Perth Amboy 2nd Street Park: Brownfields to Waterfront Park

artist's Rendering of SEcond Street Park.

The Perth Amboy Second Street site is situated across the street from the Robert N. Wilentz Elementary School between Patterson Street and the Raritan River waterfront. This empty space, situated at the western end of the Perth Amboy riverfront promenade that connects to many other city open space and recreation areas, is ideal for a new park, which will create open space and opportunities for programming and activities for the entire community.

The 6-acre parcel of land was the former site of the Harry S. Goldberg and Sons Scrap Metal Recycling property. It is a short walk from public transportation as it runs along the New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Rail Line and is close to the New Jersey Transit Bus lines running along Smith and Market Streets, which are both main corridors through Perth Amboy.

The City of Perth Amboy acquired the property to redevelop as recreational use for the community. The former owner and party responsible for the contamination, and his consultant, RTP Environmental Services, have completed environmental investigations. RTP is preparing reports and the cleanup plan.

The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) received a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to advise on environmental issues, perform additional site testing, if necessary, and plan the process for cleaning up the site.

The Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability is working collaboratively with the City of Perth Amboy and MCIA to gather feedback from the community on what they would like to see in the park and to deliver concept designs of what the park would look like based on the feedback from the community.