Berry Lane Park
Jersey City, NJ
In 2008 Marvel Architects designed the master plan to transform 17 acres of vacant and underused industrial and commercial property into a vibrant new urban park for the Lafayette neighborhood in Jersey City, NJ. The park begins at the foot of Berry Lane and continues south to the Bergen-Hudson Light Rail System. The former Morris Canal, which is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and the Historic American Engineering Record, runs the entire length of the site, and is reactivated with a series of recreational programs including tennis and basketball courts, a playground, a fitness area, and a spray park. A series of bike and pedestrian pathways weave throughout the park, connecting neighborhoods. Multiple athletic fields and a skateboard park will serve local athletics, and a series of informal spaces will accommodate gatherings, concerts, markets, food trucks, and community activities. Through the efforts and leadership of Dresdner Robin Landscape Architects and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, the park is presently under construction.
Currently Marvel Architects is in designing a concessions pavilion for the center of the park. This modest building embodies and celebrates the site’s past as the Historic Morris Canal, a compelling marker on the Morris Canal Greenway linear park which runs through Berry Lane Park. The materiality and general appearance of the structure are inspired by the materials that were historically moved along the canal – coal and iron ore. The Pavilion will house restrooms, changing rooms, park administration offices, exterior shaded space, and a food concession. Its site includes a bosque of trees with tables, and a great seeded lawn. The building is being designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.
See progress on Berry Lane Park with Jersey City Redevelopment Agency’s Work Zone Cam