Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ

Concerns raised about tennis courts project in Hillsdale

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James Leggate, Pascack Valley Community Life

A project to build five tennis courts to be shared by Pascack Valley High School and the county has drawn concern from some Hillsdale residents about the impact on the nearby Sapienza Gardens.

Representatives from the county and school made an informal presentation to the Hillsdale Planning Board Oct. 8 after board members said they hadn’t been properly notified about the project. The work took down about 100 trees in the county-owned woods between the school’s sports fields and the borough-owned gardens, which are named in honor of former Pascack Valley principal Barbara Sapienza and are maintained by volunteers.

“Once it started, most people had no idea that the project was going on, and that prompted a lot of safety concern” Meredith Kates, the environmental commissioner and a member of the planning board, said.

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