Reader Mail: Shoprite park


Here we have 411 reader “-M-” making some observations about the mini ShopRite “park”:

“That Shop-Rite park that everyone makes fun of? What is up with it?

I had to park up there tonight. So I get out of the car and I was talking on my cell phone for a few minutes and it slowly catches up with me that the park is in rough shape. It looks like no one has been out there to maintain it in quite some time.

Just to give some examples, the plantings have started to grow out of their boxes and annex a few of the park benches. Around the edges the perimeter is covered in like an inch or so of sand piling up in drifts. There is graffiti on the chessboards, which don’t look like they’re being used for chess given the even dozen Heineken bottlecaps scattered on the ground.

There is a lot of trash and construction debris, maybe from the building next door. I was thinking it was storm debris, but some of it was stacked up, like a sheet of plywood was under an empty cannister of roofing tar.

What gives? Compared with the other parks in town, isn’t this one relatively new? Wasn’t this supposed to be the model of developer give-back? I know nobody uses it, but it seems the city has just . . . forgotten about it.

– M -“


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20 Comments on "Reader Mail: Shoprite park"

8 years 5 months ago

yea, this is my neck of the woods, ive never seen a person @ that so called park. tons of construction going on in the area, garbage all over the place, you would think that after construction is done they’ll clean up…NOT 😈

8 years 5 months ago

This park is awesome! Last weekend we all played some touch football and Frisbee, then some softball. Afterwards, we used the bar-b-q pits to cook up some burgers, dogs and ribs.

Best Saturday ever. Thank you Hoboken City Counsel for making the developers give back to the community from which they are profiting so handsomely!

8 years 5 months ago

This park is a sad, unfunny joke. It’s state of squalor isn’t new – it’s not kept up because (obviously) no one pays attention to it, other than the handful of people like me who sometimes walk by it on the way to the light rail.

Which developer built it? Is it a Pupie Park?

8 years 5 months ago

Mucho punch drunk love for this park. Me and my forty hang out here on the weekends.

8 years 5 months ago

What the hell is the city’s definition of a park? This is an island between concrete and asphalt that a few shrubs are planted on. I guess if you throw a bench in the mix it its called a park. Then I guess all the bus stops with benches are really sidewalk parks. Get real.