Whats up with Hoboken parks?

Below is a letter from a Hoboken resident who is frustrated watching good local government entities getting things done – while in Hoboken, our amateur administration can’t make heads or tails of what should be slam dunk projects.

Hoboken lags behind when it comes to parks!

“Every morning I bike over to the Newport section of Jersey City and and am tortured by the sight of a beautiful new park being built. If you haven’t seen it go take a look.

Its across from the Target between Washington Blvd and the waterfront walkway. If you’re wondering why you may not know about it, there’s a good reason. The park has gone from start to near finish in a startling fast 4 months! State of the art play grounds, a large turf play surface, professionally landscaped, I could go on and one, but I’m making myself depressed. When it officially opens it will be one of the finest parks in this area. Go Jersey City!

Compared to Jersey City, Hoboken parks suck!

Contrast this with the state of our parks. Sinatra Park chained and off limits for the last three years. The Hoboken waterfront walkway falling into the river in some places, closed to the public in other areas for fear of falling in to the river! Uptown at the bridges, despite being remediated and ready to be a park for over year, we have a weed strewn lot instead of a badly needed athletic / multi-purpose field.

The Shop Rite Park a.k.a. “Pupies Park” seems to get smaller each time I go over there. On the recent Thanksgiving holiday a day when many get together for pre-meal game of football or soccer, our remaining athletic fields were chained shut forcing fathers, mothers, sons and daughters to scale the fences and become law breakers just to have a traditional pre-meal ball game. This isn’t just wrong, it’s un-American!

No more excuses – get the job done already!

Now we have all heard the reasons and excuses. Sinatra is unsafe and it takes time to get all the permits to make the repair…. Does the whole park hang over the river? Couldn’t we fence off the only the part that hangs over the river and safely use the rest? How can Stevens Institute finish their section of the walkway while Hoboken’s lay in disrepair? Same river? Same agencies? I don’t get it.

How can whole apartment buildings and developments be conceived built and rented faster than we seem to be able to get our parks repaired. I recently heard a council person say he didn’t like the fact that the park at 16th street wouldn’t be at street level. Really? Put everything on hold because one councilperson doesn’t like a design feature? We heard the same proposed park needs a traffic light. That can’t be right. It has a light at it’s SW corner. As a mater of fact you can walk to that “park” today via completely controlled intersections, traffic lights and all. I’m sure the businesses at that end of town would appreciate the crowds that a park would bring. Assuming the traffic light went in tomorrow are we 2, 3, 4 months from playing on that field. If it was in Newport I think yes. Weehawken, maybe. Hoboken? You tell me.

So Hoboken city government, executive and legistlative branches, reformers, minority, and whatever other group I left out, stop the bickering, stop the politicking, do the people’s business and get these parks done.

Or perhaps just call Jersey City and see how they did it.

A park deprived citizen of Hoboken.”

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10 Comments on "Whats up with Hoboken parks?"


Member
HobokenDweller
3 years 7 months ago

This park is beautiful. Wouldn’t give Jersey City all the credit though. Isn’t this park owned by Lefrak (owner/developer of Newport)?

Member
bayou
3 years 7 months ago

I’m relatively new to Hoboken. So I’m not up to date on the political aspect or the length of time that it has taken to get the parks and waterfront to the point where they are at. But all last spring and summer I enjoyed myself on the banks of the Hudson and was thankful for all that Hoboken has to offer. Comparing us to many other cities in the area, I think we have more communal outdoors spaces than others.

Hoboken has so many gorgeous areas to enjoy the outdoors and while there are areas of the waterfront under construction, if you walk just a little further down the waterfront there is plenty of spaces that aren’t under construction. AND when they are finally done it will be even better.

As for the Newport Park, I also ride my bike past it and think it’s a great addition… so close to Hoboken you don’t even feel like you’ve left the Hoboken city limits. If that’s the type of your park you are looking for, why not head over there.

I guess for those that don’t want to get some exercise and walk past their front door they are missing out.

Member
animal_lover
3 years 7 months ago

Bayou, please don’t let the cat out the bag! If folks stay put – extremely close to their homes then I know it will be less crowed in the other beautiful local areas.[quote comment=”213387″]I’m relatively new to Hoboken. So I’m not up to date on the political aspect or the length of time that it has taken to get the parks and waterfront to the point where they are at. But all last spring and summer I enjoyed myself on the banks of the Hudson and was thankful for all that Hoboken has to offer. Comparing us to many other cities in the area, I think we have more communal outdoors spaces than others.Hoboken has so many gorgeous areas to enjoy the outdoors and while there are areas of the waterfront under construction, if you walk just a little further down the waterfront there is plenty of spaces that aren’t under construction. AND when they are finally done it will be even better.As for the Newport Park, I also ride my bike past it and think it’s a great addition… so close to Hoboken you don’t even feel like you’ve left the Hoboken city limits. If that’s the type of your park you are looking for, why not head over there.I guess for those that don’t want to get some exercise and walk past their front door they are missing out.[/quote]

Member
cmboken
3 years 7 months ago

I agree. Hoboken drags their feet with any new park and repairs to parks. The Jackson street park has been in dire need of a revamp. It now has become unsafe for kids during the summer due to the flooding that occurs, making it a mosquito infestation. Our councilman Tim O. has had a informal meeting and formal meeting with plans of the new playground. That was in the beginning of the summer. Nothing has yet to happen and I have not heard of anything in months. This was all supposed to get done asap. So much for that. It is redic that they can’t get their acts together. I wouldn’t go as far to blame Zimmer on this one. It is a collective effort that is stopping any progress. Pupie’s park is not a park. It is a few benches. What can a kid do there? That was a joke right??? Ok now this article has me frustrated all over again…..

