FORT LEE, N.J. -- Three new public parks are opening soon in Fort Lee.Mayor Mark Sokolich said acquisition of the parks is at no cost to taxpayers and include,
- A one-acre passive public park at the corner of Main Street and Lemoine Avenue in the downtown district.
- A two-acre passive public park at Redevelopment 5 East, adjacent to The Modern high rise.
- A public park on 15th Street, with a portion devoted to the town's second community garden program.
The parks will be owned by Fort Lee and will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to sit, relax and meet friends.
A fourth park is in the works.
"With the support of the Governing Body, I continue to lobby the United States Postal Service to relocate their existing obsolete post office on Main Street to our new state-of-the-art parking facility and convert the existing dilapidated post office building -- which is not A.D.A. accessible -- into yet another public park for our entire community to enjoy," the mayor said.
The introduction of the new public parks, as well as other “green” initiatives in Fort Lee, has earned the attention of environmental agencies across the state and have helped Fort Lee earn “Bronze” designation from Sustainable New Jersey.
Sokolich said there is no greater challenge to a municipality than to acquire and introduce new parks in light of the costs and expenses associated with these types of acquisitions.
"As a result of our smart growth policies, our emphasis on 'quality of life' initiatives and the generosity of a Fort Lee family, these additional parks have been made possible here in our community without any acquisition cost to our taxpayers," Sokolich said.
The 15th Street park, opening in the summer, was donated to the town by a Fort Lee family.
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