Another Hoboken park going to shambles

10/5/2010 Update:

Updating the “park” situation, 4th Ward Council Candidate Tim Occhipinti chimes in about the “field” at 1500 Park Avenue.

Hoboken not doing much for open space

Occhipinti says Lenz deserves ‘red card’ for conditions at soccer field

“No water station, no rest rooms, no benches, and barely enough room to play soccer. Hoboken soccer moms are fuming over conditions at the temporary soccer field at 1500 Park Avenue and the city’s response to their concerns. Rather than trying to help, officials warned parents to pick up after themselves and to stay out of nearby buildings.

During a visit to the supposedly temporary soccer field at 1500 Park Avenue, 4th Ward City Council candidate Tim Occhipinti met with moms who complained that the city has ignored their calls for action on the field, which has no restroom facilities, no place for families to sit, and has become a bare patch of dirt.”

“This is appalling. This administration has literally dropped the ball when it comes to soccer for our youngest kids,” said Occhipinti. “They’ve done nothing to bring the soccer field at Sinatra Park back on line, and they have done nothing to make this supposedly temporary field any more user friendly for soccer families. These moms have every right to be livid, and deserve to know where their tax dollars, not to mention their new $25 per child recreation fee, are going.”

Occhipinti said, to add insult to injury, parents were told this weekend to stay out of nearby private buildings, which they are sometimes forced to use if their young child has to go to the bathroom. Then, they were threatened with tickets if they double-parked, despite the lack of adequate parking near the field. Lastly, they were reminded to “clean up” after themselves.

Over a year ago, the Zimmer administration closed Sinatra Field to the public because a portion of the pier had collapsed. Despite the installation of large protective sheet barriers that have shielded the park from any further damage, plans for further repairs at Sinatra have been frozen as the city council majority, led by 4th Ward Councilman Michael Lenz, bungled the project.

“Instead of creating opportunities for new soccer fields, Michael Lenz is supporting a flawed plan for Western Edge redevelopment that includes NO space for recreation fields,” Occhipinti added. “Michael Lenz has also done nothing to move a plan for a Southwest Park forward. The 4th ward deserves a real park large enough for our kids to play ball on. He has claimed to support such a plan for years when it has served his political agenda, but has done absolutely zero to make it happen.”

SEE PREVIOUS UPDATES AFTER THE JUMP…

7/22/2010:

Reader Mail: Why does this happen in Hoboken?

One Hoboken411 reader expresses their displeasure not only with the tiny plot of park space at Harborside Lofts uptown – but takes some jabs at the city administration.

Hoboken Uptown Brown Coalition?

“The park by Harborside Lofts, you know, the field with 2 playgrounds is completely brown.

Dead, brown grass, soon to be dirt. Since Sinatra Park closed, the soccer teams have been using the park daily for practices, but I don’t know if the city is paying for or doing any maintenance on the field (I’d say no) or whether or not Toll Brothers or Harborside Lofts has to foot the bill.

Many people feel the quality of life in Hoboken is slipping dramatically, no new open space and the current parks we do have are either closed or not maintained well. We have a park tax fund that Mayor Zimmer insisted on having the word “maintenance” removed so the fund has about $1.5 M but it cannot be used to repair our current parks and it’s not enough to buy land for new parks.

In the meantime, City Hall has hired a dozen new crossing guards (out of the 4th ward for benefit of Michael Lenz in the upcoming November Election) and 6 new parking attendants (again out of the 4th ward for Lenz), that’s over $400k in additional payroll and benefits.

Dawn is spending spending spending, under the public radar because the hires are under $25K in salary, but she’s letting the parks fall apart!

Why must Hoboken parks look so shabby and poorly maintained?”

411 Note: With the recent layoff plan announced by the city – how do you feel about this? Hundreds of thousands of dollars for crossing guards, but law enforcement officers to be eradicated from the city? Does that make sense just to elect the shadow mayor to the 4th Ward council seat?

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27 Comments on "Another Hoboken park going to shambles"

oceanbloo
Member
oceanbloo

I can’t believe people are taking offense at being told to stay out of nearby buildings to use their facilities.

How would you feel if someone brought their kid into your house or apartment to use the facilities? I’m certain you wouldn’t mind if it were one person, but would quickly get annoyed with a steady stream of people.

Let’s recall the state of the facilities by the closed soccer field on Sinatra. Absolutely disgusting. You think condo owners uptown want their maintenance fees to cover cleaning the messes of random people?

I’ve seen plenty of people bring their kids to the bathroom in a nearby cafe and not even have the courtesy to make a small purchase. If you are going to use a private facility, at least buy something. It’s not a highway rest stop.

upyurs
Member
upyurs

HEY PUT ALL THE CONNECT CARS THERE

xyzpdq
Member
xyzpdq

For all the taxes we pay this field is a disgrace. Why do the kids get stuck with this while the adult leagues get to play in Weehawken? When will the Sinatra field reopen? 2013?

bmacqueens
Member

1. There is PLENTY of nearby parking. Both Park on Park and the garage at 1500 Bloomfield are an underhand throw from this playing field. Parents just don’t feel like paying a few quid to park. Cheap, lazy bastards.

2. This grass was never built for the kind of intense workout that it has been getting. As I said on this same thread back in July, it’s cap and cover … a layer of sod over a plastic tarp. The grass got burnt to hell over the summer and then never got a chance to recover. It is going to need to be resodded, or somehow re-aerated (poke lots of little holes in the dirt) so that the roots might have a chance to recover. The compacted surface is going to remain compacted and dying/dead until one or the other of these options are taken.

It is a shame to see what has happened to this grass. It was once a very lush and green space. But the band-aid usage as a team sports field has destroyed it while we wait for Sinatra Park’s soccer field to be reopened.

bmacqueens
Member

Oh, yeah, and the 126 or 22 bus runs within a block of here. So, if you don’t want to pay to park, you can always walk up here (one block past 14th @ Lola’s) or take a bus to one block away.[quote comment=”198317″]1. There is PLENTY of nearby parking. Both Park on Park and the garage at 1500 Bloomfield are an underhand throw from this playing field. Parents just don’t feel like paying a few quid to park. Cheap, lazy bastards.2. This grass was never built for the kind of intense workout that it has been getting. As I said on this same thread back in July, it’s cap and cover … a layer of sod over a plastic tarp. The grass got burnt to hell over the summer and then never got a chance to recover. It is going to need to be resodded, or somehow re-aerated (poke lots of little holes in the dirt) so that the roots might have a chance to recover. The compacted surface is going to remain compacted and dying/dead until one or the other of these options are taken.It is a shame to see what has happened to this grass. It was once a very lush and green space. But the band-aid usage as a team sports field has destroyed it while we wait for Sinatra Park’s soccer field to be reopened.[/quote]

Angry Bird
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Angry Bird

I hate just even LOOKING at this park – I can’t imagine going there as an afternoon outing. I hope these kids playing soccer there are careful, because falling on that dirt would feel worse than getting dragged on concrete.

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