Trenton and Paterson Sites
RELEASE Governor James E. McGreevey
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(PATERSON) - Governor James E. McGreevey today announced the
designation of three new state parks at historic destinations in
Paterson, Trenton and River Edge, adding that a national competition
would be held for the design of the Trenton and Paterson sites.
"Our parks and open spaces are the pride and joy of New
Jersey," said McGreevey. "Parks create a sense of place,
provide recreational and educational experiences, protect the
environment and boost the economy. A world of opportunities and
advantages rests in these new parks, which benefit not just our urban
centers but all of New Jersey."
In his 2003 State of the State Address, McGreevey promised to
create at least two new state parks and upgrade or create 200 local
parks across New Jersey. To date, 205 local parks have been either
built or improved.
The Governor made the announcement at the Great Falls in Paterson,
where he was joined by Department of Environmental Protection
Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell and Paterson Mayor José
"Trenton, Paterson and River Edge have natural and historic
treasures that are pathways to New Jersey's history - from the Dutch
settlements at River Edge, to the pivotal Battle of Trenton, to the
advent of the industrial revolution in Paterson," said Department
of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell.
"New parks in these cities will be centerpieces of community
renewal in areas that are under-served by our parks system."
The design competition for the Paterson park will focus on
ecological aesthetics of the Great Falls and the city's Native
American and industrial history. The 77-foot Great Falls is the second
largest waterfall by volume and width east of the Mississippi River.
Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, called
Paterson America's first planned industrial city as a result of the
extensive waterpower the Great Falls provided.
"Tourism is an important part of Paterson's future," said
Torres. "I thank Governor McGreevey for recognizing the
significance of the Great Falls. By designating this area a state
park, we are extending an invitation for visitors to come experience
Paterson's rich history and proud culture."
The park in Trenton will link the Delaware and Raritan Canal State
Park to existing parks and historic sites including the
Hamilton-Trenton Marsh, Stacy Park, Mill Hill Park, the Trenton Battle
Monument and three national historic landmarks - the Old Barracks
Museum, the John Abbott National Historic Landmark and the William
Trent House. The reclamation and restoration of Stacy Park will
complete the historic restoration of the State House Complex.
The River Edge state park will be located at Historic New Bridge
Landing and will include the state-owned Steuben House and the
historic pony-truss swing bridge, as well as a new visitor's center,
an interpretive center and additional open space. During the American
Revolution, Historic New Bridge Landing was a strategic river crossing
that served as a battleground, intelligence-gathering post, encampment
ground and military headquarters. Historic New Bridge Landing is
located in River Edge, Bergen County, at the edge of Teaneck,
Hackensack and New Milford.
The design competition seeks submissions that will enhance
accessibility, connectivity, and the integration of natural and
man-made environments and will emphasize historical and ecological
treasures. The state has allocated $300,000 to implement the
competition, which DEP and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
will jointly sponsor. The competition will be open to architects,
landscape architects, planners, engineers, artists, urban designers
and students sponsored by a design professional.
"New York's Central Park, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, and
the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC
are just a few of the dozens of major public spaces that were the
result of design competitions," said Tom Moran, senior program
officer for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. "The
Council looks forward to managing a design competition process that
yields fresh and creative concepts for these important new urban state
parks. The competition will promote design excellence and innovation
for these parks and will be an opportunity for both unrecognized as
well as established talents to enter."
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts will accept expressions of
interest from those interested in submitting designs for the Trenton
and Paterson parks through February 2005. Informational sessions will
be held in Trenton and Paterson following the close of registration.
Photos and audio and video clips from Governor McGreevey's press
conferences are available in the Office of the Governor section on the
State of New Jersey web page, http://www.nj.gov/