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LIBERTY STATE PARK RECEIVES GO-AHEAD ON 520-SLIP PUBLIC MARINA

 LIBERTY STATE PARK RECEIVES GO-AHEAD ON 520-SLIP PUBLIC MARINA
 JERSEY CITY, N.J., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Permission to proceed with the construction of a 520-slip public marina at Liberty State Park in Jersey City was granted yesterday by the Army Corps of Engineers to the Liberty State Park Development Corporation (LSPDC), it was announced today by the LSPDC.
 The LSPDC is the non-profit development arm of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (NJDEPE), created in 1984 to help in the formation of public/private partnerships to fund various park amenities set forth in the park's master plan.
 "This is, without a doubt, one of the toughest marina permits on record," said Peter Ylvisaker, president of the LSPDC. "The extraordinary time and effort expended working out the details and attempting to address all community and environmental concerns have gained us a public marina that will not only expand recreational facilities in the park, but will actually enhance water quality in the Morris Canal Tidewater Basin."
 Envisioned in the park's original master plan and granted a Waterfront Development Permit by the NJDEPE in 1988, the marina project has taken six years to reach the final permit stage. Much of that time was exerted on discerning and addressing community accessibility and environmental concerns.
 According to Ylvisaker, the granting of the Army Corps of Engineers permit confirms that sufficient environmental safeguards have been met and that the state's broader objective -- improving water quality throughout the entire Hudson River estuary -- will be served beginning with improving water quality in the Morris Canal Tidewater Basin.
 The approved marina project will include the installation of an aeration system to protect marine life in the basin, stringent wastewater disposal, twice-monthly sampling for water quality, and purchase by the developer of a skimmer boat to keep surface debris at a minimum. In addition, the LSPDC is working with Jersey City to reach a long-term solution on improving or relocating the combined sewer outfall at Mill Creek.
 The completed marina project is designed to encourage public accessibility. Its main features include a public boat ramp, fuel pier and 17 individual floating piers of various lengths, creating boat slips for vessels in the predominantly 30-35 foot range and up to 80 feet in length. Ten percent of the slips will remain open for transient traffic.
 Upland facilities to be constructed include a boat rack storage building for 144 boats less than 26 feet in length. The marina headquarters building will be designed with an observation deck open to the public. Plans include extensive greening of adjacent lawns and expanded walkways for public recreation.
 "The people's interests have been well served in the decision to proceed with a public marina," said Vincent Murphy, chairman of the LSPDC. "Every step we realize in fulfilling the master plan brings us one step nearer to completing one of the most spectacular urban parks and public spaces in the country."
 Original plans to complete the park quickly have been recast in light of state budgetary problems and a similar belt tightening in the private sector. To date, only one-third of the park has been developed for public use. Optimism for the park's future, however, given its stunning location and historical significance, runs high among its loyal supporters and has led to completion of several projects.
 Last summer, the park saw the completion of the 1.3 mile waterfront promenade, Liberty Walk, which links the northern and southern ends of the park. The $65 million Liberty Science Center, also envisioned in the original master plan, is scheduled to open in October of this year. Future projects include completed restoration of the Central Railroad of New Jersey historic terminal building, restoration of the ferry slips and an outdoor amphitheater.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Ylvisaker, president of LSPDC, 201-915-0616 or 609-443-3848/ CO: Liberty State Park Development Corporation ST: New Jersey IN: SU:


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