Update for Hoboken Sinatra Park
Still no Hoboken Sinatra Park four and half years later
Below is a recent video of the “construction” action down near the Hoboken Sinatra Park Soccer field / pier area.
I used to think why this project is taking so long was because of the general incompetence at City Hall – but now I’m starting to connect the dots. You ever wonder that they’re dragging this project along on purpose? Just to keep their contract buddies on for years on end (like Boswell Engineering who we mentioned yesterday)?
Anyway – when asked when they should be done with restoring the park – a project engineer on scene sheepishly said “early fall.” But his tone suggested that we might be lucky if we get the park back this year. But when there are election-timed ribbon cuttings, you never know what “miracles” can happen.
Hoboken Sinatra Park Soccer Field Update
Following the Friday Afternoon news that Councilwoman Beth Mason was in talks with Stevens Institute to move Hoboken Youth League Soccer games back to Hoboken, Acting Mayor/Council President Dawn Zimmer had her Confidential Aide Dan Bryan send out her own update on the Sinatra Field situation Sunday, and it doesn’t sound good:
“Emergency measures are currently being taken to protect Hoboken from losing its soccer field in the event of a major storm. Engineers from Remington & Vernick advised the City that Hoboken risks losing Sinatra Field completely if we do not take immediate action. This unfortunate situation has resulted from possible construction and design issues as well as the failure of previous administrations to address a known erosion problem due to shipworms. A final determination as to whether the field can be used for the fall season will be made early next week based on the review of a full report from Boswell Engineering.”
Can you hear the cash registers ringing? It sounds like cleaning up this mess is going to get expensive. Real expensive. The release from City Hall continues:
“Based on recommendations from the engineers a decision was made to install two 35-foot protective sheet metal barriers along each side of the southern section of the soccer field where the erosion has occurred. This metal sheet wall connected to pilings, is designed to prevent the tides and storm water from further destruction of the walkway and field. According to engineers, it will also be part of the final repair plan. I want to thank Assemblyman Ramos and Senator Kenney for assisting us with getting an emergency permit from the NJ DEP in order to complete this work on an emergency basis.”
Now, if you just said to yourself “Did she just say Senator Kenney?” you aren’t alone. State Senator Bernard Kenny (no “e” in his name) left office in 2007, replaced by Brian Stack, who was probably the person she meant to thank. By the way City Hall, the Board of Ed’s Facilities Director is Tim Calligy, not Tom (another error made in the press release). Acting Mayor/Council President Zimmer went on to say that as a soccer player herself she understands having fields to play on is important “to our quality of life.” Playing soccer apparently also played a role when Zimmer picked her City Directors.
How much do you think this mess is going to cost to fix? Will it be too expensive to save the soccer field from the rising tides? Was it a dumb idea to put a soccer field on sea-level landfill in the first place? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Sinatra Park Closed till further notice
The City of Hoboken sends an update about the recent pier collapse…
The city is being extra cautious regarding this collapse. Any soccer events scheduled in the near term have been re-located to the high school field. They’ve provided a time-line of what has and will transpire:
- On Monday, September 21st, at approximately 9 a.m., City of Hoboken workers reported cracking in the pavers at the far east tip of Sinatra Park. The area was immediately closed off to the public.
- City engineers conducted a “visual” survey of the area and pier piles during high tide that afternoon.
- On Tuesday, September 22nd, City engineers conducted an “inner-water” survey at high-tide to further assess the pier’s condition. It was determined that a low-tide survey beneath the pier be conducted for further analysis of the pier’s condition.
- On Wednesday, September 23rd, a low-tide survey was conducted to determine if further erosion has occurred. The City’s engineers then recommended that an underwater survey be conducted of the structure.
- An underwater “diving” survey of the area will be conducted on Thursday, September 24th, at 7 a.m. by Boswell Underwater Engineering to determine the integrity of the structure.
- As a precaution, all events scheduled at Sinatra Park on Wednesday, September 23rd, and for the immediate future have been postponed and the Soccer Field has been closed to the public. Soccer games scheduled for this weekend have been moved to Hoboken High School field.
- An engineering report and cost estimates are being prepared to ensure immediate repairs.
Hoboken sinking – one pier at a time
Like a broken record – another pier crumbles into the Hudson in Hoboken, NJ. I just wonder why we focus so much on building NEW ones, when we cannot even keep the *existing* ones in good enough shape!
I guess a ribbon-cutting for a collapse wouldn’t bode to well with intelligent voters. (Then again, do ribbon-cuttings help earn votes to begin with?)Hoboken NJ