Hoboken Legal Beagle – 6/13/2008
One reader asks what’s going on with the locking of Sinatra Field.
Why is Sinatra Park locked?
“I have noticed that since the installation of the new FieldTurf at Sinatra Park, certain groups are keeping the field locked except when in use by certain people or groups. I as did many other residents was accustomed to using the park as open space as it is a great place to go kick or throw a ball with my wife or children. People often used it to jog, exercise, throw a frisbee etc. when it was not in use for games. This was always in accordance with the posted city sign saying it was open to the public for recreational use. I have now noticed that people wanting to do this need to go elsewhere or jump a locked fence… which many people choose to do. It was a great image this holiday seeing parents boosting their toddlers over a locked fence to play. The legal question is this… since I am unaware of any change in the city ordinance, can this people or even myself if I chose to do this, be charged with any crime? Is it trespassing even though it is a city park? Can a city department or a private group affiliated with a city department arbitrarily choose to begin locking a park and denying access to residents and taxpayers? Curious…. would really like to avoid a trespassing charge or perhaps avoid a group of toddlers from getting marched before the judge…”
411 Legal Beagle says:
I mean really what kind of language is “certain groups are keeping the field locked except when in use by certain people or groups?”
Don’t be afraid of the big bad wolf, Hoboken411 keeps it all confidential so come on tell us who are these certain people and certain groups and I, along with an activist core here at Hoboken411 will put and end to these certain scoundrels. In America, the government cannot act arbitrarily, if it does, people write letters, complain, run for office, or demonstrate.
But before you commit yourself to life of crime as a revolutionary civil rights activist, try asking people in City Hall about your concerns.
In fact ask your local councilperson or in fact any councilperson, I am sure they would help!