New Jersey Parks Get Partially Privatized

A new plan from Governor Christie involves the state retaining control over the parks but contract with non-profit and business partners for services.

Last year, Gov. Christie launched a privatization task force, and they recommended the state parks as a clear option.

According to reporter Matt Katz, "The change could decrease public access, giving private entities power to prioritize corporation rentals over the desire of weekend visitors to use facilities, according to critics of the plan. Restaurants, stores, and water parks could open in parks, they said."

Needless to say, environmentalists and others are not happy with the plan, which will launch first as a test in Wharton State Forest.

Full Story: Christie rolls out plan to privatize parks

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month
DVD Cover of The Story of Sprawl

The Story of Sprawl

See how America changed shape in this collection of historic films that visually document how sprawl evolved.
$29.99 for 2-DVD SET

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $50.
$369 includes free shipping!