New Jersey doesn't get a lot of credit for being green... But in Jersey City, we are working to change that.
Often, cities around the nation find themselves performing a balancing act - between residents and resources, taxes and services or open space and development. While residents in urban areas place a high value on open space to compensate for close living, cities must come up with creative solutions for providing parks and green spaces.
In Jersey City, we are proud of the innovative strides we have made in addressing this issue, through our investments in new parks and preservation of our existing ones. During the past two years, we have invested $6 million in our parks and have increased the city-owned parkland by 11%.
Investing in green spaces within our City is about more than our commitment to protecting the environment. It is about our commitment to the communities that surround them. In a densely populated city such as Jersey City, these parks provide places for children to play, neighbors to meet and communities to thrive.