$11 million Reservoir Park comes to fruition for Weehawken/Union City

“It’s good because I get to run around and chill with my friends — hang out,” says 11-year-old Yuribel, of Union City.


The collaborative effort to utilize the dormant Hackensack reservoir property from United Water paid off.

“Truly Mayor (Richard) Turner being on top of this made it happen,” says Mayor and State Senator Brian Stack. “He was the first one to call me and say, ‘Brian, let’s put this together,’ and we did it. You know, it’s not only important for two communities, it’s really important for open space in Hudson County.”

It’s been of out of operation for 19 years, but the space was converted to a passive park with a walking trail around the perimeter.

Sven thinks the park is a great thing to happen to Union City.

“We’ve already been around looking at it, waiting for it to open and we’re just happy the day is finally here,” he says.

And the best part…

“The nature, the birds, anything else you see in there — and it’s quiet, there’s lots of open space, a view of the city,” Sven says.

A place to get moving right in Beverly Jensen’s own backyard.

“I’m really excited about it, my fiancé works for the parks and rec department and he tells me I have to walk around it everyday,” says Jensen, a resident of Weehawken.

It’s the biggest preservation project this area has probably seen in the last 50 years.

“And Mayor Stack and the board of commissioners worked very hard with Weehawken and our elected officials and we were able to get the money together,” Turner says. “Trenton helped out, the governor helped out, the commissioner of DEP — and we now have 16 acres of preserved property in the heart of North Hudson.”

It could have been a 70,000 square foot commercial warehouse with 500 parking spaces.

“This is an example for the whole state how two communities, the county and the state government can work together,” Turner says.

It’s exciting for 11-year-old Frances ‘cause she can enjoy the park with her family and friends.

“You could go anytime and you could just have fun and be you,” the Union City resident says.

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time... Jillian enjoys yoga, working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. She also loves to connect with the community, so feel free to say hi if you see her around, shoot her an e-mail... jrisberg@hctvnj.com or follow her @JillianRis .


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