Hudson County Sierra Club—in conjunction with the Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance—recently took about 25 people on a nature walk through the Reservoir in the JC Heights. The Reservoir is a partially-finished park that more people should know about.
It was a beautiful late summer day, when we hiked the perimeter, along the top, looking down at the shimmering lake below. We admired the trees, plants and wildlife that have replenished the area after it was abandoned in the 1980s. We chatted with the fishermen along the shore and saw one young man catch a large catfish.
The Reservoir was awesome, a unique wild space in the middle of Jersey City. One of the goals of Hudson County Sierra Club is to promote green spaces like this—and there are many—to serve as a balance to the hectic realities that come with living in an urban area. We urge everyone to check out this magic place
The Reservoir needs work: there are three decrepit buildings that need renovation. One of them, when repaired, will serve as an Education Center, which will make the Reservoir even more valuable as a resource for young people. We are thrilled that JC municipal government is helping out
But we are also disappointed that the students from PS #28 can no longer use the site as a laboratory for their science experiments. Last time Sierra Club organized a nature walk at the Reservoir, in 2017, we were greeted by these middle school students, who showed us their projects on-site. For the past two years, though, the students have not been allowed to use the Reservoir. This is very short sighted: these students have already won a number of national awards for their efforts over the past few years. It is important that the Board of Education find a way to resume this program.
The JC Reservoir is open to the public, for walking and for fishing. Sierra Club will be back again in the spring for another nature walk. But don’t wait to go visit this wonderful space.
Program Chair, Hudson County Sierra Club