Does Hoboken hate swimming pools?
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!”
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?