In the summer of 2009 the Borough of Park Ridge's Vision Committee engaged RPA to organize a community-wide visioning process focusing on the downtown. RPA's approach included comprehensive field work, background document review, and meetings and interviews with the Borough's broad based Vision Committee, Borough Planner and others in order to gain a firm understanding of the underlying factual basis and of the issues and challenges facing the downtown. RPA then organized a public design workshop on a Saturday in March of 2009. Attended by over 80 town residents and 12 design professionals, the workshop featured both large group discussion and smaller group exercises at breakout tables focusing on three topics: downtown streetscape, redevelopment opportunities and Pascack Brook greenway. The participants were asked to visually express their vision for each of the three focus areas and to discuss the potential pros and cons of each proposal. Design facilitators answered technical questions and helped the groups find innovative design solutions to the issues identified.
The resulting Vision Plan was adopted by Borough Council and will be incorporated into the Borough's Master Plan.
The 2.6 square mile Borough of Park Ridge is located in Northeastern Bergen County, has a population of 8,700 and is home to the world headquarters for Hertz and other prominent corporations. The downtown has rail service on NJ Transit's Pascack Valley line and includes portions of Park Avenue (County Road 92) and Kinderkamack Road (County Road 513) The small "L" shaped downtown is underperforming relative to the community's healthy demographics and in desperate need of revitalization.
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