Central Green, Fort Lee’s newest public park and, according to Mayor Sokolich “….the nicest two acres in Bergen County!” is the result of the complete transformation of Fort Lee’s greatest eyesore, a brownfield redevelopment site that sat vacant for over 40 years.
Significant site development challenges and hurdles faced the Landscape Architect. Reclaimed rock from the construction of the towers were repurposed and artfully placed throughout the park to create a rolling landscape with lush planting, a cascading waterfall, and tranquil seating areas. Walkways sweep through the park, around the pond’s edge, and through the steep slopes and rock retaining walls that evoke the nearby Palisades. A restaurant, lounge, and outdoor dining terrace anchor the west end of the Central Green and overlook the pond and park.
Central to the park is the pond designed to collect and disperse the stormwater run-off from the Central Green as well as The Modern towers’ amenity roof decks (also designed by the L.A.). A custom bridge allows the parks visitors to pause and take respite from the surrounding urban fabric.
The Central Green is an outstanding example of creative and sustainable design strategies implemented to create a wonderful public park and green space for the residents of Fort Lee.