New Hoboken dog run will be impractical

Hoboken “Viaduct Dog Run” will be ridiculously out of the way

As you all know, the 14th Street Viaduct is getting an “extreme makeover” for the next two and a half years.

Part of this plan includes a dog run in the western-most section. While it looks kind of nice on the architectural renderings – I started looking at the situation from a practical perspective.

For one, I understand that not everyone lives a stone’s throw from a dog park. However, many of Hoboken’s dog parks now are actual destinations. With stunning NYC views, in the middle of commerce, action and life.

However, this planned dog run is so far removed from Hoboken life, you might as well call it Jersey City. As of now, it would be on the fringe of industrial Hoboken, nowhere near a residential building, corner coffee shop, or people. Not even sure you’d get cell phone reception way out there. Look at this map I whipped together to help you understand where it is.

Good idea? Bad idea? “You gotta start somewhere” type idea?

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15 Comments on "New Hoboken dog run will be impractical"

design_chick
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I would be happy to have a lesser used dog park even if I have to walk to get there. My dog doesn’t get along well with large groups of dogs and can get overwhelmed in the cramped Elysian dog run. I feel bad that he doesn’t have anywhere to run free!

mooshu
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mooshu

Maybe we should make Hoboken17 happy and place a kids’ jungle gym under the viaduct.

escaped68
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Don’t laugh but there are basketball, bocci ball, handball courts along with some playground under the ramps of the tribrough bridge. I would use a crazy short cut route through queens and for a stretch I drove along the in the area under the tribrough and that’s where i saw all of the recreation set ups. They were fenced in and well lite and they were being used. Granted it’s longer and wider area but it might merit looking into.[quote comment=”209911″]Maybe we should make Hoboken17 happy and place a kids’ jungle gym under the viaduct.[/quote]

matt1122
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matt1122

@ snowdays – “dog owners are not very friendly toward the rest of us” what?

As far as the dog run use goes, I live right by Church Square Park’s dog run and it is very, very heavily used. Last night in the hour I spent there at least 30 dogs visited. The dog runs at Stevens Park and Elysian Park are pretty well used as well, and I think the reason you never see anyone at the Maxwell Place dog run is simply because it’s so small and hidden away yet so close to Elysian Park that no one has any motivation to use it. That said, if you’ve ever seen the “dog run” at the Liberty Cove apartments in Jersey City (near Zeppelin Hall), you probably know that it could be worse.

willow
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willow

Columbus park is a state park not a city park. You would have to appeal to the state. That is why dogs can legally be on the grass where other parks technically are not suppose to have access. I wish that a dog park would open that would be a large green area. I hate the dog parks here in town that have the gravel. It creates a dust storm when dogs run and the dogs get filthy as well as being higher maintenance i would imagine.

jenfarr
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jenfarr

No, Columbus Park isn’t a state park, it is part of the Hudson County park system. Since “shameful” stated that the proposed dog run was being funded by the county, my point was why not take a portion of a park already run by the county and make that into a dog run (and not allow dogs to continue to do their thing on the non-dog run grass area).[quote comment=”209881″]Columbus park is a state park not a city park. You would have to appeal to the state. That is why dogs can legally be on the grass where other parks technically are not suppose to have access. I wish that a dog park would open that would be a large green area. I hate the dog parks here in town that have the gravel. It creates a dust storm when dogs run and the dogs get filthy as well as being higher maintenance i would imagine.[/quote]

cyclewag
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cyclewag

By looks of this map sure maybe it is impractical but once it is built residents or workers within the new commercially zoned North West region of town will use it. Just watch and see.
Just like parks for our kids, our dogs including Hoboken411’s own Oscar needs a safe place to run off leash and meet up with his dog friends.
Think positively. This is all a work in progress as of now and that map will most likely change time and time again until the first shovel of dirt is dug.

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