Waterfront milestone achieved

Pershing Park in Weehawken wins NJBIA ‘New Good Neighbor’ award

Pershing Park, Roseland’s $9.5 million linear waterfront park and recreational facility in the Port Imperial development in Weehawken, has been honored by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and New Jersey Business magazine.

NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka and NJBIA Board of Trustees Chairman Matt Wright presented the special award to Carl Goldberg, co-founder of Roseland Residential Trust, during the 56th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards reception on July 15.

“NJBIA’s New Good Neighbor Awards celebrate the good things businesses do for this state and honor the best of the best,” Siekerka said. “The companies whose hard work and vision created these award-winning projects truly are New Good Neighbors because they invest in their communities, create jobs, and provide valuable products and services.”

Pershing Park, which spans three-quarters of a mile along the Hudson River, complements an earlier-completed 11-acre athletic park featuring football and soccer fields, a baseball diamond, fitness course, track, playgrounds and tennis courts in the southern section of Port Imperial. Pershing Park itself features passive and active recreation, including open lawns and sitting areas with a fountain, a 1,800-square-foot dog park, and a small amphitheater for local events.

In addition, a 1-acre section of Pershing Park features a Sept. 11, 2001 memorial honoring the five Weehawken residents who died in the World Trade Center attacks and commemorating the landing spot where ferries from Manhattan brought 9/11 survivors to safety in Weehawken.

A milestone achieved

Pershing Park’s completion marks a milestone in the overall Port Imperial development, which has been evolving for the past 20 years. The development consists of 2,350 approved housing units and commercial spaces, plus new transportation infrastructure.

The park was designed by architect Melillo+Bauer Associates, of Brielle, and the primary builder was Belle Associates, of Fairfield. Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner nominated the project for the NJBIA award.

Presented by NJBIA and New Jersey Business magazine, the “New Good Neighbor Awards” annually recognize the best and most exciting renovations, expansions and new developments in the state. Fourteen winners were chosen this year by an independent panel of judges based on economic benefit and job creation, architectural merit and community involvement.

“This year, 25 projects that comprised $527 million in development investments were nominated for New Good Neighbor Awards,” Siekerka said. “Collectively, these projects provided 3,200 construction jobs and created 3,121 full-time and part-time jobs. All of the projects played an important role in keeping New Jersey’s economy moving forward.”

With 20,000 members, NJBIA is the nation’s largest state-level employers association. New Jersey Business magazine is NJBIA’s flagship publication.

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