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Jersey City Past and Present: Washington Park

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Washington Park

Volunteer efforts to improve and maintain Washington Park
Credit: Washington Park Association of Hudson County, Inc. Facebook Page

Washington Park

Archival photograph of Washington Park circa 1950
Credit: Washington Park Association of Hudson County, Inc. Facebook Page

Location: Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park
Jersey City Heights, Central Avenue and Paterson Plank Road
Jersey City Heights

Washington Park is set atop the New Jersey Palisades at the north border of Jersey City. It has the distinction of being the only park that serves two adjacent municipalities--Union City and Jersey City. The 22-acre park is part of the Hudson County Park system and is located between Union City, which leases a section of the park, and Jersey City on Paterson Plank Road and North Street.

The park was created out of property held in trust for members of the wealthy Suckley family of New York. Over the years, the site was used mostly as grounds for carnivals, circuses, and Wild West shows. In the early 1900's the civic-minded Allen family of Jersey City became the leaders of a campaign to expand the county's system of parks by purchasing large tracts of undeveloped land such as the Suckley Estate and Curries Woods which straddled the municipal boundaries of different Hudson County municipalities. Today's park largely reflects the features and design laid out during the 1930's under the Works Progress Administration.

The park offers residents of both communities a variety of recreational opportunities with sports fields for baseball, tennis, racquetball, basketball and soccer as well as a children's playground, a picnic grove and gazebos for leisure activities.

Click here to read J.J. Shamburg's detailed history of Washington Park and the Suckley and Allen families on the website of the Washington Park Association of Hudson County, NJ.

Washington Park - References

Shamburg, J. J. "Dr. Ulamor Allen and the Fight for Washington Park." Jersey Journal. 11 December 1980.
Washington Park Association:  http://www.wpanj.org