The Friends, is an all-volunteer, Officially
Recognized Friends Organization of the NJ Division of Parks and
Forestry. We celebrated our 20th birthday in the Spring of 2008 with
many accomplishments and much positive work ahead as a grassroots open
space park organization dedicated to Liberty State Park which turned 30
on June 14, 2006.
Since 1988, we've been engaged in many issues and projects with the
free and green park vision and persisted in our mission of advocating
for, protecting, beautifying and promoting this urban state park. The
park is a sacred and uplifting NJ and American public space, due to its
views of Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, the Manhattan skyline and the
harbor, and also due to the parks role as an invaluable urban
waterfront, green oasis in a densely populated urban region. People of
all ages and cultural backgrounds come to enjoy the park for many free
uses. Liberty State Park is a special recreational, natural, historical,
educational and cultural public resource.
LSP has its special views, open spaces, Grove of Remembrance,
waterfront Liberty Walk, CRRNJ Terminal, Interpretive (nature) Center,
natural area Interior, and Liberty Science Center.
The Friends has strongly encouraged public participation in
decision-making on LSP's future, to help create a park for the ages for
all to enjoy. The overwhelming and clear public consensus for a free
park behind Lady Liberty, the worlds greatest symbol of democracy and
freedom, has prevailed and the parks direction is now set. Its future is
assured as one of the finest and most important urban parks in the
world. The Friends played a leading role with citizens and statewide
organizations to defeat major commercialization/privatization plans such
as the golf course and commercial waterpark.
In 2003, the NJDEP listened to a grassroots statewide Coalition led by
The Friends and our close ally the LSP Conservancy, and terminated LSPs
private Development Corp., the unpopular source of many negative and
wasteful battles. Its abolition signaled the start of a new era of
cooperation between the public and the NJDEP.
We spearheaded the establishment of the state's largest playground in
this family park and also the creation of the parks shuttle bus system
which connects to the LSP Light Rail Station. We sponsor a Spring clean
up of the salt marsh and hold November history programs. We have funded
various gifts including trees and flowers, historical signs, binoculars,
and a digital camera. We co-sponsor festivals at the Interpretive Center
and Train Terminal. Our Garden Program has many volunteers regularly
planting and taking care of LSPs flower beds and trees.
As a member of the LSP Public Advisory Committee, (formerly the
Interdisciplinary Planning Committee), we have strongly supported the
plan for a 250 acre Interior natural area. It will include nature
trails; a 100 acre forest and tall grass habitat; freshwater wetlands; a
salt marsh re-created by a channel entering from the Hudson River; and
an open space perimeter. The Interior, the nation's largest urban nature
restoration project, will make LSP an even more amazing state park. Interior
Please join us in helping Liberty State Park continue to blossom into an
inspiring and special park.