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Save Liberty State Park from Commercialization Threats

Save Liberty State Park from Commercialization Threats
Liberty State Park’s public open space is threatened once again.
A Golf Course Expansion at LSP’s Caven Point Natural Area

Liberty National Golf Course submitted a proposal in response to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for outdoor amenities within the Caven Point property in Liberty State Park. The proposal, not yet released, is expected to detail plans for an expanded golf course.

The Caven Point Peninsula is an irreplaceable state-registered Natural Area, behind Lady Liberty, providing critical urban habitat and unique environmental education opportunities.

Video coverage of March 3, 2018 Save LSP Nature Walk

Untitled Project from john dunstan on Vimeo.

Recent news:

EMAIL to urge the DEP to reject the Liberty National Golf Course proposal to lease away the LSP Caven Point Natural Area. To view our comments to NJDEP, click here. 

A coalition of organizations sent a letter to NJDEP on February 23, 2018 urging the rejection of privatization proposals. Click here to view the letter. 

A 2nd Threat: Private Marina Proposal on the LSP’s Southside

As the Christie administration head out the door, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued a backroom secret lease for a second massive private marina on Liberty State Park property. The construction of a private marina along the park’s non-commercial Southside will severely harm its use by families who treasure this area right behind Lady Liberty as their backyard for picnics, barbecues, exercising, kayaking and fishing. A new private marina will also result in a tremendous loss of public parking and also land for marina facilities.

Governor Murphy has stated opposition to the plan but the threat is still active. Please contact NJDEP Commissioner McCabe at 609-292-2995 or and urge her to oppose these projects!

Friends of LSP battle webpage with news links and bullet points

What is at stake:
Liberty State Park is the priceless, free and green park behind Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. LSP is peaceful, scarce urban open space in one of our nation’s most densely populated regions. It sees millions of visitors each year and is jam-packed on warm weekends year-round.
For forty years, overwhelming public consensus has consistently rejected exactly these kinds of privatization proposals. Thanks to YOU, LSP will remain a People’s Park!