Riverview-Fisk Park officially reopens

$2 million renovation includes new water feature, renovated bocce ball court and historic monuments

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Mayor Steven Fulop and his son Jaxon at Riverview-Fisk Park's new water feature. Photo by Jen Brown.
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Local officials cut the ribbon to official reopen Riverview-Fisk Park which underwent renovations over the past year. Photo By Jen Brown.
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Mayor Steven Fulop and his son Jaxon at Riverview-Fisk Park's new water feature. Photo by Jen Brown.
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Local officials cut the ribbon to official reopen Riverview-Fisk Park which underwent renovations over the past year. Photo By Jen Brown.

Riverview-Fisk Park in Jersey City Heights has officially re-opened after a $2.1 million renovation was completed this month.

Working with the community, including the Riverview Neighborhood Association, to understand residents’ needs, the improvements include modernized infrastructure, restoration of the park’s historic elements, tree canopy preservation and expansion, and additional recreation features for kids of all ages.

“Especially in times like these with the pandemic over the last year, we realize now more than ever how important parks and open space are for a city,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “This is why we continue to invest in improvements to parks citywide.”

Upgrades galore

Construction on the park, at Palisade Avenue and Bower’s Street, began in February 2020 and was equally funded through Hudson County Open Space and municipal dollars.

The renovations included tree pruning and planting of 89 new trees, shrub and perennial plantings, a new irrigation system, a newly rebuilt bocce court, shade structures, a community bulletin board, steel fencing, benches, new light fixtures, and a new multi-purpose plaza with a central water fountain.

To complement the park’s views overlooking the New York City skyline, Jersey City restored several historic monuments, including the gilded concrete sculptural bust of Henry Hudson, dedicated to the park in 1917.

A cast bronze eagle sculpture and a Theodore Conrad Dedication Plaque were cleaned and refinished.

“Planning and discussions with the city about the park began about five years ago,” said RNA President Jocelyn Patrick. “RNA presented a basic plan to the community to get feedback and input, and priorities were then decided on. We thank the Jersey City Division of Architecture and Engineering, the City of Jersey City, and Mayor Fulop for their hard work and cooperation regarding this beautiful renovation, and we look forward to future projects planned for the park.”

As part of the renovation, the city removed a concrete water fixture that hadn’t worked for decades and replaced it with an additional grassy area for recreation.

But the park is not without a water fixture; the city installed a frost-proof ornamental water fountain that serves as a centerpiece of the park.

A circular pathway was paved to improve access to the weekly Farmers Market that takes place from May 2 through November 21.

Infrastructure upgrades include an improved irrigation system and electrical system. Stemming from the successful addition of splash pads at various other parks citywide, a new spray park was installed for the city’s youth to use in warmer weather.

Underground upgrades include new foundations, conduit, drainage lines, stormwater absorption, and site grading, as well as the installation of a new water service line composed of meters, backflow preventers, ground hydrants, and an irrigation system.

“The Jersey City Parks Coalition is pleased to see the completion of the renovation in Riverview-Fisk Park,” said Board Member of the Jersey City Parks Coalition Roger Heitmann. “Five years of focused discussions and planning involving the city, as well as community outreach through the Riverview Neighborhood Association, yielded a park ready for the 21st century with new infrastructure and park features. We thank the City of Jersey City and Mayor Fulop, and we look forward to future park projects.”

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