Berry Lane Park is the largest City owned park at over 17 acres and is the first new park in Jersey City 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 for the City. The park opened in June 2016. Final buildout will include an 11,000 SF skatepark and a concession building. 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 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 2017 NJ ASLA Merit Award for Site Design, the EPA Phoenix Award in 2017, and a Northern NJ Urban Land Institute Excellence Award for Sustainable Open Space Design, also in 2017. The project was completed in phases, as funding became available through various sources. Dresdner Robin provided engineering service from 2008 through 2016.