Agency is working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to convert an abandoned rail line into a thriving recreational, ecological and transportation corridor that will traverse two of the most densely populated counties in New Jersey (and in the nation). Formerly known as the Essex Hudson Greenway, this nine-mile property was acquired by NJDEP from Norfolk Southern Railway in 2022. Planning its second life as a Greenway will realize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a unique and linear state park in the heart of the city!
Working alongside NV5, Hive Public Space, Townsquare, Ummo, Creative Urban Alchemy, a broad team of ecology, engineering, economic, and engagement experts — and co-planning with community members in the eight municipalities that the Greenway will run through—the team is planning for the first phase of this incredible project. In order to determine where to break ground, the team is evaluating the constructability of the site’s varied terrains — marshland, bedrock cuts, and drawbridges to name a few. And it is examining the potential socioeconomic impact on the surrounding communities.
The future Greenway will provide new outdoor recreation opportunities and a fun new way to get around town. It will help reduce flooding, improve animal habitats, and serve as a catalyst for local economic developments. It will be New Jersey’s first new state park since 2006!
To stay up to date on the project, visit our NJGreenway website.Project Images