Hoboken park liability?

Church Square Park apparatus looks like trouble

Adding on to the photo post from last week, what is the first thing you think about when you see the photo below taken at Church Square Park?

Is a massive rope gym a good or bad thing in Hoboken?

My feelings are mixed about it. Initially, I thought “Wow, they’ve come a long way with playground equipment since I was a kid. We’d have to go to Action Park for stuff like this! What a blast!”

Then upon further inspection – and the sheer height of this monstrous contraption (at least 15 feet or more), I began to wonder what kind of disastrous injuries might happen to kids (especially if dozens of them are hyper-actively going berserk simultaneously?)

At the very least, I suspect sprains and other minor injuries, like fingers getting caught, etc. And at the very worst – it’s possible some kid will take massive fall, and hurt his neck as they get caught up in the ropes like a rag-doll.

Imagine someone gets paralyzed using this?

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21 Comments on "Hoboken park liability?"


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TheMeedles
2 years 7 months ago

The main slide in Church Square Park is an accident waiting to happen. It has no stairs to the top and is very difficult to traverse with open sides at the top. There is no doubt someone will get injured trying to climb this very tall and open structure. Plus, what an eye sore in such a comfy local park…

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animal_lover
2 years 8 months ago

This is an obstruction to a public square. The City has violated their duty of performance by building for a subgroup and interfering in the quiet enjoyment of the library, church, park and surrounding shops and eateries.

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briank
2 years 8 months ago

Are the basketball courts an obstruction? The gazebo? The trees? Does an ideal public square resemble a parking lot in your opinion?
All the things to complain about in this town- waste, fraud, corruption, bad development planning, ummm flooding, etc and people want to complain about improving a park?!
Get off my lawn!!!!
Haha![quote comment=”218617″]This is an obstruction to a public square. The City has violated their duty of performance by building for a subgroup and interfering in the quiet enjoyment of the library, church, park and surrounding shops and eateries.[/quote]

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Journey
2 years 8 months ago

If you want quiet, move to the suburbs. Cities are noisy and people have to share common use amenities.

Your demand for quiet could also be include getting rid of dog runs because who wants to listen to dogs barking near a library.

[quote comment=”218617″]This is an obstruction to a public square. The City has violated their duty of performance by building for a subgroup and interfering in the quiet enjoyment of the library, church, park and surrounding shops and eateries.[/quote]

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Chow
2 years 8 months ago

With that statement I guess you would agree that dog parks should be torn down as well. Cat owners feel slighted.

Quiet enjoyment of the library – I forgot children’s laughter is disruptive.

I doubt the pastors at the church have ever complained and since OLG is part of Hoboken Catholic and has the Mustard Seed School on its property that argument has no value.

Stick with eating cat food alone and watching Murder She Wrote. You are a miserable person I really feel sorry for you.[quote comment=”218617″]This is an obstruction to a public square. The City has violated their duty of performance by building for a subgroup and interfering in the quiet enjoyment of the library, church, park and surrounding shops and eateries.[/quote]

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Journey
2 years 8 months ago

And don’t forget the funds raised by moms for the renovations.

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Journey
2 years 8 months ago

I have watched the physical children play on the old equipment. It was too simple and unchallenging, they resorted to climbing on it in ways it was not intended for. Amount them my 4 year old. Crawling through a plastic tunnel is boring when you can climb on it..

My 4 year old loves Newport Green, which has equipment from the same manufacturer. It would be nice to be able to challenge her without having to walk to Newport.

I have watched my cousin’s kids at park with old classic equipment, both are athletic, D is a black belt and S takes gymnastics several times a week. Want to know what part of the swing set they were using? The part up top that holds up the swings.

Children learn how to judge and manage risk, by being exposed to it. I don’t want to see my kid with a broken bone, but know that I learned when I broke my arm falling off a balance beam, sprained my ankle from a bad dismount from the uneven bars, other sprains from tree climbing. I’m a grown up that doesn’t wander into the street while texting. I grew up the way I’m raising my child, with gradually increasing degrees of risk.

I do let her use a tablet, she likes the app that gives her points for getting addition and subtraction problems right. The spelling aspect of the app is bit harder, but that is lesson in how to learn from failure.

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CumpyCP
2 years 8 months ago

Considering the high volume of dangerous things present in our fine city, we should definitely *require* pedestrian helmets for everyone.