New Jersey

The Trust for Public Land, New JerseyPhoto credit: Brad Hamilton

In New Jersey, our land conservation and urban park development efforts have always focused on protecting and creating the places that make our communities more livable. Whether we're helping residents of tiny Andover Borough stave off an ill-thought-out development, protecting the watershed of Barnegat Bay, or completing the landmark Newark Riverfront Park in our largest city, the diversity of our work matches that of the Garden State.

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20 Community Place, Suite 7 | Morristown, New Jersey  07960
Phone: (973) 292-1100 | Email Address: newjersey@tpl.org
60 Park Place, Suite 203 | Newark, New Jersey  07102
Phone: (973) 998-9440 | Email Address: newark@tpl.org

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New Jersey projects

Highlighted Projects:

Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

Since 1985, The Trust for Public Land has partnered with agencies, communities, and donors to safeguard land, water, wildlife, to protect thousands of acres in the Barnegat Bay.

Newark Riverfront

Fewer than 50 percent of the children in Newark, the state's largest city live within walking distance of a safe park or playground. By engaging all segments of the community, The Trust for Public Land is creating a citywide network of parks and playgrounds that will provide 50,000 residents with access to badly needed outdoor recreational spaces.

New Jersey Highlands

Only an hour outside of New York City, the New Jersey Highlands encompass nearly one million rugged acres of forests, lakes, and clear running streams. Stretching diagonally across northwestern New Jersey and forming a greenbelt of farmlands and forests along the burgeoning Pennsylvania- New York - New Jersey - Connecticut corridor, the Highlands are one of the region's most significant resources.

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Allentown Greenbelt, New Jersey

In 2007, concerned residents asked TPL to help protect more than 140 acres on the borough's border, adjacent to the local Heritage Park and a new elementary school site.

Armstrong Bog. Photo: Cindy Roberts

In 2010, TPL and partners completed the purchase of more than 324 acres known as Armstrong Bog in Frankford Township, New Jersey.

Baker Firestone property, New Jersey Highlands

For more than 20 years, local conservationists have sought to protect the Baker Firestone property in the New Jersey Highlands.

Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

Since 1985, The Trust for Public Land has partnered with agencies, communities, and donors to safeguard land, water, wildlife, to protect thousands of acres in the Barnegat Bay.

Camp Albocondo, New Jersey

When a residential subdivision was proposed for the site in 2010, The Trust for Public Land helped purchase this former private campground on the banks of the Toms River to protect it from development.

Camp Glen Gray, NJ

During its 85-year history as a Boy Scout camp, Camp Glen Gray was a
refuge of wilderness in the fast-developing Ramapo Mountains of the New
Jersey Highlands.

Copper Beach. Photo Tom Gravel

In 2010, TPL and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation completed efforts to preserve this property, which is named for its distinctive copper beech trees. The land is both a critical water resource in the New Jersey Highlands and provides another link in a growing network of preserved lands.

Creek Run Day Camp. Photo: Alan Chin

In 2002, TPL helped a New Jersey nonprofit acquire a 37-acre day camp to offer animal-assisted therapy for children exposed to domestic violence, emotional abuse, divorce, or drug or alcohol abuse.

Dixon Pond, NJ

For years, Morris County conservationists targeted this 129-acre site adjacent to Dixon's Pond as a key link within more than 5,000 acres of conservation land.

Double Trouble State Park. Photo:  NJ Division of Parks and Forestry

In late 2001, TPL purchased 1,044 acres in Ocean County, New Jersey for an addition to Double Trouble State Park, linking it to the Crossley Preserve and the Greenwood Wildlife Management Area.

Early Street Community Garden< New Jersey

Several Morristown gardeners founded the nonprofit Grow It Green Morristown (GIGM) and created a community garden on a small vacant lot. In June 2013, The Trust for Public Land helped the town of Morristown purchase and permanently protect the garden.

Ellinwood Forest, NJ

Ellinwood Forrest, an undeveloped 61-acre parcel of land along a scenic Booton Township road, was ripe for development when TPL and partners stepped in to help conserve the property in March, 2011

Francisco Farm, New Jersey

What would you do if an approved development in your town threatened to overwhelm the scenic landscape of a much-loved local farm with offices, stores, and 590 residences? That’s the crisis that faced rural Andover Borough in Sussex County several years ago.

Good Luck Point. Photo: Dwight Hiscano

In 2003, TPL purchased 211 additional acres at Good Luck Point from AT&T for addition to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

Gunning Island. Photo: Seth Sherman

In late October 2007, TPL conserved this 19.9-acre island located in the Shrewsbury River, which drains into the Raritan Bay.

Park 1600, Hoboken, New Jersey

The  2.03-acre Hoboken Cove parcel on the Hudson River was purchased as part of a planned 10-acre park on the border of Hoboken and Weehawken, two cities that in desperate need of outdoor recreational space following rapid and intense growth.

Indian Spring. Photo: Yola Monakhov

In October, 2005 TPL helped protect 35 acres that inspired Walt Whitman. The poet composed the last part of Leaves of Grass while staying at historic Indian Spring.

Jesse Allen Park, Newark

Surf, snow and—concrete? Sunny beaches and fresh powder are often out of reach for many city dwellers, but Newark's new Jesse Allen Park may just turn "bored" athletes into "board" athletes.

John Connolly Park. Photo: Ken Sherman

In April of 2001, Voorhees Township, acquired a 49-acre former asphalt plant with plans to turn the majority of the property into an expansive "great lawn" for public use. This project was TPL's first acquisition for Camden County using its Open Space Trust Fund.

