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October 25, 2013

City of Hoboken Update on Sinatra Park and Dog Parks

The latest update from Mayor Zimmer’s office on Hoboken progress with Sinatra Park and renovations to dog runs ….

CITY OF HOBOKEN UPDATE ON SINATRA PARK AND DOG PARKS

Sinatra Park Hoboken Arial Veiw 10-24-2013Sinatra Park

The reconstruction of Sinatra Park is nearing completion, with the turf for Sinatra Field being installed this week.

“The turf is down and we will soon be reopening Sinatra Field and connecting a new segment of our waterfront walkway so that we will have a continuous multiuse path from the Jersey City border to the skate park at Castle Point,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Once the installation of the nets and the railings is completed, then the field will be opened up for use.”

The park is being completed under budget, and there are no overtime costs for the completion of this field because the contract included a liquidated damages clause with a $1,500 per day penalty for failure to complete the park by the agreed-upon completion date.

“Thanks to the fine work of our City’s legal team, the contractor has worked hard at their own expense to complete this park as quickly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

Dog Parks

Renovations to the dog parks in Church Square Park, Stevens Park and Elysian Park are underway and will include canopy structures for shade and shelter for inclement weather, new benches, fences, gates, pet waste bag dispensers, and improved dog water fountain. The stone dust surface previously used at dog runs is being replaced with ¾” pea gravel. 

“Thank you to our dog owners for your patience as we complete these important renovations to make sure our City is as dog friendly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

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October 8, 2013

City of Hoboken Acquires Property For Southwest Park

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,parks — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 1:46 PM

Here is another accomplishment for the current Mayor of Hoboken Dawn Zimmer who ran on a platform of getting more parks for Hoboken. Step 1 is to get the land without overpaying for it and this is a good start. Here is a statement form the City of Hoboken on this….

The City of Hoboken has acquired a nearly one acre property as the first major installment of a new Southwest Park.

City of Hoboken SW Park Land Aquisition 10-8-2013

“I fought for a long time for a Southwest Park, and I’m excited to announce that we now own an acre of property for the first part of a larger park that we will expand through the redevelopment process,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to immediately kicking off the planning process so we can design and build the first phase of this much-deserved park that reflects the community’s vision for this neighborhood. I thank County Executive DeGise, Freeholder Romano, and the Hudson County Freeholders for their funding support of this project.”

As part of a comprehensive resiliency and readiness strategy to protect the neighborhood from flooding, the City has received a $500,000 technical assistance grant to incorporate sustainable flood mitigation strategies, including underground water detention systems, into a new Southwest Park.

The City has hired Starr Whitehouse, a landscape architecture and planning firm with expertise in parks design and green infrastructure for stormwater management, to lead the planning process for the Southwest Park. Community meetings will be announced shortly. Residents are invited to complete a survey available online at www.hobokennj.org/swpark.

“This is a great day for so many friends and neighbors, past and present, who have long advocated for a park in our Southwest neighborhood,” added Councilman David Mello, Chair of the Community Development committee. “This initial acquisition will serve as a cornerstone of a larger Southwest Park. The Mayor and I have both worked hard to begin realizing the dream of a Southwest Park, and this open space purchase should serve as the first of many western Hoboken land acquisitions.”

Today, the transfer of title was completed for Block 12, a property bounded by Jackson Street, Observer Highway, Harrison Street, and Paterson Avenue. The Southwest Area has been designated an Area in Need of Rehabilitation, and the City intends to substantially expand the park through the Rehabilitation process.

Funding to purchase the property was provided from a $3 million Hudson County Open Space grant. Although the City has deposited its offer amount of $2.937 million with the court, the final value will be established by an independent three-member commission appointed by a State Superior Court judge.

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September 4, 2013

Hoboken Community Celebrates Opening of Newest Park at 1600 Park

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,parks — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 1:45 PM

Great news for Hoboken’s active youths and adults. 1600 Park’s ball field is officially open for business…

HOBOKEN COMMUNITY CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEWEST PARK AT 1600 PARK AVE

Hoboken 1600 Park Grand Opening 9-3-2013

Hoboken residents, community activists, and elected officials joined together to celebrate the opening of its newest park at 1600 Park Avenue, the first phase of a planned 4 acre park along the waterfront in northern Hoboken.

“The opening of this new park is the capstone of an overall parks vision to create enough active recreation space for all ages, renovate existing parks, and ensure everyone lives within short walking distance of a neighborhood park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It is the fulfillment of the vision of the Hoboken Parks Organization and other community activists who fought original plans to build residential towers at this site a decade ago and who advocated to preserve this land for open space. I want to especially thank Directors Brandy Forbes and Leo Pellegrini for managing this project to a successful completion.”

