Hackensack Environmental Commission

Who We Are:

The Hackensack Environmental Commission consists of nine citizens of Hackensack who are charged with the duty recommendations to the Mayor and Council regarding open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control solid waste management, recycling programs, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance and protection of flora and fauna. To apply for a position on the Hackensack Environmental Commission, a Citizen Leadership Form must be completed and submitted to the City Clerk’s office. http://hackensack.org/Volunteer

Hackensack Community Garden:

Since its inception in 2018, the Commission has been working to create a community garden in Johnson Park. The creation of a community garden will beautify our growing urban environment, provide education and experiences to students of all ages, and connect our community through volunteerism.

Our goal for 2019 is to ensure members of our community can participate in the rewards of community gardening by providing open green space to plant their own annual fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. We welcome the support of the community - financial or in the form of materials, supplies, or sponsorship – as we prepare this space for planting. Volunteers are also needed to participate in the planning and preparation of the gardens. The Hackensack Department of Recreation will be responsible for registration. Click Here for Guidelines and Registration

The Greenhouse:

With the support of the Mayor and Council, the Commission is looking into the best options for restoring the greenhouse in Johnson Park to its original glory. The greenhouse is a tremendous opportunity for the people of Hackensack. It is the hope of the Commission that the greenhouse will soon be available for planting, educational programs, nutritional programs, and community gatherings. Anyone interested in helping with this project is invited to contact the Environmental Commission.

Pocket Park on American Legion Drive:

The Commission has identified an unused bit of open space on the corner of Prospect Avenue and American Legion Drive. The space is currently unused and it has the potential to be made into a lovely “Pocket Park” that could be enjoyed by all those in the neighborhood.

Resolution opposing the building of a new power station in the Meadowlands:

On the recommendation of the Environmental Commission, the Mayor and Council passed a resolution opposing the construction of the gas-powered North Bergen Liberty Generating Station. This resolution makes a strong statement that Hackensack values the air quality and water safety of our communities. 

Protection of Open Space near Borg’s Woods

We are investigating the best way to preserve the private land that abuts Borg’s Woods to the east. While the land is owned by residents, it may be in the best interests of our open space to purchase an easement on those lands to ensure that they are preserved in their natural, woodland state.


Contact Information:

City of Hackensack

Environmental Commission

65 Central Avenue

Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

Environmental Commission Chair Gary Terzano 201- 391-0619


Meetings are held at 7:00pm in City Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019