State withdraws proposal for Liberty State Park development after opposition

The state withdrew a proposal for development at Liberty State Park after the plan was met with opposition.

The state withdrew a proposal for development at Liberty State Park after the plan was met with opposition. (5/16/16)

JERSEY CITY - A fight to stop development inside one of New Jersey’s most popular state parks seems to have been won.

The Christie administration had considered allowing developers to build a possible hotel or amusement park inside Liberty State Park in Jersey City, but abandoned the idea after being met with opposition.

Those who were opposed to development said that they wanted to preserve the scenery and landscape of the park.

“These proposals were all set up to keep people out of certain areas of the park for private events,” says activist Greg Remaud.

Advocates for the park have long fought any effort to alter Liberty State Park. Since the park opened 40 years ago, there have beaten several attempts at large-scale building, including building a state memorial for the Sept. 11 attacks.

The DEP commissioner says that there is an opportunity for private development in some of New Jersey’s other state parks.

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