Project: Statehouse Park Environmental Impact Statement
Owner: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Client: Wallace Roberts and Todd (WRT)
Statehouse Park Environmental Impact Statement 1

New Jersey decided to diversify their park holdings by building two urban parks. Of the nearly 50 state parks in New Jersey only one was in an urban area, Liberty State Park. The area around the State House in Trenton, NJ was identified as one of the new locations. Trenton was selected for its rich history especially important during the Revolutionary War, existing concentration of educational and cultural facilities and proximity to the underutilized waterfront along the Delaware River. The master plan The Capital Park vision prepared by WRT is based on five themes that are identified as key to Re-casting Trenton: Government, Environment, Industry, History and Infrastructure. The park vision created a multi-phase master plan.

Statehouse Park Environmental Impact Statement 2 Rowbear Consulting, PC prepared the Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to Executive Order 215 for Phase 1 of the Park. Phase I consists of a common area located behind the state house and the Pettys Run area which is adjacent to the Old Barracks Museum. The Old Barracks housed the Hessian Army defeated by George Washington�s Continental Army after he made his daring night crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776. The Battle of Trenton, as it is now known, was the turning point in the Revolutionary War and is one of the most its most celebrated battles.

The EIS focused heavily upon the potential Impact to the important historic features in the project area as well as the social and economic impact to local businesses and residents created by converting surface parking into a park area. Construction on the park began in 2008 and will be completed in 2011.

One of the most visible parts of the park will be the creation of an outdoor archeological exhibit that traces Trenton�s Industrial history from the 1700�s right through to today. The park is also part of the overall vision of city and state planners to reclaim the Delaware River waterfront that converts a freeway back into a modern urban street to revitalize downtown Trenton and attract businesses, shops and residents.

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