Does Hoboken hate swimming pools?

7/15/2010:

Swimming pools FAIL in Hoboken!

Hoboken and swimming pools don’t seem to have a good relationship.

From being promised a “community pool” over in the western edge years ago (which failed because politics brought progress to a halt), to a unique floating pool – which eventually went over to Brooklyn & the Bronx (once again because of fumbling politicians – but hey, we got the kidney shaped Pier C Park that wants to fry the skin off your kids instead!). And of course, there’s been some controversy as of late because the one community pool we do have, is only open less than half the summer.

Heck, even residents WITH pools – like at one of the Shipyard buildings uptown, have their own share of problems (leaks, vehicular damage, etc.)

One resident sent this photo in and dreamed: “We sure could use this pool in Hoboken!”

dreams of a swimming pool in Hoboken NJ - Does Hoboken hate swimming pools?

Counterpoint: Can Hoboken even sustain a pool?

It sure is optimistic to want everything under the sun in the 1.3 square mile city of Hoboken. Then you’d never have to leave the utopia you call home.

However, other residents think it’s borderline ridiculous to try and cram a pool big enough to serve the over 50,000 who live here. There is just not enough land to build one that makes sense – or to afford to run it without charging membership fees that would also be criticized (everyone wants something for free.)

“If you want your damn community pool, then move to the suburbs or get in your car and drive to Secaucus or Union City!” said one Hoboken411 reader.

So with that being said – how do you cool off when it’s hot and humid out?

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xyzpdq
xyzpdq
Thursday, July 15, 2010 2:10 pm

It would be great if Hoboken had a real community pool. It’s nowhere near a top priority item though. We need more parks first. Kids need places to play ball. City hall is such a mess it could be years before they get that soccer field open again. The kids can’t play on it but every time I pass buy there are adults kicking around a ball. Sucks.

animal_lover
animal_lover
Reply to  xyzpdq
Sunday, July 25, 2010 12:13 am

The irony is that Weehawken residents can use Stevens pool for free. What wrong w playing at the Weehawken fields? These were planned as part of the community. You can’t reverse engineer quality of life. There is no space here go to liberty park or perhaps you and about 10,000 others could move then we could use that freed up space to build a park.[quote comment=”194671″]It would be great if Hoboken had a real community pool. It’s nowhere near a top priority item though. We need more parks first. Kids need places to play ball. City hall is such a mess it could be years before they get that soccer field open again. The kids can’t play on it but every time I pass buy there are adults kicking around a ball. Sucks.[/quote]

animalcrackers
animalcrackers
Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:29 pm

Pier C closed. Sinatra Park closed. An outdoor temporary garage that blocks access to a dialysis center and a business that employs30 people. A public pool that aids the most unfortunate of our community closed for more than half the summer. A mayor that supports a governor who wants to eliminate school lunches. A Council VP that gets his brother on the library board and plays fast and easy with gov’t contracts. A new BA that double dips on the taxpayer dime to a quarter of a million dollars. A 4th ward appointed councilman that rakes the taxpayer with a county job, bilking taxpayers with a lawsuit and a council salary ranting against government workers. Claims of a 25% tax decrease that end up being a “slight” increase. Claims of eliminating over 500 cars off the street with a car program that will never reach that pr bs. A political consultant spokesperson (check out the guys website) hired to spin for the mayor along with her confidential aide and civil service public information officer. Count em’ three dudes on the payroll to spin in a city of less than 50,000 people. A mayor that attends political rallies and extolls the virtues of fighting against new ratables, jobs and new ammenities that come with progress. A mayor that surrounds herself with a cast of characters that live in new developments and then rail against development. A traffic guy that makes claims that the crosstown bus will be self-sufficient and a year… Read more »

FMTVENG
FMTVENG
Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:09 am

i agree with the person who emailed in — if you want a pool move into a building that has one, or if you can’t afford it go to one of the neighboring citys public pools

whineanddineinhob
whineanddineinhob
Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:32 am

LMAO. ‘There are more people in “Oddfellows” on any given day then in that pool. Where is that location? Sara Palin’s back yard in Alaska?

homeworld
homeworld
Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:10 am

“If you want your damn community pool, then move to the suburbs or get in your car and drive to Secaucus or Union City!” said

If only Hoboken could aspire to the greatest of such cities as Bayonne and Union City.

escaped68
escaped68
Reply to  homeworld
Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:48 am

Union City and Bayonne great, I hope you are BSing me[quote comment=”194644″]“If you want your damn community pool, then move to the suburbs or get in your car and drive to Secaucus or Union City!” saidIf only Hoboken could aspire to the greatest of such cities as Bayonne and Union City.[/quote]

homeworld
homeworld
Reply to  escaped68
Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:01 pm

Apparently people like FMTVENG agree.[quote comment=”194647″]Union City and Bayonne great, I hope you are BSing me

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