The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is raising public awareness on a development threat to the Palisades National Natural Landmark with a 6K (3.7 mile) trail run and walk Saturday, May 4, in partnership with the Palisades Parks Conservancy and Escape to the Palisades. All net proceeds from the trail run / hike will be donated to the Protect the Palisades coalition that is fighting the height of the proposed LG corporate headquarters slated to be built atop the Palisades.
You can help us protect the Palisades and make your voice heard by signing up now for the Escape to the Palisades Trail Run/Walk. If built, the planned143-foot tall LG Electronics headquarters structure would drastically diminish the scenic beauty of this National Natural and Historic Landmark and open the floodgates to more high rise towers along the Palisades.
For more than a century, a bi-state pact, ratified by the U.S. Congress, prevented quarry companies from destroying the scenic Palisades cliffs. The Palisades soon became the Palisades Interstate Park and a National Historic and Natural Landmark. The Trail Conference got involved creating trails at the top and bottom of the cliffs, which we still maintain today.
Since that time, a tradition of not building above the tree line along the Palisades has been respected, until now. A century of good stewardship ended when LG Electronics was given the green light to build a 143-foot tall tower, more than quadrupling the 35-foot zoning limitation.
The Trail Conference, together with fellow members of the Protect the Palisades Coalition, is fighting to raise public awareness and encourage LG to amend its site plan and use their 27-acre campus to build their office space in a way that does not rise above the tree line. So far, LG has ignored our appeals and the matter will eventually be settled in court.