Waterfront Park open in Weehawken

9/27/2007 Update:

weehawken-waterfront-park-sm.jpgHad a chance to swing by the new Waterfront Park in Weehawken yesterday. Quite nice! However, it’s less of an “open park” and more of a “recreational facility”.

The park supervisor told me the following:
Playing on any of the fields requires a permit from Weehawken Town Hall. You do not need to be a resident there to request a permit. The Artificial Surface baseball/softball field can be used now, but the natural grass field needs a few months for the sod to “settle”. Tennis courts also require a permit. Naturally, as part of the agreement with Stevens, they get to use the main field as well (see pics of the Lacrosse team in action after the jump).

Phase two will begin in the spring, completing the rest of the park, with a bridge connecting the south side, a swimming pool and I believe a dog run as well. Roseland Property will also begin development of the luxury condos that will be the centerpiece of this park.

Oscar loved it. He found a lacrosse ball which is now his new favorite toy. See more pics after the break.

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9/25/2007 Update:

A really nice park has finally opened up right across the bridge in neighboring Weehawken. They have good celebrity accidents, and now a park that puts any Hoboken waterfront park to SHAME.

Charles Hack from the Journal said this:

“A new waterfront park was officially opened in Weehawken today, a $14 million, 10.5-acre recreation area in the Port Imperial development on River Road.

At the center of the park, designed by landscape architects Kim Mathews of Mathews Nielsen, is an artificial-turf ball field marked out for soccer and football, surrounded by a six-lane running track.”

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“It also has two softball fields, one of which has artificial turf and the other grass.

It also has three tennis courts, a golf putting green, fitness equipment, an amphitheater built for up to 200 people, and recreational equipment for children.

Most of the cost was paid by the Roseland Property Group, which put up the money as part of a “give back” for developing the residential and commercial Port Imperial South, said Carl Goldberg, the managing partner of Roseland.

Use of the space will be shared by Weehawken, its schools and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.

The second phase of the park will include a swimming pool, a skating rink, and a kayak launch, officials said.”

Read the rest how readers were miffed Stevens had to go outside city limits for recreation space after the jump.

7/31/2007:

Here’s a reader who’s miffed that Hoboken’s own prestigious college had to go out of town for “open space”.. great job City of Hoboken!

“Hi!

I saw this story in the Jerky this morning and my blood is boiling!!! Stevens had to go outside the City of Hoboken to find some extra field time for their students!!!! Since we have no extra space of any kind, Weehawken reaps the benefits.

In exchange for the occasional use of the Weehawken fields and track, their residents receive use of the Stevens facilities and 10 full time scholarships for the next 5 years!!! Worth over $34,000/year each! Unbelievable!

Hoboken students currently receive two full time scholarships which I believe began with the Stevens Family over a hundred years ago. But we could be getting so much more. Not to mention our previously promised yet non existent ice rink.

What a missed opportunity all around. Does Weehawken have better negotiators?

Yours,

A fan

Stevens institue hoboken weehawken agreement july 2007

Stevens and Weehawken sign joint facility usage agreement
Athletic, recreational and educational agreement will benefit both communities

HOBOKEN , N.J. — Stevens Institute of Technology President Harold J. Raveche and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner signed a joint agreement that will provide educational, athletic and recreational opportunities to both communities. The agreement was signed on June 19 at the Lawrence T. Babbio Center on the Stevens campus.

Through this partnership, Stevens will be providing 10 four-year full tuition scholarships over the next five years to qualifying Weehawken High School students entering Stevens. Weehawken residents will have the ability to enjoy the recreational and athletic activities provided at the Stevens campus. This partnership will provide Weehawken residents with use of the Stevens lap pool, fitness and weight training center, as well as athletic clinics sponsored by Stevens. Weehawken students and teachers also will benefit from the opportunity to participate in academic programs at Stevens, use of the Stevens library, and scholarships from Stevens. In addition, faculty from Stevens will assist in Weehawken ’s science and technology activities.

This partnership will provide Stevens’ students with the use of the new Weehawken Recreation Center and Waterfront Park . When not in use by Weehawken students and residents, Stevens athletic teams including track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, baseball and field hockey teams will now be able to make use of this facility for both practice and intercollegiate competition.

“The township is excited to be entering into this agreement with Stevens. Our town’s residents, students and teachers look forward to enjoying all that Stevens has to offer,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.

Harold J. Raveche, President of Stevens, stated, “The Township of Weehawken has done an excellent job constructing their waterfront park. The entire Stevens community is pleased to work with the township to enhance the Stevens athletic program.”

53 Responses

  1. krewedetat says:

    Great rant, Red Haven.

    You’ve got to admit that Richard Turner is a smart guy that knows how to work the system. Roberts is simply not on the same league.

