Youth Soccer League stays put?

10/2/2009:

After the Sinatra Park pier collapsed last week, some Hoboken soccer moms became angry at the way the city was handling the situation, including shipping kids off to Weehawken to play games while the city sorts out the mess they created.

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Press release from 2nd Ward Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate Beth Mason below detailing how the games will be reeled back to Hoboken (at Stevens Institute):

Plan to save the Youth Soccer League

Mason Brokers talks between Stevens Tech and the City for use of field

“Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason is working on a plan that can save the Youth Soccer League season for hundreds of the city’s boys and girls.

Mason has arranged for the athletic director of Stevens Institute of Technology to work with city officials to use the college’s DeBaun Athletic Complex for youth soccer games this fall.

The newly refurbished DeBaun Complex is the home field for the Stevens soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and baseball programs.

Mason intervened after the youth soccer field at Sinatra Park was closed due to unsafe conditions resulting from the collapse of the adjacent waterfront walkway.
Mason said she was glad to make the arrangements that will hopefully lead to a full schedule of youth soccer games at a local venue, rather than having them travel to Weehawken.

“So many boys and girls are passionate about soccer in our city and I couldn’t imagine them going an entire season without having the opportunity to take the field,” said Mason. “So I reached out to Steven’s and got a very positive response from the athletic director.”

Mason said having the children able to play their games locally is a big help for them and their parents. ‘Between work schedules, school schedules and homework time, it is already difficult to get parents and young players to games. If we can keep the games local, it will be a great relief to many families.”

Mason said she will monitor the talks between the college and the city’s recreation department to ensure that an arrangement is finalized shortly.

The councilwoman noted that Stevens has come to the rescue previously when Sinatra field was closed for turf replacement. “It just made sense to ask if they would aid us again,” said Mason.
“I believe Steven’s is demonstrating that it wants to be a good neighbor and an asset for all of Hoboken,” said Mason.”

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7 Comments on "Youth Soccer League stays put?"

homeworld
Member

There is a barge with a crane at the site of the Sinatra Park collapse. I didn’t venture close enough to see what sort of repairs were being attempted, though.

Camuy50
Member
Camuy50

Do you really think that the city is working on the collapsed pier. They are probably stalling until it’s closer to the election time to do something and become heroes again, as usual.

In response to homeworld who said:
There is a barge with a crane at the site of the Sinatra Park collapse. I didn’t venture close enough to see what sort of repairs were being attempted, though.

realstuff
Member
realstuff

Who is going to pay for the walkway repairs?…millions….the taxpayers of course.

scottm
Member
scottm

What makes you think there will be walkway repairs? The previous collapsed pier hasn’t been repaired, and the city doesn’t seem bothered that pier C construction has blocked the walkway and forced pedestrians/joggers/bikers onto the street for nearly two full years now.

It would be funny if it weren’t so embarrassing.

In response to realstuff who said:
Who is going to pay for the walkway repairs?…millions….the taxpayers of course.

plywood
Member
plywood

It not like Stevens is ever looking for a favor…..

truth1
Member
truth1

To be sure, Steven’s should be expected to help out. I am certain that all of the incumbent councilpersons running for Mayor will make note of their efforts in this area. After all, they do get paid (even Beth now) for their services to the community. (Councilpersons – approx. $500 per week).

homeworld
Member

Will the city have to pay Stevens for use of the field? Stevens has to pay the city for use of the Hoboken High School track.

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