Member
whineanddineinhob
3 years 7 months ago

Well you SHOULD be putting blame on Zimmer . Occhipinti submitted plans and it’s up to
the administration to move forward and award contracts.[quote comment=”213382″]I agree. Hoboken drags their feet with any new park and repairs to parks. The Jackson street park has been in dire need of a revamp. It now has become unsafe for kids during the summer due to the flooding that occurs, making it a mosquito infestation. Our councilman Tim O. has had a informal meeting and formal meeting with plans of the new playground. That was in the beginning of the summer. Nothing has yet to happen and I have not heard of anything in months. This was all supposed to get done asap. So much for that. It is redic that they can’t get their acts together. I wouldn’t go as far to blame Zimmer on this one. It is a collective effort that is stopping any progress. Pupie’s park is not a park. It is a few benches. What can a kid do there? That was a joke right??? Ok now this article has me frustrated all over again…..[/quote]

Member
Night Watchman
3 years 7 months ago

Mayor Zimmer is to blame for Jackson Street Park. Occhipinti had meetings, worked with the previous director to begin ordering new equipment, and then Zimmer put the brakes on it. She even tried to confiscate his drawings because she wanted her “own plan.” Months later we are still waiting. Mayor Zimmer has the power and money to get this done. This is now her fault.

Jackson Street is not the only unsafe park for children in Hoboken. The situation is getting
worse and all we have is talk from City Hall. This is not the “change” we voted for.

Unfortunately, Mayor Zimmer puts press releases and meetings ahead of real action and progress. This politics of pettiness is ruining the quality of life in our town.

[quote comment=”213382″]I agree. Hoboken drags their feet with any new park and repairs to parks. The Jackson street park has been in dire need of a revamp. It now has become unsafe for kids during the summer due to the flooding that occurs, making it a mosquito infestation. Our councilman Tim O. has had a informal meeting and formal meeting with plans of the new playground. That was in the beginning of the summer. Nothing has yet to happen and I have not heard of anything in months. This was all supposed to get done asap. So much for that. It is redic that they can’t get their acts together. I wouldn’t go as far to blame Zimmer on this one. It is a collective effort that is stopping any progress. Pupie’s park is not a park. It is a few benches. What can a kid do there? That was a joke right??? Ok now this article has me frustrated all over again…..[/quote]

Member
3 years 7 months ago

Every time I walk past this park or ride my bike past it, I feel the same way as this letter writer! I have been watching the progress over the last 6 months, and say to myself every time…how in the hell can THIS be happening, and the damn soccer field is still closed, and there are no new parks to speak of in Hoboken.

This is a really nice park! BIG with lots of fun things, it almost made me wish I had kids so I could go there when it was finished.

Member
HudsonGuy
3 years 7 months ago

This town is a complete joke and run by a bunch of morons. We have some of the most desirable water front property in the world and can barely enjoy it. There hasn’t been an ounce of work been done on that soccer field. In fact, I can barely remember when that was open. Amazing that municipal projects can’t seem to ever get started while private initiatives are being started and completed all over.[quote comment=”213378″]Every time I walk past this park or ride my bike past it, I feel the same way as this letter writer! I have been watching the progress over the last 6 months, and say to myself every time…how in the hell can THIS be happening, and the damn soccer field is still closed, and there are no new parks to speak of in Hoboken.This is a really nice park! BIG with lots of fun things, it almost made me wish I had kids so I could go there when it was finished.[/quote]

Member
whineanddineinhob
3 years 7 months ago

To add insult to injury, we still have these moron residents in town who still support this crazed administration even knowing what’s going on and even to spite their children who have little recreation on the playing fields. It must be hard to suck up the embarrassment of putting her in office in the first place. We were even lied to about a traffic signal being the obstacle to the opening of the field at 1600 Park Ave. Although this signal had little to do with the delay, it was the additional demands of residents for further improvements to the field which led to it’s original plan to be scrapped and having to start over again. THAT was the main issue. So much for transparency. The simple truth would have been appreciated and yet they tend to deceive the taxpayer with their bullshit. A real shame that ALL the residents in this town have to suffer because of the assholes in town who would rather vote with their hearts INSTEAD of their heads.[quote comment=”213379″]This town is a complete joke and run by a bunch of morons. We have some of the most desirable water front property in the world and can barely enjoy it. There hasn’t been an ounce of work been done on that soccer field. In fact, I can barely remember when that was open. Amazing that municipal projects can’t seem to ever get started while private initiatives are being started and completed all over.[/quote]

Member
QJ201
3 years 7 months ago

I went with a friend who was apartment hunting when Newport was first getting off the ground in the late 80’s and the “map of the proposed development” included “Newport Central Park” on that patch of land (was also supposed to be surrounded by Townhouses).

So, it may have been built “quickly,” but that patch of land has sat there unused and derelict for at least two decades while the residents of Newport waited for their park.