Madison Street Park
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?
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 – www.hobokennj.org
Address – 300 Madison St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – (201) 420-2349