Reader Mail: Shoprite park

8/14/2007:

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 Responses

  1. legendkiller says:

    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 😈

  2. rag246 says:

    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!
    :mrgreen:

  3. beamrider9 says:

    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?

  4. MidnightRacer says:

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

  5. moproteus says:

    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.

  6. Jay says:

    I love this park – I know some people might think of this as ‘landscaping’ at the end of a parking lot but on a hot summers evening I can’t think of anywhere else to go to escape the craziness of city life. This is like a little corner of paradise, right here in Hoboken.

    Sometimes I lie for hours on the bench listening to the soothing drone of the delivery trucks going buy, downing Heinekens like a hungry new born. Other times I stroll amongst the ever greens, lost in an arbor of tranquility.

    Last Sunday I decided to run around the park for some fitness training, it was quite a work out – I was aiming to beat my PB lap time of 27 seconds, it ended up taking me 4 hours, 37 minutes and 15 seconds, I think I took a wrong turn by the roofing tar can and ended up lost in a maze of flora.

    Next week I plan on hitting the park down town on Newark – although I’ll be taking my tent and a packed lunch just in case I can’t find my way out.

  7. MidnightRacer says:

    Hey Jay, that’s quite a journey. Might you hang the thumb and hitch a ride down there for such a trek to find yourself.

    Bon Voyage, Jay. Vaya Con Dios. And, Chili Con Queso.

  8. rag246 says:

    moproteus: What the hell is the city’s definition of a park?

    I’m guessing any parcel of land that can’t be built up and sold for over $500/sqft.

    😕

  9. Jay says:

    [quote comment=”39076″]Hey Jay, that’s quite a journey. Might you hang the thumb and hitch a ride down there for such a trek to find yourself.

    Bon Voyage, Jay. Vaya Con Dios. And, Chili Con Queso.[/quote]

    If you guys don’t hear from me for a few days, can you send in the dogs (from the dog run)? I’m thinking of attaching one of those global positioning devices like skiers use in case of an avalanche…………….

  10. matt_72 says:

    [quote comment=”39082″]moproteus: What the hell is the city’s definition of a park?

    I’m guessing any parcel of land that can’t be built up and sold for over $500/sqft.

    :?[/quote]

    By that definition, the middle of the street is a park.

  11. homeworld says:

    at least it’s not collapsing into the Hudson River

  12. rag246 says:

    “By that definition, the middle of the street is a park.”

    Where else are you going to play stickball in Hoboken?

  13. Jay says:

    I love the middle of the street………

  14. maxnbaci says:

    Shoprite State Park is a great spot to take your dog for a quick run and a grassy poop. Otherwise there is an occasional dude drinking a beer out of a brown bag, or some Shoprite guys smoking. They look like they use to try and keep it clean, but no longer. The trash can are emptied every 7 months.

  15. MidnightRacer says:

    Damn, I thought those were discarded brownies

  16. strand tramp says:

    the landscape design and the use of materials is actually quite nice. if the builder of the shoprite was required to put this in, he did a very nice job and the residents in the area should be grateful. unfortunately it would be the property of the shoprite IMO, and it would be up to the store manager to pay for the upkeep of the “park”. you can appeal directly to the store manager…or contact the shoprite corporation…or volunteer to do the work yourself. i was actually looking at that little park on sunday when i came out of the store. Question for you guys that live there; why did i see 4-5 large groups of guys crossing the parking lot from the NE to the SW. they all seemed to have backpacks or bags…it that a route to the light rail or something?

  17. Jay says:

    [quote comment=”39119″] Question for you guys that live there; why did i see 4-5 large groups of guys crossing the parking lot from the NE to the SW. they all seemed to have backpacks or bags…it that a route to the light rail or something?[/quote]

    Probably terrorists.

  18. shutit says:

    [quote comment=”39119″]Question for you guys that live there; why did i see 4-5 large groups of guys crossing the parking lot from the NE to the SW. they all seemed to have backpacks or bags…it that a route to the light rail or something?[/quote]

    They live in the park, be careful not to trip over them

  19. maxnbaci says:

    Between the guys working at that ugly Upper Grande Apartment eyesore on Jefferson, the Light Rail station on 9th, the Homeless living on the cliff, and the guys working at that Truck Depot, take your pick.

  20. katie says:

    Believe it or not, I have actually seen people playing Frisbee there. I have also seen people using the chess/checker boards. And people playing with their dogs there. However, the max amount of people I’ve seen in the park at one time is 2. And probably the total amount of times I’ve seen anybody in it is 6. But I’m not over there very frequently.

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