Madison Street Park

5/16/2007 Update:

Construction workers told me that today is their last day there as they wrap up the job before the park officially opens next week.

More pictures and the rest of the story after the break.



The Southwest Parks Coalition’s involvement with parks began almost four years ago when they started contacting the Mayor and Council about renovating Madison Street Park (Third St. & Madison St.) so that not only the neighborhood kids would have a place to play, but the Connors Elementary School would finally have a playground to use. If you are not familiar with the park, it is fondly referred to as “The Dangerous Bubble Gum Pink Park.”


It had two handmade, non-code slides, syringes, needles, used condoms and lovely dog feces. Your basic nightmare playground. Well, after many petitions, letters, and meeting with city officials – finally, before Christmas, they completed the demolition of the park. Unfortunately, no one can tell you anything about the new playground. Although SPC gave the City a proposal for that park over a year and half ago, they do not know who they hired as the landscape architect or what has been planned because the community was not included in the design process. Many readers have inquired about this, to no avail.

At the 12/20 council meeting, Councilman Ruben Ramos said the park is modeled after a park in Union City and it includes water play (something that was specifically requested be removed from MSP because it takes space away from more desirable equipment and because nearby Jackson St. Park has sprinklers). Mr. Campos clarified that by saying the new park will have equipment that SPC had requested. Is talking about equipment that will fill the whole park or just one small piece? We’ll all find out when it’s completed. Is this a political ploy or useful progress?

Important note:
Madison Street Park is an existing park and this renovation process is many years over due. This renovation is considered maintenance on an existing park and does not qualify as new open space. Also, MSP is technically sitting in the 3rd ward and does not fulfill the open space deficit of the 4th ward/SW area, so let’s hope we don’t see new campaign literature claiming just that.

See other various pictures below.

Description – Small Childrens Playground under renovation.
Services – A place where people who like back hoe’s can get a glimpse.
Website –
Address – 300 Madison St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – (201) 420-2349


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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 11:36 am

CMX (formally Schoor DePalma) won a design award for this park.

Monday, June 4, 2007 5:53 am

Well said, Shoegirl.

Sunday, June 3, 2007 10:21 pm

I went to the park last week from 10-11:30am on a weekday with my 4year old, some of his buddies ages 4-5 and my baby. At this time of day it was mostly young children and their mothers or caregivers. There were even 2 school groups from Connors there. My son had a great time. I can see how this park can become quite crowded with kids from all ages enjoying it, esp, in the hot weather. If everyone watches their children carefully, there should be little problems. Also, if teens become problems, you need to call the parks dept. or police. There was one guy who came by wile we were there to clean some trash and open the gates (which I think should be closed because kids can run fast – and it’s a busy corner). [quote comment=”29057″][quote comment=”29053″]I have been to this park a few times over the last week. So far I have noticed and heard of a bunch of problems. First – there is no one monitoring the park, after school there are several teenagers hanging out and running in the water area. This is a problem b/c the park is for kids 2-5. Toddlers are being knocked over by older kids and there isn’t anyone to tell them they shouldn’t be there. The other day I heard a woman was harrassed by a group of teens hanging out in the park. They started saying horrible things to her 2 year old and then to… Read more »

Sunday, June 3, 2007 11:11 am

[quote comment=”28361″]If you look up the city payroll that little park has at least 5 workers and 2 supervisors assigned to look after the place. ALL NO SHOW JOBS[/quote]
=========================================================If Hoboken has all those people on the payro;; it would not be too much od a stretch to ask them to do something for the pay.

The tiny toddler on Jackson Street has supervision why not Madison Street.

Since the park is is in the third ward contact Councilman Russo and ask him to do something also the head of Enviormental Service Joeseph Puluso.

The alway popular option of a letter to the Reporter.

Another option is take a video of the offending behavior and ask 411 to post it.

Sunday, June 3, 2007 9:13 am

Try supporting roberts or campos, but remember you are selling your soul

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