15th & Park update

1/16/2008:

Here’s a little update on the progress at this park on 15th Street.

“Feel good” blurb from the city website:

Mayor David Roberts was on hand to survey the new Hoboken Cove Park. Coming soon to 15 th & Park Avenue, this park area will provide an open ball field along with a state of the art playground for youngsters. Public parking is also available in the new Park On Park garage across the street. The play area marks the completion of another phase of the Hoboken Cove Park open space that will add even more to the great quality of life in our City. This project is an element of Mayor Roberts’s effort to add 17 new acres of open space for both active and passive use.”

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10/18/2007:
Progress being made on the kiddie playground near Harborside Lofts, right next to highly trafficked Park Ave.

I’ve overheard some residents really dislike these run-of-the-mill playgrounds that are popping up all over town. While others feel that some of the existing playgrounds/parks really need to be re-designed with the changing demographic in Hoboken.

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34 Responses

  1. hobokentownie says:

    [quote comment=”49113″]I grew up in the boogie down Bronx and spend my childhood playing in some dilapidated parks. It only really make a difference when you hit the pre-teen years and the peer pressure to smoke, booze, do drugs and join gangs kicks in that parents really make an effort to move to the burbs. The same cycle of families moving out of the “city” to avoid the pit falls of raising children in a city life will happen here to most of these new families unless allot more change occurs.[/quote]
    Ever see “Gangs of Little Rock” on HBO – white kids in the sticks join gangs to.
    Ever here of Columbine? Kids are just crazy.

  2. YipYap says:

    hobokentownie coumbine and the little rock gangs would be the exception to the odds of a “better life”. Like it or not the kids in the burbs have a much higher odds at “better” education than Hoboken. No kid with and 800 SAT is going to be running a fortune 500.

  3. MauMau says:

    Thanks for the back-up Townie, and just so ya know, it’s sista.
    YY, I grew up in the military. My father was an officer. To be promoted, he had to change assignments regularly. We moved about every 2 years. I went to good schools, and bad schools.
    My siblings and I all did, at the very worst, fine, if not great in school regardless of where we lived. Why? Because teaching and learning happened at home as well. Not in a structured way, but my demonstration, explanation, and having to solve day to day problems on our own. How many times did I hear “Look it up in the dictionary”.
    Better schools are an advantage, but so is a family that encouages learning outside of the school environment.

  4. rag246 says:

    [quote comment=”49111″]”Trendy”??? You’ve got to be kidding me!

    Everytime you talk to anyone in NYC, you still have to tell them that Hoboken “is different now”. Trendy my a@#.
    You clearly don’t have kids.

    Moving to the burbs is not only a terrible commute where you don’t have a chance to see your kids, but often one person (often the wife, but certainly not always) has to give up their career, as child care options are even more limited (believe it or not) and both parents can’t do the commute.
    There are many of us committed to making the education in this town work (the biggest hurdle to sticking around) and their should be more support for us.

    I am sick of all of the complaining about the moms and nanny’s in this town ( I know the strollers on wash get annoying but get over it)- as we are a large part of what is turning this city around into a family town, paying taxes, etc.

    You think many of us have been at the local bars, as you suggest?? Give me a break- maybe at 5pm, having a quick bite before the crowds so we can enjoy what hoboken offers as a family.

    I am sick of the complaining.
    P.S., I have been reading hoboken411 for a long time, but this post has inpired me to register and post! 8O[/quote]

    Good.

    Yes, Hoboken is “Trendy” to the NJ suburbanite crowd. As I said, its nice here. Who cares what the morons in Manhattan think. I have friends on the UWS and I beat them home regularly. Let them all move to B-Burg and LI City.

    And from what I can tell, Hoboken has always been a family town…just not WASPs. It’s turning into Ridgewood with a short commute. If I wanted to live in Ridgewood, I’d move there.

  5. SofaKing says:

    Maybe instead of the Round Mound Mayor spending all of that time a few months ago on a 3rd fence opening at Maxwell, he should be spending his time getting the city to work on its portion of the park at Harborside. Here’s an idea, go to a few less ribbon cutting ceremonies and actually sit down and work on the rest of that park. Who knows maybe he just wants to leave that work to the next administration.

  6. DARN says:

    [quote comment=”49110″]
    I am sure the acre I could buy 1.5 hours away would be nice to see when I get home at 10:00 pm.
    [/quote]

    Don’t forget you’d have to mow that acre on Saturday…

  7. hobojoe says:

    Not if you caught on to the infinite wisdom of the City of Hoboken and pulled the ol’ Church Square Park treatment on it…

  8. el norte says:

    Most maps refer to that body of water as the Weehawken Cove. Perhaps the town of Weehawken has something to do with the development of the park.

  9. Friedupright says:

    So where has the public input been in the devlopment of this area. The council has promised over and over that no major new changes would be made without public input. Bull! I’m not against a ball field or even a state of the art playground. I just want to be able to participate in the process before we find ourselves looking at a patched together piece of park at the Cove.

  10. Foster says:

    who planned out that space? The Acme Mulch and Shrubery Company?

  11. hobojoe says:

    Firing up the translator:

    “this park area will provide an open ball field”

    – “but we didn’t say actual ball playing will be allowed there yet now, did we? How about a memorial plaque to the sport of ball playing instead?”

    “along with a state of the art playground”

    – “A space-age material, ‘Astro-turf’ will be extensively utilized”

    “Public parking is also available in the new Park On Park garage across the street”

    – “Until it’s torn down as planned in a few weeks to build a high-rise tower. But you can use the Toll Bros. garage instead – or take a cab to another, larger park out of town, which will end up costing about the same”.

    “that will add even more to the great quality of life in our City”

    – “but while you’re enjoying this park try not to breathe all the demolition and construction dust which will be blanketing this site for the next couple of years due to surrounding development with no dust control measures”

    “This project is an element of Mayor Roberts’s effort to add 17 new acres of open space ”

    – “To that extent, Mayor Roberts’s efforts larglely consist of swooping in at the last minute after others have done all the legwork”

    But please don’t get me wrong. I’m glad a “new” park is actually being built, in one form or another.

  12. homeworld says:

    [quote comment=”62594″]So where has the public input been in the devlopment of this area. The council has promised over and over that no major new changes would be made without public input. Bull! I’m not against a ball field or even a state of the art playground. I just want to be able to participate in the process before we find ourselves looking at a patched together piece of park at the Cove.[/quote]

    Yes all major NEW changes. This was planned and approved years ago. They didn’t just decide this past summer to put the park in.

  13. ShhhDontTell says:

    Ribbon cutting today! Or is it a Grand Opening?

  14. oceanbloo says:

    Since 411 took these pictures on January 16, 2008, nothing else has been done to the park, other than let the grass grow.

    It is now June 26.

    In this city of park-starved people, the Mayor, so keen to take credit for the park (as the photo shows), sure didn’t do much to get it open to the general public. The fact that people will be smugly cutting a ribbon this afternoon when it was something that should have been done months ago leaves me shaking my head.

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