Letter to the Editor: Hudson County Taxpayers are “on the hook”

NJDEP Green Acres has told North Bergen it must remove its 17  trailer Preschool from Hudson County’s Braddock Park no later than 08-31-2021.

This school was moved into the park in 2001, in violation of State and Federal regulations that restrict Braddock and other Green Acres funded parks statewide to recreational and open space use.

Green Acres has just told NB and HC officials they must create 3 times as much new park land as the Preschool illegally used in Braddock Park, as “punishment” for their violation.

Approximately 4 acres of new park land must now be created by North Bergen & Hudson County.

Hudson County taxpayers will pay for this, because of the past irresponsible action by officials.

One of the proposed new parks is on Paterson Plank Road.

HALF of this land is unusable and will be closed to the public because it is on a steep slope that has a history of landslides.

Another proposed new park is on River Road, south of Bull’s Ferry Road.

There is no plan to convert this currently unusable very steep and over-vegetated narrow strip of land into a park.

It may instead get razed and turned into a parking lot.

Hudson County residents should take a minute to write Green Acres:

1- Half of the Paterson Plank Road land should not be considered Braddock Park replacement park land because it will be closed to the public.

2- The River Road land needs a plan for a usable park, not a parking lot.

Caroline.Armstrong@dep.nj.gov

Martha.Sapp@dep.nj.gov

Robert Walden

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