Across from the Robert N. Wilentz Elementary School between Patterson Street and the Raritan River waterfront in Perth Amboy, NJ, Borinqueneer Park is a six-acre community park built on the site of a former scrap metal facility. With a site design modeled after the regional landscapes of the NY-NJ Harbor and informed by the input of over 300 local students through an eight-month engagement process in partnership with Rutgers University, the park is organized into three zones: a coastal landscape inspired by regional dune ecology, a flexible recreational park, and “play mountain”—an elevated play area including a skate park.
Throughout the park, features pay tribute to the riverfront legacy of Perth Amboy, creating opportunities for diverse programming and amenities for the entire community. Built largely on top of contaminated fill, the project also entails an extensive brownfield remediation process, integrating green infrastructure that reduces burden on the city’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system.
The park broke ground in 2021. Named by the Perth Amboy City Council, the park recognizes Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment (known as the Borinqueneers).
- City of Perth Amboy, New Jersey
New York Engineers
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ-DEP)