Rooftop parks: Ridiculous


Someone told me about a political fluff piece from City Hall, and Mayor Roberts suggesting “innovative” ways to pay developers to add more park space to the city, especially since the ones we have are tainted, citing “low cost” playing surfaces, etc.

I didn’t bother with the story, because it was just that, “a story.”

However, at least one councilperson sent me an email with their opinions about Davey’s latest publicity stunt.

hoboken rooftop parks - Rooftop parks: Ridiculous

From 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason:

“As second ward councilwoman, I have to agree with others that Mayor David Roberts’ idea of creating more rooftop parks on top of the city garage is a way to protect developers, not create more recreation space for residents.

I have been an advocate for more parks and more green space long before I became a member of the city council. I served as chairperson for the Master Plan Subcommittee of the Planning Board and there was a plan for parks, which has been continually eroded away by the Roberts Administration to accommodate more and more development. Mayor Roberts has avoided doing what he promised to do — create real parks accessible to residents.

When Mayor Roberts promoted the park referendum, he promised to create more open space for parks, he didn’t say he was going to create pseudo parks 70 feet off the ground that are accessible only by elevators.

Given representation at the last city council meeting and the ability to put extra floors maybe the city should be considering additional parking instead. The mayor’s plan to put a park on top of the city parking garage precludes the possibility of ever increasing the size of the garage to create more needed parking.

We need real parks at ground level, not parks on top of parking garages or on top of high-ise buildings. We need parks that improve our quality of life.

The mayor’s clear intent here is to preserve open space for more high-rise development, not to improve recreation and create the parks he promised to build. He’s putting the interests of developers ahead of the quality of life of our residents.”

Beth Mason

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 12:13 pm

[quote comment=”80074″]I don’t understand why every positive idea has to be turned into something negative on this board. As a mother I value any open spacein this town just as much as anyone else and I think that a rooftop field is a great idea. In cities that are highly populated, like Hoboken, sometimes there’s no where else to go, but up. I believe in Union city or some other surrounding town this type of field was created and is very successful. If people are concerned about creating more open space in Hoboken I don’t understand why the wouldn’t be supportive of this idea. Just because you have to take an elevator up to it doesn’t make it any less of a park than any other park in town. We are living in a city, let’s not kid ourselves here, it’s not like crossing a street full of traffic and seeing cars, trucks and buses go by when you’re in a street level park really creates that outdoorsey feeling. And hey, it’d probably have a great view, to boot. Lighten up people, let’s think positively.[/quote] This isn’t about not having parks on top of buildings, it’s about failed promises, election campaigning and the ability to fool citizens like yourself into believing your Mayor cares about your kids more than his pockets lined by developers. The Mayor originally ran on the premise/plan of creating many parks in Hoboken. He never lived up to that plan since he supposedly raised over a… Read more »

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 11:30 am

oh so the inset picture isn’t Beth Mason? :mrgreen:

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 10:50 am

re: 39, great idea Strand Tramp!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 10:44 am

Good point ST. I took Friday off and was wandering around Hoboken … during my travels I happened through CSP. This was at approximately 10:45am. It was overrun by school kids having gym class. In fact, as I walked up the path towards the corner of 5th and Garden, a teacher asked me to “Stand back, they’re playing kickball.” I threw her a disgusted look and waited about 30 seconds. When the kid (probably under 10) still wasn’t ready to “pitch” the ball I walked through, I had places to be.

I was pretty aggravated about it. They take over the entire park and then have the nerve to ask us not to walk on the paths? Cut me a break.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 9:36 am

if it is such a good idea then let’s start with the elementary schools. by putting recreational space on the roof of a school we take pressure off CSP and make it safer for the kids by not having to shuttle them from the school across city streets to the park and back again. certainly if roberts idea is sound for residents it is sound for the school kids too, right? with tall fencing around the perimeter i don’t see why the kids couldn’t have small playgrounds on the school roofs. there you go davey, hand out some contracts…

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