At over 17 acres, Berry Lane Park is the largest and the first new park in Jersey City, NJ in over 50 years. Comprised of former rail and industrial operations, the site was redeveloped into a vibrant park providing both active and passive recreation. The design of the park was developed through an in-depth community outreach program to incorporate the communities needs as well as the city’s needs for athletic fields. The design focused on sustainability, creating two underground detention basins, hidden beneath athletic courts and fields, which capture and infiltrate storm water from the paved park surfaces. A series of rain gardens along the eastern edge filter run off while providing open green space.
Dresdner Robin provided environmental services for the park remediation and acted as the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP). Services included remedial investigations, remedial action design, and remedial action oversight. Environmental remediation required excavation and offsite disposal of 49,000 tons of hexavalent chromium contaminated soil and 9,000 tons of PCB-impacted soil. An EPA compliant cap was constructed over the remaining PCB contaminated area.
The park received a NJ ASLA Merit Award for Site Design, the EPA Phoenix Award, and a Northern NJ Urban Land Institute Excellence Award for Sustainable Open Space Design.