Parks becoming “Playgrounds”

Church Square Park {in disrepair}

Wow, didn’t Church Square Park JUST get re-done? Boy, those brainiacs at City Hall sure know how to pick winners!

The playground artificial surface already being ripped out. WTF?

Regardless if this was “an area in need of repair,” why can’t they fill this “safe rubbery surface” instead of replacing it? God forbid junior falls on the one square inch of surface that isn’t soft and cushy. Man, when we were kids there was none of this over-protective BS on the ground. I guess that’s why finding a “real” man will become a rarity in the future.

Church Square Park in Hoboken NJ already in disrepair

Less parks in Hoboken, NJ – More playgrounds!

1/16/2013 Update:

Over the past couple weeks, Hoboken411 has received many emails from residents regarding Church Square Park.

The general tone basically boils down to how astounded people are at how much of the useful “open space” has been transformed into what is now essentially a giant kiddie park.

One reader even suggested renaming the “park” to Church Square Playground.

(Oh and we already mentioned another case of “scope creep” that takes place regularly here when it comes to city contracts. They all of a sudden realized they need tens of thousands of more property taxpayer dollars for these toys…)

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26 Comments on "Parks becoming “Playgrounds”"


animal_lover
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animal_lover
2 years 4 months ago

Journey, a dissenting opinion is not hating on anyone. That sort of language is what breeds divisiveness.

animal_lover
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animal_lover
2 years 4 months ago

This admin does not represent the community-at-large. If it were not for the County Park – Columbus Park – there would be no park in Hoboken. The Parks were turned into playgrounds and the Library is not usable now because of the noise levels.

The kids what know the pleasures of a large state or national park. The impetus of the Mommy contingent park to playground transform was a woman who thought why can’t I have the equipment of Liberty State in my community park. Sure enough they got Zimmer in and had no respect for the community park. Not just any community park but the one that houses a church and library.

Journey
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Journey
2 years 4 months ago

Hate on Zimmer all you like, but the truth of the matter is that most of the park to playground transformation began with Roberts.

The astro turf at Church Square park.
The toddler park at Church Square park.
Pier C.

Because of the Roberts projects at Church Square all changes have to go through public hearings. Have you shown up to voice your point of view?[quote comment=”222816″]This admin does not represent the community-at-large. If it were not for the County Park – Columbus Park – there would be no park in Hoboken. The Parks were turned into playgrounds and the Library is not usable now because of the noise levels.The kids what know the pleasures of a large state or national park. The impetus of the Mommy contingent park to playground transform was a woman who thought why can’t I have the equipment of Liberty State in my community park. Sure enough they got Zimmer in and had no respect for the community park. Not just any community park but the one that houses a church and library.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover
2 years 4 months ago

Yes, I have expressed the concerns from the very first stages and all along, as well as encouraging others to vote. And guess what happened today Journey. A group of children racing on the sidewalks knocked over an adult. The same group I had warned earlier, an adult guardian was no where in site.

So yes Journey the community does care and regulary expresses its concerns but is ignored and thus why you must admit that the Communit-at-Large is not being served only damaged![quote comment=”222821″]Hate on Zimmer all you like, but the truth of the matter is that most of the park to playground transformation began with Roberts.The astro turf at Church Square park. The toddler park at Church Square park. Pier C.Because of the Roberts projects at Church Square all changes have to go through public hearings. Have you shown up to voice your point of view?[/quote]

iforgotmymantra
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iforgotmymantra
2 years 4 months ago

I’m sorry to say that I am laughing this is torn up already. The plain asphalt playgrounds from my childhood were never re-paved, and for that matter did not need re-paving. Probably a few kids fell and knocked their teeth out and broke some bones, but this is what happens when you play without fear.

Journey
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Journey
2 years 4 months ago

The toddler section was not updated recently and the rubber surface was worn and crumbling. They did recently update the section for older children. [quote comment=”222812″]I’m sorry to say that I am laughing this is torn up already. The plain asphalt playgrounds from my childhood were never re-paved, and for that matter did not need re-paving. Probably a few kids fell and knocked their teeth out and broke some bones, but this is what happens when you play without fear.[/quote]

TheMeedles
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TheMeedles
3 years 6 months ago

In addition, I always wondered why Hoboken doesn’t fence off the grassy areas of the park, like Central Park, in the off season to let the grass get back into shape. Half of church square is literally just dirt….

TheMeedles
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TheMeedles
3 years 6 months ago

Seems to me that the dog park is a worse use of space given the amount of people that actually utilize it. It takes up tremedous square footage in Church Square and also consistently smells very bad….

Adam_C
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Adam_C
3 years 6 months ago

We wouldn’t need big dog parks if we didn’t have stupid laws like no dogs on the grass or requiring a leash. If you want those dog control laws, you have to accept that. [quote comment=”219139″]Seems to me that the dog park is a worse use of space given the amount of people that actually utilize it. It takes up tremedous square footage in Church Square and also consistently smells very bad….[/quote]

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