The 2.1 acre park, located at 1600 Park Avenue, features a multi-use field, restrooms, dog run, viewing mound and slide hill. The field is striped for soccer, women and men’s lacrosse, and t-ball, instructional, and minor league baseball and has seating and leaning rails for spectators. A new traffic light with pedestrian signal was recently installed at 16th Street and Park Avenue to provide safer pedestrian access to the park.

“This is just the first phase of a master plan for 4 acres of active and passive space along our northern waterfront,” added Mayor Zimmer. “Future phases will feature passive space and water uses at Hoboken Cove, providing an opportunity to reconnect with the Hudson River as a recreation asset for our community. We’re looking forward later this month to awarding a contract to design a boathouse to facilitate kayaking, sailing, and other water uses. We are also exploring concepts to incorporate protection from rising seas and storm surges into the design of the Hoboken Cove portion of the park.”

A pickup/drop-off area is located in front of the park along 16th Street between Willow Avenue and Park Avenue. The nearest metered parking is along Willow Avenue from 14th Street to 16th Street, and the nearest private parking garage is located at 15th Street and Garden Street. Bicycle parking is available at the park.

Purchase of the land was coordinated by the Trust for Public Land in 2006 with funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, New Jersey Green Acres Program, Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund, and bonding from the City of Hoboken. Site remediation was funded by the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund and a match from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. Construction was funded from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund, New Jersey Green Acres Program, Hoboken’s Open Space Trust Fund, and a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

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August 15, 2013

City of Hoboken Receives Court Approval for Southwest Park Acquisition

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,parks — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:10 PM

Acquiring the land to build public parks is usually the most challenging part of the process. With this court ruling Mayor Dawn Zimmer is closer to fulfilling a campaign promise to build a park in the 4th Ward. Read on …..

CITY OF HOBOKEN RECEIVES COURT APPROVAL FOR SOUTHWEST PARK ACQUISITION

Hudson County Superior Court Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled on Wednesday that the City of Hoboken may acquire a nearly 1 acre property for the first phase of a Southwest Park, an important component of a comprehensive flood mitigation strategy.

South West Park Hoboken

“I have been involved in the fight for a Southwest Park for many years, and I am very excited that we are finally in a position to acquire the first building block of what will ultimately be a larger park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “As soon as we deposit the check with the court, we will own the property and can begin the community planning process for this much-needed park. We are now just one vote away from turning this vision that so many have fought for into reality. The future of the Southwest Park is now in the hands of the City Council. I urge them to support this park because for most of us, parks are our shared back yards, and I believe all our residents – regardless of where they live – should have a park within a short walking distance.”

At the September Council meeting, the City Council will be asked to approve the deposit with the court for the offer amount of $2.937 million. The funding is available through a $3 million Hudson County Open Space grant. In addition, the City Council will be asked to award a contract for a planner to begin the public planning process for the Southwest Park.

“Hoboken deserves this new park,” said Hudson County Freeholder Anthony L. Romano. “Working with County Executive DeGise and my colleagues on the freeholder board, I am glad we are able to provide the grant funding to make this possible. We are proud to work with Mayor Zimmer and the Hoboken City Council as they endeavor to acquire this land.”

“This is a great day for Hoboken,” added Councilman David Mello. “We have been working towards having a park in our neighborhood as parks advocates since 2006. The acquisition of the properties on this particular block has been a top priority for me as Chair of the Community Development committee. I am confident it will serve as the ideal cornerstone for what will one day be an even larger Southwest Park.”

The Judge found that the City engaged in good faith negotiations with the property owners of Block 12, which is located between Jackson Street, Harrison Street, Observer Highway and Paterson Avenue. While the City offered $2.937 million for the property based on an appraisal, the final value would be established by an independent three-member commission appointed by the Judge.

As part of a comprehensive resiliency and readiness strategy to protect from flooding, the City is receiving $500,000 in technical assistance through the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Re.Invest Initiative to incorporate sustainable flood mitigation strategies, including underground water detention systems, into a new Southwest Park and other proposed parks in flood-prone areas. The City’s full Resiliency and Readiness Plan is available online at www.hobokennj.org/ready.

The Southwest Area has been designated an Area in Need of Rehabilitation, and if the first phase of the park is acquired, the City intends to substantially expand the park through the Rehabilitation process.

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June 26, 2013

City of Hoboken Construction Progress for 1600 Park and Sinatra Park

Here are the latest updates on park construction and re-construction for 1600 Park and Sinatra Park from the City of Hoboken….

