The largest resiliency park in the state of New Jersey will officially hold an opening ceremony on Monday, June 12th in Hoboken. The ceremony will take place at 12th and Madison Streets beginning at 11:30 am.
The event is scheduled to include Governor Phil Murphy, along with United States Senator Bob Menendez and Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, along with Mayor Ravi Bhalla and other elected officials.
Formerly called the Northwest Resiliency Park, the five acre site has been renamed the ResilienCity Park.
The park, the new centerpiece of Hoboken’s efforts to mitigate the effects of heavy flooding events exacerbated by climate change, will become the Garden State’s largest resiliency park and one of the largest resiliency parks in the country. It will be able to detain up to 2 million gallons of stormwater during heavy rain events to mitigate flooding in Northwest Hoboken, and will also include Hoboken’s third flood pumping station.
The park will also provide the public with a new multi purpose athletic field, basketball court that doubles as a stormwater detention basin, playground, open lawn space, water spray area, and other open space amenities.
ResilienCity Park was funded in part by a $10 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure in Communities (BRIC) program, low-interest financing through the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund, as well as $1 million in grants from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund.
For more information on ResilienCity Park, go to www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark. Members of the public are invited to attend Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.