Voting open for Jersey City participatory budget program

Residents can vote on how $50,000 will be spent in each ward

All six wards have a number of programs and initiatives to vote on.

Jersey City has opened the voting period for their new participatory budget program, where residents can vote on how $50,000 in each ward can be allocated.

Initially announced back in March as a pilot program, the city is putting up $300,000 for projects and initiatives that have been pitched by residents. For the ward that a resident lives in, they can vote on how to allocate $50,000 for a number of proposed projects.

In Ward A, which covers Greenville and Communipaw, the options include:

  • Resurface the McGovern Park tennis court: $50,000
  • Saturday Night Dinner and Dancing for Seniors: $35,000
  • Replacing the Bayside Park water fountain: $8,000
  • Putting up holiday lights in Columbia Park for $10,0000
  • Family literacy, writing and computer workshops: $50,000
  • Outdoor jazz concert at Mary McLeod Bethune Park: $10,000
  • Trash and litter cleanup and campaigns: $50,000
  • Martiniak Enright Park improvements: $10,000

In Ward B, the West Side, the options include:

  • Trash and litter cleanup and campaigns: $50,000
  • Flower garden in Audubon Park: $10,000
  • Sports and recreational equipment: $10,000
  • Story and study time at West Bergen Library: $50,000
  • Bike racks along West Side Avenue: $15,000
  • Curbside bump-out along West Side Avenue: $50,000
  • Trees along West Side Avenue: $50,000

In Ward C, which consists of Journal Square and Pershing Field, the options are:

  • Mental health outreach program and resource navigator: $50,000
  • Community crosswalk murals: $20,000
  • Crossing guard at Sip and Summit: $25,000
  • Trash and litter cleanup and campaigns: $50,000
  • Street safety campaign: $20,000
  • Trees along Newark Ave and other locations: $50,000
  • Water fountains at Pershing Field and Sgt. Anthony Park: $25,000
  • Monthly Festival in Pershing Field: $50,000
  • Children swimming lessons at Pershing Field Pool: $20,000
  • After school library program: $50,000

In Ward D, which consists of the Heights and the area north of the Holland Tunnel, the options are:

  • Tree planting in the Heights: $50,000
  • Basketball court improvements at Riverview Fisk Park: $5,000
  • Fitness equipment in senior centers: $10,000
  • Playground improvement for children with special needs: $50,000
  • Sober pop-up bars: $12,000
  • More signs for navigation to parks: $10,000
  • Monthly day trip for Connors Center seniors: $15,000
  • Exercise equipment in Leonard Gordon Park: $15,000
  • Banner poles around the Heights: $30,000
  • Bus shelter at Palisade and Congress Street: $5,000
  • Trash and litter cleanup and campaigns: $50,000
  • Safety classes for women and children: $30,000

In Ward E, which consists of Downtown, the following options are:

  • Water fountains at J Owen Grundy Park: $5,000
  • Portable toilets in Hamilton Park: $50,000
  • New flagpole at Exchange Place: $1,000
  • Playground improvements on Merseles Street behind Firehouse 5: $15,000
  • Environmental classes in Mary Benson Park: $5,000
  • Benches along Montgomery Street: $10,000
  • Get to Know Your Neighbor Festival in Pedestrian Plaza: $12,000
  • Pickup soccer in Enos Jones Park: $1,000
  • Trash and litter cleanup and campaigns: $50,000
  • Planters at crosswalks over Downtown: $30,000
  • Street safety campaign: $20,000
  • Art programs and workshops in Pedestrian Plaza: $20,000

In Ward F, which consists of Bergen-Lafayette and the south part of Downtown, the options are:

  • Water fountain upgrades at Ercel F Webb Park (Lafayette Park): $5,000
  • Small Business Internship Program: $30,000
  • Environmental Classes and Demonstrations: $5,000
  • Martial arts classes in parks: $5,000
  • Trash and litter cleanup and campaigns: $50,000
  • Plant trees: $30,000
  • Big Brother, Big Sister Program: $20,000
  • Park improvements on Grand St, between Jersey Ave. and Monmouth St.: $10,000
  • Financial literacy and sewing classes: $10,000

Voting is open from June 6 to 13. For links to the voting pages, go to www.jerseycitynj.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6189744&pageId=18377825.

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