Reservoir 3 is currently listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The City will match the $3 million in combined grants for the Reservoir 3 enhancements, which include:$1 million – Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund
$1 million – Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund
$750,000 – New Jersey Historic Trust
$850,000 – Green Acres
$400,000 – Jersey City Open Space Trust
The $6 million investment is expected to fully fund complete access, including a more structured trail outlining the perimeter of the reservoir with new fencing and lighting throughout the area.
“With these enhancements, Reservoir 3 can return to its glory to provide pristine open space for people from around the region, further putting Jersey City on the map as a destination for some of New Jersey’s greatest parks,” said Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh. “Now more than ever we realize the importance of outdoor recreational space for residents’ mental and physical health, and I’m glad that despite the pandemic we’re continuing to move forward on these important projects.”
“This is a critical project to preserve a piece of Jersey City history that has been decades in the making, and I’m really encouraged to see it finally getting the attention it deserves,” said Ward C Councilman Richard Boggiano. “It’s a unique area, rich in wildlife and educational opportunities, and I think a lot of people will take advantage of it once it’s made more accessible and the historical aspects are properly preserved.”
“The Jersey City Parks Coalition is pleased to learn that $6 million has been allocated for JC Reservoir improvements. We look forward for the City’s commitment and assurance to come back for community input,” said Paula Mahayosnand, President of the Jersey City Parks Coalition.