Little can compare with an unobstructed, breathtaking view of Manhattan across the Hudson River – except for space that enhances the “joy” of enjoying the view. Roseland, a Mack-Cali company, recognized that, and has completed Pershing Park, the second park and recreational facility that is part of the company’s Port Imperial development in Weehawken.
The three-acre, $9.5-million linear park spans over three-quarters of a mile along the Hudson River, complementing the earlier-completed 11-acre athletic park of football and soccer fields, a baseball diamond, fitness course and quarter-mile track, playground areas and three tennis courts in the southern section of Port Imperial.
The linear park is comprised of four separate recreation areas, each connected by a waterfront walkway, offering both passive and active recreation for all Weehawken residents.
Pershing Park features three-quarters of an acre of open lawn with sitting areas, a fountain, a 1,800-square-foot dog park, and a small amphitheater for local events. A second, one-acre section features a September 11, 2001 memorial honoring the five Weehawken residents who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center and commemorating the landing spot where survivors of the attacks were brought by ferry from Manhattan. This contemplative space features extensive landscaping and seating and is anchored by two striking, 110-ton steel trident structures that were recovered from, and are reminiscent, of the Twin Towers.
The third and fourth sections of the park offer passive and active recreation, respectively. One offers a seating and congregating area, while the other features two children’s playgrounds.
The park’s completion marks a milestone in the overall Port Imperial development, which has been taking place for the last 20 years. The development consists of 2,350 approved new housing units and commercial spaces, plus new transportation infrastructure. It is the latest in a long line of projects that Roseland has undertaken in concert with Weehawken to demonstrate it is, truly, a “good neighbor.”
Melillo + Bauer
Belle Associates, LLC
Richard F. Turner
Township of Weehawken