Friday, April 26, 2013

Park Day-Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ

For Park Day we decided to write about a park we visit almost every weekend, Liberty State Park in Jersey City.  The park is only about five minutes from our home so its super convenient.   The park is about 1200 acres (big for a city park) and it was established in 1976.  Since its a fairly new park there are not many big trees, but there are plenty of big grassy fields and there are amazing views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty.  Most of the  park is on an old landfill from the New Jersey Rail Road, which is why you can see abandoned train cars.
This picture is from about four years ago.

There is also a section that is a marshland preserve, this part is mostly fenced of but you can see plenty of birds about the park.

You can take Ferry service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (although dogs are not allowed on Ellis Island or on the Ferry).

There are also a lot of monuments in the park including a tribute to those lost in September 11, a memorial to the holocaust, and flags for all of the countries in the United Nations, and the Bridge of Nations which is meant to symbolize the connection between Italy and America.

Unfortunately the park was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy and was closed for months.  Some parts of the park (including the section with the abandoned trains) are still fenced off.
Damage on a waterfront walkway

Here are our pictures from a recent walk in the park (remember a good section was  closed).



  1. Wow! What a great Park Day visit!!! We love this park. So sad what happened during the hurricane, I hope it all gets reopened soon. You guys wanna come find Sasha's pizza truck with me? I am hungry!

  2. Oh that looks like a really interesting park, and with such great views. Oh how I would love to visit New York! Very sorry about the hurricane damage. Several parts of my local park were closed over this past year 'cos of a big renovation project, but now they're almost all open again and I'm so happy.
    Toodle pip!

  3. Woof! Woof! WOW! Very lucky to have such a park in the city. It is big and very convenient indeed. Happy PARK Day! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  4. Despite the closed sections it look like a fabulous park. We hope all the damaged areas will be fixed up soon. Happy Park Day to you. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly.

  5. We agree with all the comments...thank you for taking us along on your park day...we love the paved walkways and your doggy pictures were great!!! We hope it gets fixed up even better, real soon!
    stella rose

  6. That looks like a great park to visit. I hope they get it cleaned up and back in shape soon!

    Boo that dogs aren't allowed on the ferries though. :-(

  7. That looks like a neat park. It's huge for a city park! I don't think we have anything that big in toronto. That sure is a lot of Canadian geese hanging at your park.

  8. What a beautiful park! Hopefully things will get fixed and all we be open again.
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  9. Great place to walk, love it!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  10. Cool drool park you have there. And that is a big gaggle of birdies. Happy Park Day!

  11. Great photos... but I esp love that first shot! Very cool!

  12. Get the spare room sorted cos wez all'z coming to live with you :) Fantastic photo's just love it xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  13. Hey! My Ma is from Bergen County and she remembers going to Liberty State Park all the time. In elementary school, they used to go on field trips there and take the ferry to Ellis Island. Totally cool! So sad to hear that it was so damaged during Sandy. I hope they can make it like new again.
    *high paws*

  14. If I ever get to visit New York you HAVE to be our tour guide!!! I would LOVE to get to go there!! I'm from Connecticut orginally but moved here about age 12 so I vivid memories of New York and the east coast and REAL snow but would LOVE to see it through the eyes of an adult!! So jealous! Hope they fix up your park soon! Great pix!!!

  15. Hello Hounds! Thank you all so much for joining in on Park Day...I think it's great that what was once a barren and yucky area has been turned into a lovely park that provides fresh air open space for so many...It's a shame that Sandy did so much damage...Hurricanes are hard to understand until you've been through them...I love the views of Lady Liberty and the skyline

  16. It is still a pretty park and you sure got some nice pictures. :)

  17. I see some kissable furry faces!!!
    The park was amazing.. all those birds were amazing too!

  18. That looks like such a great park. I would love to chase those birds!

  19. wow, I loves city parks! If ever I has occasions to be in New York/NJ I will check it out.


  20. Liberty State Park is lovely. I have enjoyed many strolls through it but I was never lucky enough to have my dogs accompany me. I do hope the damage can be repaired soon and you'll enjoy the whole park again!

  21. What an amazing park!

  22. What a beautiful park! look so handsome against the daffodil background.

  23. Great photos! It looks like you had the whole place all to yourself. We would love that. We've found in our area people are just too rude. They walk 2,3,4,5 wide and oncoming pedestrians can not pass by on the sidewalks or greenways.

    I can see why you like to go there. It looks like a great place to walk.

  24. Such a beautiful park with fantastic views! We live in South Louisiana, so we're a bit too accustomed to hurricane damage; but I promise that your beautiful park will come back completely from its Sandy damage . . . and you will love it more than ever!