Fund for a Better Waterfront
Mayor Roberts responds to the FBW regarding the Maxwell Place Park:
“I believe in progress.
The City’s parks concepts, especially the one that pertains to the Maxwell Place Waterfront Park, have evolved over the years.
When first conceived, before my Administration, one of the ideas from the proposed developers was to create a parks conservancy to manage and administer new open space facilities, such as the one at Maxwell Place. This idea was embraced by Ron Hine and his Fund for a Better Waterfront.
Over the past few years it was determined through careful planning in close partnership with the City Council, zoning board, and progressive members of the community that the City, not a conservancy, should operate and maintain City owned public spaces. Unfortunately, Mr. Hine, who hoped to administer the conservancy, apparently opposes the fact that the City is maintaining Maxwell Place Waterfront Park in conjunction with Toll Brothers, the developer of the project at the present time.
As you are aware, this is a beautiful facility. It contains more green space than the original plan, a child’s play area, a stunning beach, a waterfront walkway, and soon, a fishing pier and kayaking program for kids and adults out of the boathouse. It is breathtaking. There’s even a place for you to bring Oscar, your trusted dog.
It is unfortunate to hear that Mr. Hine’s love for granite curbs has clouded his vision of green spaces for people to enjoy.
This park is a gem and I was proud to officiate the grand opening. We are committed to creating even more open space and ball fields and to working for you.
Please feel free to share this with your many readers.
Mayor David Roberts“
The good news and the bad concerning Maxwell Place Park
On Tuesday, September 18, Hoboken Mayor David Roberts cut the ribbon to officially open the waterfront park at Maxwell Place. What has been in the works since early 2001, prior to Roberts election as Mayor, is now becoming a reality. This park is noteworthy for several reasons. The fact that the developers devoted more than 1/3 of their land for a public park is unprecedented along New Jersey’s Hudson River “gold coast” where developers have sought to keep as much of this valuable land for their own use as possible.
In addition, Maxwell Place Park, which will be about five acres when completed, provides a significant addition to Hoboken’s continuous, linear waterfront park. The Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) is responsible for both the original concept of a continuous, public waterfront park for Hoboken (part of its plan for the Hoboken waterfront created in 1990) and the proposal at the Maxwell Place site to dedicate the land on the riverside of Sinatra Drive North for a public park.
Unfortunately, the park that was opened with great fanfare on Tuesday was not the park promised back in 2001. Once the developers decided to donate the parkland to the City, the City chose to exclude FBW from the process of creating this park. Concrete curbing was substituted for granite. Most of the expansive natural beach was covered with rip-rap. The number and size of the trees, especially along the walkway was drastically reduced. The opportunity to create a world class waterfront in Hoboken has been seriously diminished.
Description – The mission of the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) is to secure the water’s edge along the Hudson River as public parkland that will be enjoyed by people of all walks of life for generations to come
Website – www.betterwaterfront.org
Address – PO Box 1965, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-217-0500