Updated: Sep 21, 2019

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What most people don't realize about not-for-profits is that we subsist not only on donations and grants, but purchases of memberships, swag, and event tickets- donations alone rarely cut it and granting foundations generally don't support operating costs. Especially not for small organizations like ours which run entirely on volunteers. We only have one big fundraiser per year to cover our insurance costs so that we may ensure the Reservoir is open more often. Your support attending our event or donating in lieu of attendance makes everything we do possible.

Please join us for an evening of food & fun!

VIP Hour 6 - 7 pm Dinner 7 - 10 pm

159 New York Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307

$55 - Dinner $75 - Dinner + VIP Hour $100 - Dinner + VIP Hour + Supporting Membership $175 - Dinner + VIP Hour + Sustaining Membership & recognition at our event!


VIP Hour will include hors d'oeuvres in an intimate setting to discuss Reservoir #3 with JCRPA board members. Dinner will include a buffet and presentation on this year at the Reservoir and future plans. 

Food & Drink

This event is BYO for alcoholic drinks. Each ticket purchases unlimited food and non-alcoholic drink. Contact us regarding other food restrictions or allergies.

VIP Hour Menu

  • Cheese Platter

  • Bruschetta

  • Crudite

  • Prosciutto & goat cheese with fig

Dinner Menu

  • Baby kale salad

  • Mixed greens salad

  • Wild mushroom Risotto

  • Penne Vodka

  • Roasted Chicken

  • Chicken Francese

  • Hanger Steak

  • Fruit, brownies, and cookies for dessert


The Franklin has a short step up into the restaurant. Music and lighting will be at an appropriate level for both intimacy and accessibility - please contact us if you have concerns and we will work with you to accommodate.

Support the JCRPA

As a not-for-profit entity we rely on donations and sales for our events and swag. Can't make this event but still wish to participate? Visit this page to donate in support! Want to become a sponsor of this or future events? Contact us directly to discuss with our Board- not only will we be forever grateful but we will include recognition for yourself or business at our event and on our website!

Our Host

This will be the first year that the Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance (JCRPA) has been without our beloved long-time Board Member, one of our founders, and wonderful friend Vincent McNamara, known to many as Vinny.

Vinny passed away peacefully on December 7, 2018. We shared his obituary and information about his wake that month, but we did not say much else out of respect for the family and our own deep sadness as the loss of such a tremendous man. We were especially touched by the numerous family and friends who took the time and energy from their own grieving to reach out to us and to donate in his name.

Vinny was more than a highly active part of the JCRPA, he was a part of the Reservoir itself. He could be counted on as a predictable fixture at the site greeting visitors, teaching children about safely enjoying nature, spreading word about our needs and caring for the property. He was our go-to person for anything that needed brought to the attention of the City. He cut through red tape, he would contact various City Departments and employees as many times as necessary - Vinny knew how to to get things done. For a retired man, he sure did a lot of work!

He wasn’t just great in his work ethic either. His astute understanding of local politics made him a great strategist when we were battling to save the site. He was the voice of reason at many of our Board meetings. He was an excellent, nonjudgmental listener. If there was something new he was exposed to, he took great effort to learn about it. With his kindness and humility, he inspired everyone around him to do better and be better. He was supportive of inclusivity and equity and would stand up for you if you were in need of support. We could all learn from Vinny, and we should all continue to.

Next time you’re in the Reservoir or passing the Red Gate (his go-to spot), we ask that you remember this great man and the legacy he has left for us in the form of natural beauty.

We’ve had a lot of questions about what all has been going on while we’ve been quiet over the remainder of 2018 and 2019, and we’d like to update you on what’s been going on with regards to the site in this post. We have a lot to get everyone caught up to date about, and we’ve been delayed due to numerous events outside of our control, but thank you so much for your support over the winter and excitement about the Reservoir already this spring season! Below are answers to our most asked questions:

What happened to all the trees?

Between December 10th and December 12th, 2018, the city removed trees along the edge of the wall following historic guidelines for preservation. A majority of these trees were previously cut in 2015 and had resprouted. The remainder of the trees removed predominantly consisted of sick, dead, or non native trees such as Black Locust and Mulberry that had been negatively impacting the native flora and fauna.

The stumps that remain now have had holes drilled into them, which have been salted as a method of stump removal. The stumps are to be removed at a later date so that installation of a fence to protect visitors and the site may commence. We hope the city can help us find funds to place an appropriate perimeter fence that does not negatively the architectural aesthetic of the ashlar basalt walls.

Native grasses, small trees, and small shrubs are recommended to be planted along this section of the perimeter of the outer rim of the Reservoir. By using native plantings, native birds, insects, and other wildlife will be more encouraged to take refuge in the Reservoir. Long-term, this will be the best option to preserve the natural biodiversity of this area.

Why is the Red Gate not open?

There has been rumor that we have not opened that side due to a shortage of volunteers. While we are always asking for more volunteers as we have no paid staff, we have elected not to open the Red Gate as it will have to be closed as the season progresses, and so it was decided that we focus on just our main entrance on Jefferson Avenue this year.

Thanks to everyone’s support last year, the City is moving forward with acquiring funding to improve the safety of the site beyond the wall repairs and fencing improvements. This includes work on the three buildings located within the site- the Screen House (known by many as “the tower”), and the two Gatehouses. The Water Gatehouse at Troy Street and Summit is located directly across from the Red Gate, and first targeted for renovations. Due to construction we will no longer be able to use the Red Gate. As construction moves forward, portions of the upper trail will also have to be blocked off for everyone’s safety, which we will announce as the need arises.

Will there be kayaking this year again?

We can’t say much yet, but we’re working on something exciting- keep your fingers crossed! If you’d like to get involved, you can sign up to volunteer and specify your interest in expanding kayaking programming, donate towards our insurance bills (they use up most of our budget), or contact us about building a secure wooden rack for our kayaks. We also are on the lookout for a secure job box donation that could store our paddles and lifevests.

What’s going on with fishing?

It’s a bit confusing, but fishing is actually not run by the JCRPA at all! The fishing program is run by the City of Jersey City. It starts up again every Saturday beginning today, April 27 from 10am-3pm as well as every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3pm to 7:30pm. Fishing will be closed on Sundays and Wednesdays, and the Reservoir will be entirely closed on Wednesdays with the exception of special events. The JCRPA will have the Reservoir open on Sundays as volunteers are available. Check back with the Department of Recreation for specifics, but this year we will try to keep a schedule of the fishing hours on our Events calendar as well so that you’re fully up to date on all Reservoir openings!

Reservoir #3 GPS

113-116 Central Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07306

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P.O. Box 7833

Jersey City, NJ 07307

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