Youth Soccer League stays put?
After the Sinatra Park pier collapsed last week, some Hoboken soccer moms became angry at the way the city was handling the situation, including shipping kids off to Weehawken to play games while the city sorts out the mess they created.
Press release from 2nd Ward Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate Beth Mason below detailing how the games will be reeled back to Hoboken (at Stevens Institute):
Plan to save the Youth Soccer League
Mason Brokers talks between Stevens Tech and the City for use of field
“Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason is working on a plan that can save the Youth Soccer League season for hundreds of the city’s boys and girls.
Mason has arranged for the athletic director of Stevens Institute of Technology to work with city officials to use the college’s DeBaun Athletic Complex for youth soccer games this fall.
The newly refurbished DeBaun Complex is the home field for the Stevens soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and baseball programs.
Mason intervened after the youth soccer field at Sinatra Park was closed due to unsafe conditions resulting from the collapse of the adjacent waterfront walkway.
Mason said she was glad to make the arrangements that will hopefully lead to a full schedule of youth soccer games at a local venue, rather than having them travel to Weehawken.
“So many boys and girls are passionate about soccer in our city and I couldn’t imagine them going an entire season without having the opportunity to take the field,” said Mason. “So I reached out to Steven’s and got a very positive response from the athletic director.”
Mason said having the children able to play their games locally is a big help for them and their parents. ‘Between work schedules, school schedules and homework time, it is already difficult to get parents and young players to games. If we can keep the games local, it will be a great relief to many families.”
Mason said she will monitor the talks between the college and the city’s recreation department to ensure that an arrangement is finalized shortly.
The councilwoman noted that Stevens has come to the rescue previously when Sinatra field was closed for turf replacement. “It just made sense to ask if they would aid us again,” said Mason.
“I believe Steven’s is demonstrating that it wants to be a good neighbor and an asset for all of Hoboken,” said Mason.”