What are parks for? No ball playing?

Get arrested for having fun and exercising in Hoboken

Even though we publishing this “no ball playing” post earlier this summer, residents still send in photos of this ridiculous sign.

What I find most irritating about it is that you can be harmlessly exercising with a friend, and if you are approached by a law enforcer and refuse to stop “playing catch” they will potentially injure and financially penalize you. If you don’t see something wrong with that picture, well maybe you should move to China.

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No ball playing at Hoboken, NJ parks. What a fun place!

8/12/2014:

First they cut a ton of trees down in the middle of Columbus Park. If that wasn’t enough – did you know that “no ball playing is allowed” at this lovely park?

I can understand a full 5 x 5 soccer match complete with goals, etc. – but what’s the harm in playing catch? Rules suck. I say grab your mitts and go play catch. Just be sure not to step in a fresh steaming pile of poop.

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12 Responses

  1. Angry Bird says:

    The same people in favor of these signs are those who want us to stupidly believe a 20×100 patch of grass is a “park.” So, if no ball here, whatever will we be allowed to do in an even smaller park?

  2. joey maxim says:

    use to hand out permits in the project field aka momma johnson field on jackson st..unless the board of ed hands out permits for soft ball games…parks are not ball fields more than just parks..hard balls can hurt kids..enjoy the parks with out endangeriong kids

    • homeworld says:

      This is a Hudson County park, not a municipal park.[quote comment=”223595″]use to hand out permits in the project field aka momma johnson field on jackson st..unless the board of ed hands out permits for soft ball games…parks are not ball fields more than just parks..hard balls can hurt kids..enjoy the parks with out endangeriong kids[/quote]

  3. TheGreenMan says:

    I know the actual story around this because I asked Al who maintains the park. Basically ball playing is actually not allowed in any county park (and other rules are different, like dogs are allowed). He didn’t enforce the rule because it seemed harmless.

    Then apparently last week two incidents happened where someone was hit by a frisbee and then someone else by a soccer ball. They wanted the police called and when they weren’t they went over his head to some county official. Hence the rules. One self-important person ruining it for everyone.

    Being someone that spends a TON of time in Columbus Park though I will say that some of the stuff was getting a little crazy. Big football games, lots of people running through groups hanging out. It’s just not a huge park.

    Still though it sucks, and it’s a rule that will probably be broken and not enforced often.

    • joey maxim says:

      agreed consider a block away wallace has a big school yard…schools out untill then kids can play stick ball throw frisbees and play touch football..where there are no carriges[quote comment=”223607″]I know the actual story around this because I asked Al who maintains the park. Basically ball playing is actually not allowed in any county park (and other rules are different, like dogs are allowed). He didn’t enforce the rule because it seemed harmless.Then apparently last week two incidents happened where someone was hit by a frisbee and then someone else by a soccer ball. They wanted the police called and when they weren’t they went over his head to some county official. Hence the rules. One self-important person ruining it for everyone.Being someone that spends a TON of time in Columbus Park though I will say that some of the stuff was getting a little crazy. Big football games, lots of people running through groups hanging out. It’s just not a huge park.Still though it sucks, and it’s a rule that will probably be broken and not enforced often.[/quote]

    • animal_lover says:

      Actually there was an incident where the sheriffs office had to come out to break up a woman on man fight. The man was playing ball with a kid and as would happen in a small area it was flying around other people and the woman got hit.

      I was harassed outrageously more then once by forty and fifty year old men playing ball on the lawns. The scream at the top of their lungs and excoriate me as if I am in the wrong.

      The count rules already existed and the signs are up on the fence. A park is for everyone and entering a park should not be like entering a red zone.

      Since the signs have been up I now see mother with blankets playing w their infants on the lawn and also the elderly and disabled neighbors who had been not able to use the park with the balls flying around are now back. It is back to the intent of the park design with the grounds as a promenade and peaceful sitting area and the multiple recreational areas adjacent.[quote comment=”223607″]I know the actual story around this because I asked Al who maintains the park. Basically ball playing is actually not allowed in any county park (and other rules are different, like dogs are allowed). He didn’t enforce the rule because it seemed harmless.Then apparently last week two incidents happened where someone was hit by a frisbee and then someone else by a soccer ball. They wanted the police called and when they weren’t they went over his head to some county official. Hence the rules. One self-important person ruining it for everyone.Being someone that spends a TON of time in Columbus Park though I will say that some of the stuff was getting a little crazy. Big football games, lots of people running through groups hanging out. It’s just not a huge park.Still though it sucks, and it’s a rule that will probably be broken and not enforced often.[/quote]

