A petition in effort to help save North Bergen’s James J. Braddock park hit over 1,000 signatures from Hudson County residents just three days ago.
The petition stems from the township of North Bergen and County of Hudson proposing to divert approximately 1.1-1.7 acres of the park to permanently house a preschool that has been located in the trailers within James J. Braddock park for over the past 12 years. The location was initially intended to be temporary while a new facility was being built however after construction delays and increased enrollment it remained in the park. Residents feel this is “the beginning of the end of Braddock Park.” The change.org petition website states, “Parks are for nature and for people to enjoy it, not for development/municipalities. This diversion could lead to future diversions/development of municipalities in the park by North Bergen and other Hudson county towns.”
Just last month several improvements were made to parts of the park. “The overused sports field will be a veteran’s memorial and across the street will be brand new soccer fields. The fields will be complete with state of the art LED lighting and bathrooms. Braddock Park, which is already home to a fitness center, playground, tennis courts, and much more, will be complete. Several government officials including Mayor Nicholas Sacco, County Executive Tom DeGise, and Freeholder Antony Vaineri, are both proud and excited for this new park. “It’s going to be a very beautiful park with places to play ball, that well be well controlled. It will keep things under control yet make the park very beautiful, ” Nicholas Sacco stated.
Tom DeGise said, “we are the most densely populated county in the entire country and we need places like this to have our citizens recreate and get some fresh air.”