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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Sweet Thunder
3 years 1 month ago

Wow- that thing is really tall! I am comparing it to the size of the red drums of who-knows-what. I can imagine someone easily dangling by a limb. At Elysian Park teenagers like to hang out and abuse the kids’ equipment after hours. I can only imagine what they will do with this thing!

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john14
3 years 1 month ago

Hoboken boot camp!

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Mrs. L
3 years 1 month ago

This is the problem when you overly involve the community and everyone thinks they’re at the shopping mall buying things. You end up with too much without thinking practically. Since when did kids need such elaborate set ups? Oh, I know, when mom shoved the kids in the back seat or a spare room with a DVD player and remote. And this other mom, who got her kid on the tablet at 4 years old so she can refresh her metropolitan cocktail. Now nothing is good enough. I can see 411’s point about injuries, and I think one needs to… Read more »

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Chow
3 years 1 month ago

Such an absurd comment. The new playground at Newport is very similar and all of the playgrounds along the West Street in Manhattan are similar in design. My two children love these types of playgrounds. They emphasize physical fitness, dexterity, coordination and imagination – have you haver seen Spiderman – the gym looks like a giant web. Grass field in Church Square…the grass turns to mud and it is rutted with tree roots. You clearly do not have young children. FYI – my 5 year old loves the iPad and I am thrilled to let him use it because he… Read more »

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Andrews
3 years 1 month ago

I see both sides to this. Yes, kids should be kids… experimentation, failure, bumps and scrapes. But when I was a child, those things happened in a more natural environment, not forced like a playground with larger obstacles. Kids haven’t surged in height or weight, so I cannot understand why the equipment has. I’m putting my money on a paralysis before the end of 2013. Despite the engineered so called safety of this playground, there are always fatalities. Good luck parents![quote comment=”218575″]Such an absurd comment. The new playground at Newport is very similar and all of the playgrounds along the… Read more »

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animal_lover
3 years 1 month ago

Mrs l – well expressed except the overly involved community is really just a small group of moms who want the entire community to pay fortheir wants. [quote comment=”218572″]This is the problem when you overly involve the community and everyone thinks they’re at the shopping mall buying things. You end up with too much without thinking practically. Since when did kids need such elaborate set ups? Oh, I know, when mom shoved the kids in the back seat or a spare room with a DVD player and remote. And this other mom, who got her kid on the tablet at… Read more »

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Chow
3 years 1 month ago

The dominate majority of people who use all of the parks in town are families. By comparison, dog runs which take up a disproportionate amount of space and at the most have 10 people in them at peak times. I am a father of 2 kids and love seeing my kids climbing the ropes at newport green. You clearly do not have children – where will these athletic events be held? Soccer closes out and the field sunk. What plans do you have for the park other than uninformed criticism?[quote comment=”218603″]Mrs l – well expressed except the overly involved community… Read more »

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briank
3 years 1 month ago

Yes- a public park is meant just for the few. What part of “public” don’t you understand? Also, on case you didn’t notice, there are thousands of children under the age of 10 in this town. Why shouldn’t we improve our existing infrastructure to benefit such a large cohort of people? It’s not like we are appropriating limited space for frisbee golf/insert niche outside activity here. For the property taxes we pay in town either directly or via rent, it’s pretty darn nice to see some of that massive budget go to a quality of life project, instead f the… Read more »

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funattherun
3 years 1 month ago

I think it’s fun! We must leave aside the paranoia once in awhile and live a little. You can easily break your neck using the swings or climbing another one of these less complicated apparatuses, as a matter of fact i find this thing on the picture safer since you can hold on to several things. If you never had a bruise or cut a finger, or fell on your head YOU DID NOT HAVE A CHILDHOOOD!!!!! 😀

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HansBrix
3 years 1 month ago

“Kids haven’t surged in height or weight” I dunno. Height…maybe not. But they do seem fatter on average. And with their weak t-rex arms, how many are even capable of reaching the dangerous spots? When I was a kid we had Jungle Gyms and other far-off-the-ground equipment all with lots of sand underneath. Playground injuries were rare. We also climbed trees. This is where most of the fun and danger lurked. When some kid turned up in school with his arm in a sling it was almost always from falling out of a tree. The biggest difference between then and… Read more »

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Chow
3 years 1 month ago

HansBrix – with out litigious plaintiff’s looking for paydays there would not be an overabundance of lawyers willing to litigate. However, good citizens like yourself most likely try to avoid jury duty. If you actually sat on a jury and the case was frivolous it would be dismissed. However, the real problem is the over abundance of entitled people who think jury duty is beneath them and make every attempt to avoid their civic obligation. If B.S. cases got dismissed with regularity the number of B.S. cases brought would dwindle. Lastly, there is an assumption of risk when it comes… Read more »

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