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2nd Street park for brownfield redevelopment and stormwater management

Perth Amboy, NJ

2nd Street Park manages stormwater to improve water quality, is resilient to coastal flooding, and provides creative solutions to capping contaminated soils and activating underutilized sites.

Topics Covered

Coastal & Tidal Flooding
Stormwater Management
Redevelopment & Brownfields
Water Quality


Initial: 7.5 Million USD


State and local grants

General obligation bond

Revolving loan funds

Project Status

In Progress/Under Construction since 2017

Gov Champion

City of Perth Amboy, Perth Amboy Redevelopment Agency, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Problem Addressed

The City of Perth Amboy is located at the mouth of the Raritan River, where it meets the Raritan Bay in the New York Harbor.

In addition to dealing with the acute stresses of coastal flooding and sea level rise, the city also copes with the chronic stresses of water quality in the Raritan River due to a combined wastewater and stormwater system and an industrial legacy with several brownfield parcels, including the future 2nd Street Park site. While a brownfield, the site for the park is located in a residential area within an half mile of a regional transit station and is across the street from a public elementary school.

Solutions Used

The park transforms a now vacant and contaminated site into a public recreational and educational amenity.

The project incorporates creative remediation solutions to clean and cap contaminated soils on site: consolidating contaminated material and capping it with a skate park, providing a much-needed recreational space for area teens. The excavated areas will form a low lying, floodable coastal landscape, stabilized with plant communities adapted to coastal environments and able to withstand occasional flooding designed to manage stormwater on site in a 10 year rainfall event. The park will be a destination where residents and students from the adjacent elementary school can learn about stormwater management and coastal environments, while gaining access to valuable recreational amenities. Based on the design, the City of Perth Amboy is able to obtain funding in the form of 50% forgivable loans from NJ DEP for green stormwater solutions to areas under the chronic stresses of stormwater management and poor water quality.



Adds net permeable area to drainage area, and manages stormwater on site in a 10-year rainfall event


Relieves stress from current drainage system, thereby reducing the frequency with which a combined overflow occurs


Proposal is able to leverage and use state funds for remediation and green infrastructure implementation

Something Unique

Public park that synthesizes recreational need and remediation solutions with stormwater storage capacity and on-site management.

Who Should Consider

Small or medium sized municipalities facing water quality issues stemming from a combined wastewater and stormwater system. Coastal communities dealing with former industrial brownfield sites now left vacant.

Last Updated

May 23rd, 2018
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