Parks meeting tonight
Parks meeting: Southwest curiously absent
Over 3 years ago, then Council candidate (and now Mayor) Dawn Zimmer made the Southwest Park the cornerstone of her “plan.”
Now, over 1200 days later – practically no measurable progress has been made – and the current administration seems to be focusing more on developer-friendly areas like the (highly FLAWED) Western Edge plan.
Dawn Zimmer – on this very website said the following just two years ago: “I am currently working on reaching out to all the players involved in the development of the 4th Ward, including parks organizations and the developers. There’s a great deal that’s involved in advocating for the community’s best interest, so please let me know if you would like to help on this issue.”
And as you can see from this campaign literature from Dawn Zimmer back in 2007 – it’s just one of many failed campaign promises:
HSPC Reminds residents of the real history
The Hoboken Southwest Parks Coalition once again reminded residents of the promises that the current adminsitration made to get elected into office in the first place:
“As the year comes to a close, we regret to report no progress has been made on the development or acquisition of parkland in Southwest Hoboken. Six years is too long for the City to do nothing but talk about building a park. By now, significant progress should have been made and we share your frustration.
However, we are now finally again at a critical moment to ensure creative and sound development in Southwest Hoboken including flood mitigation and a 6-acre park. The current administration says it will soon unveil the latest redevelopment study. Now is the time to contact our elected officials to demand they fulfill their years of promises to the residents of the 4th Ward.
In the Fall of 2007, the Hoboken Southwest Parks Coalition unveiled SW6: A Greener, Greater Hoboken. It’s a plan, a roadmap really, to assist our elected officials in creating the redevelopment plan for the Southwest. You can download our 60-page plan and read a full history of HSPC’s work for a park at www.hobokenspc.org.
What does the City need to do now?
- Finish the SW Redevelopment Study which is years overdue
- Re-route Paterson Avenue as promised in the Hoboken Master Plan
- Negotiate for parkland acquisition as promised by elected officials almost three years ago
- Research and aggressively seek out alternative funding sources for land acquisition and the development of the park
- Be innovative and think outside of the box instead of following the same recipe that has proven to be disastrous for Hoboken’s open space needs
- Use Hoboken’s Open Space Trust Fund to buy parkland now
A beautiful 6-acre Southwest Park in Hoboken is not a dream but a recreational opportunity that must be attained now or will be lost forever. Please contact your elected officials today and tell them the City needs to fulfill its promises now.
The meeting is tonight from 7pm to 9pm at the Rue School at 3rd and Garden.
Chamber of Commerce: Transportation issues
Due to some community members pushing back against the corner cars program (and the fact that they potentially hurt small business), the administration is finally meeting with the Chamber of Commerce at the Garden of Eden (226 Washington St.) on Friday, December 4th at 8am. Additional topics will include the shuttle buses (pray to god we don’t become like Union City) and business parking.
If history is any guide, Dawn Zimmer and Ian Sacs will show up to lecture the Chamber about their Utopian vision, instead of getting valuable feedback about what’s wrong with the plan.
Parks and Open Space
Zimmer is having a meeting at the Rue School (3rd & Garden) on Monday, December 6th (7 to 9pm) to “discuss” parks & open space – including the uptown area, and our crumbling piers. Depending on which council members show up, consider this part press release, part early campaigning for the May 2011 election.