Parks: Why does it have to take so long?

Do any of you care about the state of the parks in Hoboken?

I’m sure some people may be indifferent, but many of us feel otherwise. We all know Hoboken is cramped as we watch many new (and sometimes beautiful) real estate developments get built very often and very quickly with often little resistance.

Why can’t the same be true for the parks?

Getting them built, zoned, or approved seems to be more like pulling teeth. Even with “Open Space Intitiatives” promised by our city years ago, we still have nothing much to show for it except old brochures and continual chatter.

openspacemap1sm.jpgThe big and exciting “Open Space Initiatives” poster that was originally put up on the Hoboken City website almost two years ago had been shrunken down to a thumbnail, and you cannot seem to directly download the .PDF file anymore. However, thanks to the Internet Archive, we can see what Hoboken promised long ago, and even discover where to download larger versions. Can you read that? –>

Below is the how the original image used to look back in January of 2005 and a link to the PDF in case you’re interested in seeing it. Why doesn’t the city have a section on their website that allows the users to “browse all PDF files”? This was buried deep inside with no direct link available.


newc1.jpgRemember the “Pier C” promise? “Construction to start Spring 2005”, then “2006”, then… nothing. While the concept was a bit unrealistic (to put tennis courts or beach volley ball or whatever that round concoction is), it was still open space. Can someone re-confirm that this is never happening? If so, why does the city even still have it on the website?

But hey, we still ought to be thankful.

We still have “My Park” on Observer and Jackson Streets. “Grab the kids and the picnic basket, Honey! We’re headed over to the park!”

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29 Comments on "Parks: Why does it have to take so long?"

9 years 1 month ago

Where was the “proposed” rooftop tennis facility going to go? I know that they had no issues ripping up the only two tennis courts next to Hoboken High school football field in the spring..which, by the way, was perfect timing. I mean, who plays tennis in the spring and summertime?

9 years 1 month ago

Don’t forget about the lush “park” at the end of the ShopRite parking lot. Who needs any more open space when we’ve got that?

I like how that downloadable PDF colors everything green around existing buildings to try and make it look more park-like.

What a joke.

9 years 1 month ago

don’t forget about the full page ad in the hoboken reporter this week talking about the progress they’ve made so far. Someone should write a follow up letter and perhaps mention a few things:

– Pier c will be several years late

– The upcoming 14th street park was the direct result of local residents going to get funding from an outside agency, the city only came along for the ride at the last minute. (the city had planned for condos)

– What about the shop-right park? The mayor counts it when he talks about new park space – why not put… Read more »

9 years 1 month ago

I think we should just tear down the old age homes in the center of town and turn that into a big park…

Red Haven
9 years 1 month ago

The Mayor’s “Open Space Inititiative” was a developer-driven crock from the word go. It’s nothing but a flier designed to fool people into thinking something is getting done. Let’s begin with the portion marked “In Progress”

— MAXWELL PLACE — If you zoon in on the Maxwell Place portion what you notice is nearly half of the parkland in the drawing already exists. They included Elysian Park to it look like they were creating more parks than they actually are.

Also note on this drawing you can see the plan for a “recration of Elysian Field”. Now via Hoboken411 we can… Read more »