Counter-rally now planned against Liberty State Park Protection Act

A Jersey City group that has successfully advocated for increased active recreation in Liberty State Park held a counter-rally on Saturday to voice opposition to legislation that would protect the park from privatization.

The Liberty State Park For All protest is scheduled for the same time, 11 a.m., and in the same location, the southern area of ​​the park near Flag Plaza, as the Friends of Liberty State Park (FOLSP) rally in support of the legislation. .

A press release says the counter-rally aims to “raise awareness of the broken promises of Liberty State Park and amplify the voices of the Jersey City community” and that the Friends of Liberty State Park want to “make the park a reserve inaccessible ”. He called the Liberty State Park Protection Act a “Deception Act,” the FOLSP “a small, non-inclusive group of conservation advocates.”

Earlier this year, the State Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the state park, announced a plan to clean up the interior of the park and add about 60 acres of ball fields, basketball and other recreational facilities.

Sam Pesin, president of FOLSP, said the weather that supported DEP’s decision to increase active leisure.

Pesin called the Liberty State Park For All group a “bogus front group” tendering for Liberty National Golf Course owner Paul Fireman, who had attempted to acquire a portion of the park sensitive to the sea. environment to be part of ultra-exclusive golf. Classes.

Fireman said he is no longer trying to acquire the land, but groups urging passage of the LSP Protection Act say Fireman’s influence over senior state lawmakers has blocked the project. of law.

Speakers include New Jersey NAACP President Richard Smith, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Bob Hurley, Hudson County District 3 Commissioner Jerry Walker, Liberty State Park Executive Director For All Arnold Stovell, former Jersey City Mayor Jerry McCann, founder of Qua’s Creative Art Center Qua Hawkins and founder of Urban Concerns Bruce Alston.

The legislation would prohibit the privatization of the park, except for “small-scale commercial activities” which would require public hearings.

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