Case Study

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The Trust for Public Land – Sussex Avenue School, Newark, NJ

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) joined with Congregation Ahavas Sholom to transform Sussex Avenue School’s asphalt schoolyard into a safe and vibrant playground for the children at the school. The site is part of a public elementary school located in the City of Newark, New Jersey.


Prior to the inception of this project, the schoolyard consisted of a vacant asphalt surface. During the preliminary stages of the project, JM Sorge, Inc. (JMS) identified the possibility that historic urban fill material, including buried remnants of former structures and abandoned utilities, may exist from former dwellings in this area. The area was explored and historic fill material was identified. To address the historic fill material, an engineering control (a cap) consistent with the requirements for a Presumptive Remedy was incorporated into the project design and construction.


Using this information, JMS worked with TPL and their landscape architect to develop a remedial approach that would be consistent with the development goals, minimize remediation costs, and meet all health and safety requirements required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Working with the TPL contractors, JMS completely covered the contaminated fill to ensure that the school children would have a clean and safe playground.

JMS was proud to be a member of the team that developed this playground. Sussex Avenue Schoolyard is now available for use by the children in this Newark community.

JMS has completed numerous projects with TPL and their land conservation partners in NJ to help provide communities with recreational areas and open space. We are currently working with TPL on improving on another asphalt schoolyard in Newark.

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