BAYONNE, NJ - A recently approved resolution by the Bayonne City Council will help pave the way for a new waterfront walkway on the western edge of the city. 

“The City has been committed to seeing a public walkway that stretches from the Rutkowski Park all the way to Brady’s Dock on 1st Street.” Mayor Jimmy Davis told TAPinto Bayonne.  

The council action taken at their September 25 meeting awarded a contract to Persistent Construction for the development of the walkway along the stretch that runs from Don Ahern Veteran’s Memorial Stadium south towards 23rd Street.

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The project will be funded partially by $1.8 million grant the city received as part of the 2015 settlement with Exxon.

“The NJ DEP has been very helpful to Bayonne as we look to improve access to our waterfront,” Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski said, expressing her pride in being able to advance the measure. “We continue to look forward to future awards of grant money from the ONRR program as they begin to distribute the Exxon settlement funds.”

“The basis for the Exxon settlement was environmental damages suffered in both Bayonne and Elizabeth, and we look forward to using a portion of those funds to restore habitats and waterfront access in the City as partial mitigation for the years of environmental injustice incurred by the City’s residents,” Davis added.

“It’s very important that we continue to revitalize parks and create open spaces for our residents,” Davis offered pointing to other initiatives including improvements and upgrades to Collins and Desena parks and the resurfacing of Vet’s Stadium during his time in office.