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS UPDATE ON 1600 PARK AND SINATRA PARK

Hoboken Construction Progress 1600 Park Sinatra Park 6-26-2013
Progress continues to be made on two major parks projects: the new 1600 Park and the waterfront soccer field at Sinatra Park. Due to soft soil conditions found at 1600 Park, it was necessary to revise the design to strengthen the foundation for the field lighting. The lights are critical so the field can be used after dark and accommodate the high demand for field use by all ages in the community.

1600 Park

This week, drilling is taking place for the foundations needed to install light poles at 1600 Park. Drilling 60 feet to the bedrock for foundations is complicated by the presence of various nearby utilities. The City thanks PSE&G and United Water for their tremendous collaboration during this process. United Water will be shutting off and rerouting water of a nearby 12” water main during drilling. This Saturday, PSE&G will install extensions so that overhead wires are not impacted by the drilling equipment and the work can be safely completed. This work may require Willow Avenue to be partially closed. County Sheriff officers will be on the scene to direct traffic. The City contractor used hand tools to dig through an area near a steel gas main, and PSE&G will be using vibration detectors to ensure drilling is performed safely. Pouring of the concrete for the foundations is scheduled for the end of the week. Concurrently, work is taking place to prepare the restrooms and storage facilities building. In early July, the contractor will start installing the sports lights, fence and turf. The benches, restrooms, slide, and dog run will be installed shortly thereafter.

Sinatra Park

At Sinatra Park, pile driving is complete and sheet piles have been installed to hold back the soil. Last week, construction began for the new pre-cast concrete pier structure which is the foundation upon which the new soccer field and walkway will be built. The steel-reinforced concrete beams were poured off-site and are in the process of curing. Delivery and installation of the beams will begin at the end of this week and next week. At Castle Point Park, pile driving will soon begin to repair the waterfront walkway.

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April 16, 2013

Construction Update on 1600 Park, Pier C and Multi-Service Center from The City of Hoboken

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,parks — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 12:05 PM

The latest in construction updates on City of Hoboken parks and the Service Center from the City of Hoboken. Unfortunately this includes a delay in the opening of 1600 Park’s new soccer field. Additional soil testing is required to ensure structural integrity of the field’s foundations. This will delay that opening at least a month, perhaps more if additional remediation is necessary.

Construction Update on 1600 Park, Pier C and Multi-Service Center from The City of Hoboken

During construction of 1600 Park, the contractor encountered unexpected debris, organics, and softer than expected soil conditions based on previous analysis and testing. This has the potential to impact the long-term settlement of the soil and the foundations used on structures and lights at the site. To ensure the appropriate foundations are used, a more detailed and deeper geo-technical investigation is needed. Borings will be drilled to approximately 75 feet and testing will be conducted on soils. The City Council will be asked to approve the additional testing at the Council meeting on Wednesday, April 17.

1600 Park City of Hoboken 4-16-2013
While the field portion of the park was originally scheduled to open by the end of April, this additional testing is necessary to ensure the long-term safety and integrity of the park, and is expected to delay completion of construction of the field by approximately one month.

“This testing is being done out of an abundance of caution so we can understand any potential long-term impacts on the park due to settlement of the soil,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Even short delays are disappointing, but I would rather get this park done right than to have to make expensive repairs in a few years. Very soon, our community will have a great new park with a multi-use field, rest rooms, dog run, and slide hill.”

The bid specifications to repair Pier C are being finalized, and a bid will be issued within a few days.

Pier C Park City of Hoboken 4-16-2013
A bid to conduct repairs on the Multi-Service Center will also be issued shortly. Repair work on the Multi-Service Center will be phased so that the senior center can re-open first.

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March 19, 2013

Open Letter from Mayor Zimmer on Parks in Western Hoboken

Here is the latest update from Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Parks. Take note in particular of her update on the Southwest Park which is project to be triple the size and much less costly than Tim Occhipinti’s pocket parks proposal.

OPEN LETTER FROM MAYOR ZIMMER ON PARKS IN WESTERN HOBOKEN

7th-Jackson-Park-Hoboken aka Pino Site

“I am writing to update the community on the progress we are making towards acquiring land for new parks in Western Hoboken, including a large Southwest Park, the Pino site at 7th St. and Jackson St., and the BASF site at 11th St. and Madison St. With Hoboken’s growing number of young families, our senior community, and active recreational community, the neighborhoods in Western Hoboken need more active and passive park space. The City is focused on acquiring land to provide large active space for residents at a fair market price in the interest of Hoboken taxpayers.

