The state Department of Environmental Protection has set 6 p.m. Oct. 20 as the time and date for the public hearing on its proposed plan for 234 acres of currently fenced-off land in Liberty State Park.
The hearing will be conducted virtually. Anyone wishing to attend must register by Oct. 15 by going to njdepcalendar.com/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=654.
Registrants will receive more details and a link to the virtual meeting.
Designers who have been working on a proposal for the land, known as the park’s “interior,” are at the 30 percent complete mark, triggering the need for the hearing. There, the DEP will present the preliminary design proposal, and attendees will be able to submit comments and ask questions. The DEP will also accept comments via an online survey.
In a news briefing last month, DEP officials gave a broad overview of its plan to remediate the contamination that exists in the interior and restore its wetlands with passive recreation and trails to improve access to the park.
The plan has already generated heated debate over the extent of contamination cleanup envisioned and the design.
Once the public comment period ends, the DEP will be tasked with deciding the next steps.