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The State of New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, making our preserved parkland more vital than ever. Yet the Township of Edison is voting on giving away one of our preserved regional resources to benefit a private developer. If allowed to do so, this giveaway will set a horrible precedent – potentially placing every State-preserved site in New Jersey at risk.

A private developer is proposing to pave over ecologically sensitive wetlands and bulldoze woods in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area at the end of Alexis Lane in Edison. The property is land-locked and the land leading to the property is preserved as state-protected land – as designated by the State’s Green Acres program for protecting our little remaining open space forever.

If the Edison Council and Green Acres approves this project, it will significantly increase traffic and parking problems in neighboring residential developments, vastly expand serious flooding for neighboring families, risk danger to children who play in the area, and destroy the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, which provides our crowded region’s only nature trails and significant wildlife habitat. Sign our petition to tell Edison’s Administration and Council to VOTE NO on giving away our preserved parkland and building in the Dismal Swamp.

Known as the “Everglades of Central Jersey,” the 1,240-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area is the largest natural area remaining in northern Middlesex County, spanning portions of Edison, Metuchen and South Plainfield. The Dismal Swamp is home to over 175 species of birds, and two dozen species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, as well as a dozen threatened and endangered species, such as the American bittern, bald eagle, American beaver, and spotted turtle.

Don’t give our preserved parkland to politically connected developers!

Letter to
Edison Council Member Sudhanshu Prasad
Edison Council Member Alvaro Gomez
Mayor of Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano
and 4 others
Edison Council Member Wayne Mascola
Edison Council Member Thomas Lankey
Edison Council Member Robert Diehl
Edison Council Member Robert Karabinchak
I am writing to request that you vote AGAINST giving away our preserved parkland to a private developer. I ask that you show leadership and find a comparable 3 acre piece of township-owned land for the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall to be built on so that the Visco property can be designated as open space.

Edison has hundreds of acres of abandoned lots and underutilized land that would be ideal for redevelopment. Consider using those pieces of land instead of destroying parkland in the Dismal Swamp. A land swap would be the perfect solution for this long standing problem and would be a win-win for everyone involved.

In such a densely populated area, this land was protected by state taxpayers because of its importance in flood control, wildlife habitat, environmental education, and improving the quality of life for thousands of nearby families. To instead give that land away to a private developer would set a horrible precedent for all the incredible natural acres that New Jersey voters have protected through Green Acres for the past 50 years.

All less destructive alternatives should be considered before building is allowed in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area. You have the vote and we will hold you responsible. I urge you to vote in favor of the families of Edison and Middlesex County, find a better location for this hall, and help protect the Dismal Swamp!