Piscataway Ecological Park Moves Forward

Township Council Approves First Stage to Restore 75-Acre Site

Several old structures at the planned Piscataway Ecological Park are on their way to being torn down.  The Township Council has approved the engineering firm CME Associates to begin planning for the demolition project.

“Our commitment to open space is unparalleled,” Mayor Brian C. Wahler said.  “What has long been an eyesore and environmental hazard for Piscataway residents will be turned into natural park for all to enjoy.”

The resolution passed by the Township Council on Tuesday, December 19th calls for CME Associates to assess the 75-acre site, certify the soil erosion and sediment control, and bid for services for the needed work.  These steps will lead to the site’s many farming and housing buildings including a grain silo being razed.  Asbestos and lead-based paint will be cleared and aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) will be removed.

“The patience of my constituents has been extraordinary,” Ward 4 Councilwoman Michele Lombardi said.  “Despite the obstacles, our fortitude has paid off.  We will restore a large section of our Township to its natural state and continue to improve the quality of life in our community.”

Piscataway Ecological Park is located on the corner of Metlars Lane and South Washington Avenue.  Final demolition work is expected to be completed by Fall 2018.

While the layout of the park is still to be designed, Township officials envision walking paths as part of the park’s aesthetics.  “I plan to work with our landscape architect to move forward with the land becoming a beautiful, passive recreation facility that works for all of our residents,” Lombardi said.