      • iforgotmymantra says:

        While I didn’t initially see it this way, your comment makes sense if the parks were that overrun by folks throwing large heavy objects overhead. It’s a shame though that people can’t just use common sense and know not to throw baseballs balls over the heads of sunbathers, children, etc. But since nobody has consideration for others, we have more rules and signs.[quote comment=”223619″]Actually there was an incident where the sheriffs office had to come out to break up a woman on man fight. The man was playing ball with a kid and as would happen in a small area it was flying around other people and the woman got hit.I was harassed outrageously more then once by forty and fifty year old men playing ball on the lawns. The scream at the top of their lungs and excoriate me as if I am in the wrong.The count rules already existed and the signs are up on the fence. A park is for everyone and entering a park should not be like entering a red zone.Since the signs have been up I now see mother with blankets playing w their infants on the lawn and also the elderly and disabled neighbors who had been not able to use the park with the balls flying around are now back. It is back to the intent of the park design with the grounds as a promenade and peaceful sitting area and the multiple recreational areas adjacent.[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        Even worse than being hit by a ball is the harassment and intimidation that occurs. Thank goodness now there is one park to go to. In church square because it is a city park and ms. zimmer’s followers who believe they are entitled to every public space and funding harass and marginalize adult park visitors severely. I once was harassed so severly even the other dog owners told me I had to take action because the pre-teen children were even entering the dog run without a dog to get in my face. I reported it but when I went to pick up the police report they told me it didn’t exist but that I could file another. I waited for over an hour and then I finally realized they had no intention of writing a report. I had however memorialized the over 20 minute in length incident through a note to the council members and Chief of Police. Nothing was done.

        So thank our county for giving us a public park space. I really wish the public space that our tax dollars support allowed public access. 😳 [quote comment=”223621″]While I didn’t initially see it this way, your comment makes sense if the parks were that overrun by folks throwing large heavy objects overhead. It’s a shame though that people can’t just use common sense and know not to throw baseballs balls over the heads of sunbathers, children, etc. But since nobody has consideration for others, we have more rules and signs.[/quote]

      • willow says:

        I am also in the park multiple times a day. The last few months were out of hand with people playing softball, baseball, frisbee, etc. My dog even got hit in the head on sunday after the rules have been up. I say if people want to play soccer or any other game go on the football field, the soccer field, or even at the piers. The Columbus park is just too small for those activities and too highly populated for it to be safe. [quote comment=”223619″]Actually there was an incident where the sheriffs office had to come out to break up a woman on man fight. The man was playing ball with a kid and as would happen in a small area it was flying around other people and the woman got hit.I was harassed outrageously more then once by forty and fifty year old men playing ball on the lawns. The scream at the top of their lungs and excoriate me as if I am in the wrong.The count rules already existed and the signs are up on the fence. A park is for everyone and entering a park should not be like entering a red zone.Since the signs have been up I now see mother with blankets playing w their infants on the lawn and also the elderly and disabled neighbors who had been not able to use the park with the balls flying around are now back. It is back to the intent of the park design with the grounds as a promenade and peaceful sitting area and the multiple recreational areas adjacent.[/quote]

  4. animal_lover says:

    I was told that all the County parks in Hudson County had these signs but Columbus park because the lawns were much to small to play ball on and anyone in their right minds would not put others safety at risk especially with dedicated play areas provided.

    There is a huge lawn at Maxwell place that I see ball being played and because they are very small groups – father and kids – I doubt they have a permit. Also the dedicated children’s parks in the immediate neighborhood, I believe allow ball playing.

    On that note I am seeing more and more ball playing and razors being ridden in grocery store aisles.

  5. common_sense says:

    Common sense leads me to believe animal_lover is the woman who spent several weeks writing letters to the freeholders to have those signs installed. It’s good to know there are people out there keeping our elected officials busy. Job well done! Thank you for ruining the park for all the responsible adults and kids who call Hoboken home.

    FYI – there are several dog only parks available for you to use. Feel free to use those.

    Myself and others, all of which pay exorbitant taxes, are responsible pet owners, and have small children, look forward to using ALL parks in an appropriate manner. I look forward to fighting any citation issued for kicking a soccer ball or throwing a baseball a few feet between myself and my children.

  6. animal_lover says:

    Must be an entitled resident. There are plenty of ball fields that can not be used by residents who want simple open space. Go play ball at a ball park and let the oopen space alone. Most public park say no ball playing, bike riding, skatboarding etc. I will send you a sign.

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