This week Jersey City city officials gathered for the groundbreaking of a $200,000 renovation and expansion project at Fairmount Triangle Park. The grant-funded improvement project will join two bisected green spaces to create an uninterrupted public park at the intersection of Fairmount and Summit Avenues.
The renovation designs include upgrading the playground and installing new trees, plants, seating, fencing, a flag pole, and re-striping pedestrian crosswalks. A sidewalk will be added around the park’s perimeter.
“Fairmount Triangle currently has streets cutting through the park, which renders the green space unusable for many local children and families,” said Jersey City mayor Steven M. Fulop. “We used the community’s input to realize the full potential of the open park space by re-configuring two small portions of roadway and incorporating them into the park while maintaining all of the existing on-street parking. These upgrades will significantly improve safe access for pedestrians, which will attract more people to actually use the park for recreation and encourage a healthier, active lifestyle.”
By eliminating the cut-through streets, traffic safety will improve with a reduction of conflict points between pedestrians and motorists. Pedestrian traffic signal equipment will also be reworked to better accommodate the park.
“This is a unique opportunity to integrate our Vision Zero efforts into several other citywide initiatives and establish a wonderful new park, while maintaining traffic circulation and existing parking spaces,” said Barkha Patel, Jersey City’s director of transportation planning. “The advancement of this pavement-to-park project will reinvigorate Fairmount Triangle and provide additional space to gather, play, relax, and enjoy the neighborhood. We have also secured a grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to fund transit and pedestrian safety improvements on Fairmount Avenue, which will make it easier for the community to access the park without the use of a car.”
The Fairmount Park improvement project is equally funded through grants awarded to the city by Made to Move and the NJ Department of Transportation.
Although no construction timeline was announced, monthly community meetings will be held being during the park’s construction process.