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Sept. 15 Community Meeting Will Focus Reopening of Downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek

For Immediate ReleaseNews-release-graphic100px: Sept., 11, 2014
Contact: Nick Dickerson   (ndickersonatnjfuturedotorg)  , 609-393-0008, ext. 109

SEPT. 15 COMMUNITY MEETING WILL FOCUS ON
REOPENING OF DOWNTOWN TRENTON’S ASSUNPINK CREEK

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Trenton are preparing to present their plans to restore the Assunpink Creek at a Sept. 15 meeting at Thomas Edison State College.

TRENTON– New Jersey Future is facilitating a community meeting on Monday, Sept. 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Edison State College to solicit feedback and showcase the efforts to demolish a decades-old concrete culvert and restore a section of downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek to a more natural setting. Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Trenton will present the most recent engineering plans and landscape designs for the creek restoration. The meeting will also include a discussion of the other initiatives currently planned or underway along the Assunpink Creek, with ample time for questions and answers. Weather permitting; a walking tour of the site is planned following the meeting.  Appropriate dinner-time refreshments will be served.

Downtown Trenton will finally reclaim the Assunpink Creek, a vital piece of the city’s historical and natural character, after a decade of studies, plans and immeasurable red tape. This project will create new public park land, remove an unsafe and deteriorating structure and establish a new, nature-based centerpiece for the downtown. More than 40 years ago the Assunpink Creek, a natural waterway that begins in Monmouth County, was diverted into a concrete tube – a culvert – between S. Broad Street and S. Warren Street in downtown Trenton, and buried underground. The action of burying the creek caused significant ecological harm and disregarded the creek’s historical and cultural importance. Today, the only visual evidence that something exists below ground there are gaping concrete holes in the top of the culvert and an unsightly chain-link fence.

“The Assunpink restoration project will help revitalize our downtown,” said Trenton mayor Eric Jackson. “It will be a catalyst for redevelopment and an amenity for all Trenton residents and people who come here to work.”

The additional outreach efforts around this project were made possible by a grant from Wells Fargo/National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. “It is important that such a transformational project have the input and support from the resident and business communities”, said Peter Kasabach, executive director for New Jersey Future. “Community involvement will not only make for a better project, but will help create new linkages for new spin-off ideas and projects.”

To learn more about the initiatives taking place along downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek, visit www.njfuture.org/assunpink

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