On November 10, the City of Hackensack broke ground on Atlantic Street Park, a $617,085 project that was partially funded by a $268,085 Open Space Grant from Bergen County, in partnership with DMR Architects, The Upper Main Street Alliance and Boswell Engineering.
This transformation of an under-utilized municipal parking lot into an urban park and small amphitheater is part of Hackensack's downtown urban design, planning and redevelopment initiative to provide a modern, lively, downtown atmosphere found in other, competing downtown housing markets.
"Every iconic city has an open space that serves as the heart of the community," Mayor John P. Labrosse, Jr. said. "Atlantic Street Park is the beginning of a comprehensive approach to creating a welcoming community and a vibrant economy."
The park will include an amphitheater for outdoor performances, grass areas, trellises, seat-walls, benches and street trees and lights that define the perimeter of the park along Warren, Atlantic and State Streets.
"We expect people will enjoy it as a place to eat their lunch, take a stroll in the evening, enjoy a show or concert, and many other cultural events that the City is not equipped to host at this time," Jerome Lombardo, Chairman of the Board for the Upper Main Street Alliance said. "Eventually, the park will serve as a connector between the City's new cultural arts center and a fully revitalized Main Street."
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