Sinatra Park still getting used!
Unhappy residents find way to play on Sinatra Field
Hundreds of Hoboken residents are still angry about this whole Sinatra Park Soccer Field conundrum. And despite the signs warning that the park is closed, and trespassing isn’t allowed – these two daring dudes found a way to play a little baseball yesterday. Right or wrong?
See more about the soccer field mess after the jump!
In what I can only assume is a response to yesterday’s Hoboken411 article, the website of the Hoboken Youth Soccer League has removed it’s “sincere thanks” to Dawn Zimmer and Leo Pellegrini. Apparently there’s more than one “Disgusted Soccer Mom” out there unhappy with this situation, and the attempts by some at City Hall to take political advantage of it.
The website has been changed to say:
SEE THE ORIGINAL ANGRY HOBOKEN MOM’S LETTER BELOW!
Oh boy, here’s a letter received today from a Hoboken411 reader unhappy about the Sinatra Park Soccer Field falling into the river, and how some politicians are trying to win political points from the situation without doing anything real to bring us new recreational facilities:
The collapse of “parts” of Sinatra Field has angered and alarmed many families in Hoboken and once again drawn attention to the serious lack of open space and recreational facilities in Hoboken.
A look at the Hoboken Youth Soccer League (which is run by much appreciated volunteers) website shows that games will be now be played in Weehawken. I’m glad that the kids can still play, however, are there no other facilities in Hoboken? What happened to the parks? Where are the playing fields? The website thanks “Mayor” Zimmer, (well not yet, but I digress) for helping to find a place outside Hoboken.
Gee, thanks to the Acting Mayor for another band-aid solution. Wasn’t she (and the Council) supposed to be monitoring the Field and taking action when other parts of the walkway were already collapsing? Are we supposed to be appreciative that because we now have so little space we have to go to another town for our kids to play? Will we have to pay Weehawken for the use of their fields?
Council President/Acting Mayor Zimmer touted a pro-parks platform, I just assumed it was Hoboken parks. Do voters forget that only 2 years ago then Councilperson Zimmer removed the word “maintenance” from the open space fund resolution? The implication is the funds can only go to new park space and not for repairing open space. So now the piers have to be rebuilt. Great job. What more can we look forward to?
Signed, Disgusted Soccer Mom“
Pellegrini promotes Zimmer
A full story on Zimmer’s choice for Human Services Director, Leo Pellegrini, is on the way (keep those tips coming!). He’s also a director of the Hoboken Youth Soccer League who joined with ex-Mayor David Roberts to whip the city into an “emergency” frenzy designed to replace the turf on the soccer field. Now Pellegrini appears to be using his multiple hats to spin this situation in Zimmer’s favor by applauding her on his Soccer League website. Pellegrini has been on the job (and the payroll) for weeks even though the City Council has yet to confirm him or any of Zimmer’s other proposed Directors.
Open Space Trust Fund Twist
As the writer above notes, the city won’t be able to use Open Space Trust Fund money to help pay for the yet-undetermined amount of money that will be needed to save the soccer field from continuing to slide into the Hudson River. The original Open Space Tax ordinance proposed by Mayor David Roberts did not include a clause allowing the money to be used for existing park maintenance. That was added by council members Chris Campos and Nino Giacchi before Zimmer was elected. They included it for just this kind of situation, but Zimmer pushed to have the wording removed. Following the change Zimmer proceeded to claim all credit for the Open Space Trust Fund. Now her efforts may come back to haunt her (and soccer players throughout the city) because this fund can’t be used to help fund repairs at Sinatra Field (and money ain’t exactly growing on trees these days).
What is this all going to cost?
I’m hearing it may take millions of dollars to completely re-build the nineteenth century stone retaining walls that hold the fill the waterfront field is built on. Should this money be spent on the river, or is it time to build more soccer fields (yes, plural) in another part of Hoboken? How long will Hoboken soccer players have to shlep to Weehawken? Share your views on the situation – and the reader mail above – below in the comments section.
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