Description & History

The Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance incorporated in 2005 by a few concerned citizens. We have since been working to save the Reservoir’s lake, meadow, and woods from destruction and misuse. The JCRPA is an entirely volunteer-run organization with a working board: we have no paid employees. 

​Our mission is to preserve the historic structures and natural resources of Jersey City Reservoir #3, establish the site as a public park and wildlife sanctuary, and promote educational and recreational opportunities at the Reservoir.

Specifically, we work to: 

  • Preserve the circa 1874 Egyptian Revival stone walls and three related structures of Reservoir #3

  • Establish the entire Reservoir #3 site, (bounded by Central, Jefferson, Summit Avenues, and Pershing Field Park,) as a public historic and nature park, botanical sanctuary, and wildlife habitat

  • Protect the lake, woods, meadows, and the entire Reservoir site from new building construction, or any use inconsistent with a passive recreation park

  • Work for recognition of the site by local, state, and federal agencies

  • Develop appropriate re-use of the existing structures, such as a visitor and nature education center, meeting place, and boathouse

  • Develop passive non-commercial recreation with trails, lookouts, and other spaces.

  • Establish and promote educational and recreational events and programs including boating, fishing, art, senior events, gardening, cleanups, historic preservation, ecology programs, and wilderness programs

  • Educate the public regarding the Reservoir’s historical, cultural, aesthetic and environmental merits through tours, events, and communication media

  • Secure public and private support for developing and maintaining the Reservoir as a historic site and open space resource for the public

​The Alliance watches over the Reservoir – conducting tours, running school programs, boating and nature events, caretaking wildlife and cleaning up the site, and working with government.

About the organization

Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance

Sarah Burroughs
Board Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator
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