Overpeck Park set to open after decades of obstacles

A former landfill in Bergen County will finally see its grand opening after decades of obstacles.

The Overpeck Park in Bergen County is set to have its grand opening on July 5. The 140-acre park features open space, athletic facilities, picnic areas, nature paths and boat docks and an amphitheatre.

Development on the project began more than 50 years ago. Contamination issues plagued the park, halting development for years.

Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney tells News 12 New Jersey county developers were required to cap the closed landfill and install a piping system. The land's transformation was approved by Department of Environmental Protection.

Bergen County Republican Organization Chair Bob Yudin says the $100 million price tag of the park was "unnecessary." McNerney argues that the actual cost was much less and insists the park will bring revenue into Bergen County.

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