Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announced that the County of Bergen has partnered with the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) to develop the first comprehensive master plan for the Bergen County Parks system. The first stage of this work commenced over the summer, as CUES professors and students began creating a baseline inventory and analysis of current properties within the County Parks System. As this project progresses, the County will seek input from stakeholders and county residents through a variety of interactive engagement opportunities. The final Master Plan will be presented to the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, who will vote to determine whether the plan will be formally adopted by the county.
The Bergen County Parks System, established in the late 1940s, currently encompasses almost 10,000 acres within New Jersey’s most populous county. With today’s development trends and a changing and growing population, it is imperative that county and community leaders understand and evaluate the recreational and open space needs of Bergen’s nearly one million residents. This partnership between Bergen County’s Department of Parks and Rutgers, New Jersey’s flagship university, seeks to create greater understanding of current needs while anticipating future needs and providing structure to guide the growth of the Bergen County Parks system in a manner that best addresses the long term recreation and open space needs of county residents.