Lafayette Street Elementary School, Newark

The Ironbound is a close-knit, multicultural community in Newark's East Ward, home to many families with children. The lack of play space is a problem throughout the East Ward.

Lake Louise. Photo: Lake Louise

In October 2004, TPL worked to purchase and preserve the land and the 12-acre lake to protect water quality and maintain the rural character of the area.

Lake Worth. Photo courtesy of the Dickinson Family

In March of 2005, TPL created an addition to Lake Worth with the purchase of nine more acres. Lake Worth represents the second project completed as part of the River to Bay Greenway, and when fully restored it will be become the 20th park in the Camden County park system.

Lighthouse Camp. Photo: Ken Sherman

For more than 70 years, the Lighthouse Camp on the Barnegat Bay was a summer retreat for the blind and multiply-handicapped. When the camp was closed, owner Lighthouse International worked with TPL to protect the 90-acre site and to find an alternative use for the camp's 27 buildings in August 2000.

McKinley Elementary School. Photo: Clark Jones

For years, the more than 1,000 students at McKinley Elementary School in Newark's Central Ward, had nothing but a virtual wasteland of asphalt for a playground. The new two-acre park that opened in 2003 includes a track, basketball court, grass playing field, swings and play equipment that is available to students and the community.

McVickers Brook Preserve. Photo: Marni Horwitz

The Mendham Borough, New Jersey, open space master plan envisions a loop trail network that connects borough parklands to the Morris County trail system known as Patriots' Path.

Mildred Helms Playground, Newark

In 2002, the community organized to clean up and reclaim this park. Working with neighbors, the city, the school, and the broader community, TPL raised funds for park reconstruction and worked with students, teachers, and area residents to design a new park, which re-opened in the fall of 2005.

Mosiers Knob

In 2009, a 550-acre property known as Mosiers Knob, adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap, was approved for more than 200 residential units. We worked to have it protected as an addition to  the National Park Service.

Mosley Preserve, New Jersey

In 2008, TPL negotiated the purchase of 112 acres for a township park that will include athletic fields and nature trails. The building and grounds will continue to serve as a school and conference and retreat center for priests, sisters, and other visitors.

Nat Turner Park, Newark

Dedicated in July 2009, Newark's largest city-owned park provides recreation for a neighborhood of 19,000 people, including 7,000 children.

New Jersey Highlands

Only an hour outside of New York City, the New Jersey Highlands encompass nearly one million rugged acres of forests, lakes, and clear running streams. Stretching diagonally across northwestern New Jersey and forming a greenbelt of farmlands and forests along the burgeoning Pennsylvania- New York - New Jersey - Connecticut corridor, the Highlands are one of the region's most significant resources.

The Trust for Public Land is the lead partner in developing the first Newark Riverfront Park, a 7.1-acre riverfront park in the Ironbound neighborhood, where there is currently less than a half-acre of parkland per 1,000 residents.

Parks for People-Camden, New Jersey

Experts in urban planning at The Trust for Public Land are rounding out a year-long study to determine which Camden neighborhoods need more parks and flood control the most We'll then work with city partners and community members to find a location and create a vision for a new park that meets both of those needs.

Newark Riverfront

Fewer than 50 percent of the children in Newark, the state's largest city live within walking distance of a safe park or playground. By engaging all segments of the community, The Trust for Public Land is creating a citywide network of parks and playgrounds that will provide 50,000 residents with access to badly needed outdoor recreational spaces.

Primrose Farm, NJ

The 113 acres known as the Primrose Farm Estates are part of the watershed between Primrose Brook and the Passaic River-important to water quality in New Jersey's Harding Township, and beyond.

Quitman Street Playground, Newark

We helped create a 35,000-square-foot playground for this Newark school in 2000 and in 2011, developed Quitman's smaller playground into a thriving, interactive space that promotes exercise, learning, and exploration for young students and neighborhood children.

River to Bay Greenway. Photo: Ken Sherman

Launched in 2001, The Trust for Public Land's River to Bay Greenway program will establish a 70-mile corridor linking existing and proposed open space between the Delaware River in Camden to Barnegat Bay.

Rossema Wetlands, New Jersey

We are working to protect the Rosemma Wetlands in New Jersey's Long Beach Township, a scenic seascape that is also a critical storm buffer and home to many species, some which are threatened or endangered in the state.

Hikers at Shale Valley, NJ

Once the site of a shale mine, 46-acre Shale Valley is now part of a larger quilt of protected public lands in the New Jersey Highlands.

St. Mary's Abbey, NJ

One of the last large, undeveloped tracts of land in Morris County, this property adjoins Lewis Morris County Park and Morristown National Historical Park. Its protection will enhance and expand the Patriots' Path trail system.

Stafford Farm. Photo: Ken Sherman

For generations, residents of Voorhees Township have cherished the sight of the trotters training on this farm, which was owned by the Stafford family for more than 225 years. TPL helped assemble funding from more than half a dozen public and private sources, and protected the property in 2004.

Parks for People, Newark

The Trust for Public Land partner with Congregation Ahavas Sholom, Newark's oldest operating synagogue, to transform Sussex Avenue Renew School's asphalt schoolyard into a safe and vibrant play space.

Turkey Swamp. Photo: Clark Jones

When combined with existing wildlife management lands and Turkey Swamp Park to the northeast, this 1,443-acre acquisition created 5,400 acres of protected open space.

Weehawken Reservoir, NJ

The densely populated communities of Weehawken and Union City will soon have a new park with a walking and running trail along the perimeter of this reservoir

Westecunk Creek, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey

In 2011 TPL conserved a 79-acre property adjacent to both the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and New Jersey state forest lands as an addition to the refuge, completing protection of the entire 260-acre Westecunk Creek property.