  2. JAHoboken says:

    [quote comment=”45318″]My son practically drools over the baseball diamonds every time we pass through Weehauken.

    The last two years Hoboken’s fallball team (12/13 year olds) made the step up to Babe Ruth dimensions. There’s no change quite like that in sports. 45 – 60′ mound, 60 – 90′ bases. Lead-offs, balk rule enforcement. All the things that team – who are basically all-stars – did easily were suddenly a challenge.

    To make matters worse, our travel team NEVER practiced on a Babe Ruth field. We only have JFK, and that goes to football in the fall. So these kids are going around the Jersey suburbs playing teams that practice on Babe Ruth fields all the time. Our only experience on Babe Ruth fields came in games.

    Got our heads handed to us a few times. But Hoboken Little League doesn’t take a backseat too often. They won 2 District Championships (as all-stars) and 2 fallball championships as Little League travel teams.

    On the Babe Ruth level they lost a championship to a team that mostly won on the mercy rule. 1 – 0. Kenny Roder was brilliant. But a little practice might have helped.

    No one from the council or mayor’s office went to a single game. I maintain a team that good only comes along every 20 years. It’s so often these kids have had to be better than the adults they’re supposed to look up to.[/quote]
    Westful, you sound very passionate about baseball. Seriously, it takes passion to get anything done. I was born and raised in Williamsport, PA, home of the Little League World Series – and now find myself living in Hoboken, home of baseball – I think. (What’s that about?)I am not an avid baseball fan but I am all for the game, especially when it comes to “the children.” I would challenge you to stand before the City Council at their next meeting and pretty much read off what you just wrote. I see young kids practicing early in the morning and late at night because there is not enough field space in Hoboken. What a freakin’ shame. Now believe me, every member on the council will yes you to death, but you, the one with passion to see it through will have to make it happen. Push now before there is no spaces left to put a field. 1600 Park is probably your next opportunity for a space already on the books to be developed as a park. I have all of the documents (through OPRA) and their is no baseball field on the renderings that were sent out for Green Acres funding. You got tennis and baseball courts. This is from March 2007. The good news, if the council will keep its word and involved the public in future park development, maybe you can still get your field. All the best.

  3. blahblahblah says:

    Now there is a good way to start messing up the fields, by letting your dog run around without a leaah. Although the picture was without a head i think I would give the owner a pass based upon body. Also I do beleive Hoboken still has the nicest LL Field and its views and surroundings are second to none.

  4. strand tramp says:

    wow, who’s the hottie in the yellow pants with the tight rack? nice!

  5. beamrider9 says:

    Wait… so you can’t just go there and play tennis, you have to go to Weehawken City Hall first to get a permit? Is this just something silly that they have to say for insurance purposes? Or am I misunderstanding?

  6. MidnightRacer says:

    Here’s my idea.

    I say we all skip work and go on a field trip. Hoboken411 (Perry) can be our chaperone who’ll lead us single file with Hoboken411 mascot Oscar to the Waterfront Park. Of course, we’ll have to have our permission letters signed by significant others, goldfish or turtles (someone here likes turtles). Then we can play some kick ball Elk’s Club style 😈

  7. hoboken411 says:

    [quote comment=”45807″]Wait… so you can’t just go there and play tennis, you have to go to Weehawken City Hall first to get a permit? Is this just something silly that they have to say for insurance purposes? Or am I misunderstanding?[/quote]

    At least for the first year. They may open it up for casual use later on.

    One thing I forgot to mention, was that they’re still deciding on what the park “hours” are going to be.

    They’ve narrowed it down to three choices:
    – 24hrs
    – close at midnight
    – close at 1:00am

  8. homeworld says:

    That lady has to be the worst TV news anchorwoman ever.

  9. escaped68 says:

    Do you see the blgs in the background , they are the vent blgs from the lincoln tunnel . Do you realize the amount of pollution that comes out of them, its pure carbom monoxide vent from all three tubes ,it goes out of the vents on the roof and mushrooms out and down on any and all in the park. If anyone tells you there is no danger they are full of shit.There are no filters and any type of cleaning its pure cancer causing agents.

  10. tullipsandlillies says:

    no DOG run???

  11. Max_Power says:

    [quote comment=”45793″]wow, who’s the hottie in the yellow pants with the tight rack? nice![/quote]

    Looks like Oscar is earning his keep, eh 411?

  12. frink says:

    [quote comment=”45807″]Wait… so you can’t just go there and play tennis, you have to go to Weehawken City Hall first to get a permit? Is this just something silly that they have to say for insurance purposes? Or am I misunderstanding?[/quote]

    NYC has the same rule.

  13. hobokentownie says:

    Wait until it sinks into the water like our water front walkway. Do the issue gas masks to the people who jog by the Lincoln Tunnel exhaust vents?

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