A Park in Southwest Hoboken

The first phase for the Southwest Park, envisioned in our Master Plan and Open Space Plan, would include an almost one-acre portion of Block 12 on Jackson Street. The property will be purchased this year, built into a park in 2014, and then expanded into a larger park through the redevelopment planning process. The plan for the first phase would include adding traffic lights, pedestrian signals, and crosswalks to ensure residents can safely walk to the park.

Block 12, the surface parking lot across the street from the new restaurant being built on Jackson Street, was chosen as the first building block of the Southwest Park for several reasons:

1. It has been and currently is still zoned for non-residential industrial use, which is typically appraised at a value less than similar property zoned for residential use. Based on the appraisal done by the City as part of the acquisition process, the fair market value is approximately equal to the $3 million Hudson County open space grant that is available to fund the purchase.

2. At one acre, it is large enough to be a significant park for active use, similar to 1500 Park near the Hudson Tea Building that has a field and playground space. The park will be expanded significantly by adding industrially zoned properties to the west of it through the Southwest Redevelopment process. Ultimately, the goal is to create a park in the Southwest approximately the size of Church Square Park — an enormous asset to residents in my neighborhood and throughout Hoboken.

The owner of Block 12 is interested in selling, but believes that the property should be valued as if it were zoned for large-scale residential development even though such a use is not permitted under its current zoning. As a result, it was necessary to use the eminent domain process to determine the fair market value for which the City can acquire the property. That process is ongoing.

Contrary to popular belief, the process of acquiring land by eminent domain does not take years. The City can obtain title to the property and start planning and building the park as soon as an order authorizing the use of eminent domain is entered by a judge. It can take a long time for a final value to be established, but the City would become the owner of the property early on in the process. The City is moving ahead with acquiring the property this year, and if all goes well, the one-acre foundation for a SW park could be completed in 2014 with the larger park to be developed through the redevelopment process.

Making Prudent Choices

Councilman Occhipinti has put forward a petition requesting that the City acquire the three Zaklama properties at 1st St. and Jackson St. While I agree with the sentiment that the Southwest needs new park space urgently, fiscally prudent choices must be made, and we do not have the resources to acquire every lot where it might be desirable to have a park.

The three Zaklama properties, which total only about 0.35 acres (one third the size of Block 12), are zoned for residential use, and would be extremely costly to acquire. The largest lot, which is less than 0.25 acres, has an asking price of $4.3 million, or over $17 million per acre, compared to the approximately $3 million per acre reflected in the City’s appraisal for Block 12.

These price differences explain why, in order to acquire as much open space as possible, the City has focused its acquisition efforts on property with industrial rather than residential zoning. We are also concerned about creating larger parks that can be used for active use by the entire neighborhood. We need to make economically prudent choices so that we get the best and largest Southwest Park possible.

Park at 7th St. & Jackson St.

The City is entering into negotiations to create a one-acre park at 7th St. and Jackson St. (known as the Pino site). The City Council will be asked to approve an interim cost agreement that would provide for an evaluation of Larry Bijou’s proposal to develop an adjacent property and donate the Pino site to the City for park land (for details visit: www.hobokennj.org/pinosite).

Large Northwest Park

The City is currently negotiating to purchase a large property now owned by BASF (formerly also known as the Henkel/Cognis site) at 11th St. and Madison St. As part of the evaluation process, the City hired a firm to analyze the environmental issues on the six-acre site. Negotiations are ongoing, with a firm commitment to create a large park in the northwest area of Hoboken.

Together, these three parks will ensure that residents of Western Hoboken can easily access outdoor recreational opportunities with their family and friends.

Save the Dates for Park Community Meetings

Two community meetings are scheduled to discuss parks in Western Hoboken:

  • Southwest Park: Tuesday, April 2nd (Location TBA)
  • 7th & Jackson & Northwest Parks: Monday, April 8th (Location TBA)

I hope to see you at one of these meetings where we will be providing updates and answering any questions about the parks acquisition process.

Sincerely,

Mayor Dawn Zimmer”

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March 11, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day–Church Square Park Slide

Filed under: Hoboken,parks,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 10:50 AM

Church Square Park New Child's Slide Hoboken 3-10-2013 HDR

Today’s photo of the day is from Church Square Park. This new slide was part of a renovation of the park that was completed shortly after Hurricane Sandy. The new equipment has been very well received by both children and parents alike.

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February 20, 2013

Community Meeting for Hoboken Legion Park February 26, 2013 6:30-8:30pm

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,parks — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 10:04 AM

The City of Hoboken is hosting a meeting on Legion Park, the small park at 1225 Willow Avenue on February 26, 2013 at the Fox Hills Community Room from 6:30-8:30pm followed by a meeting on Elysian Park the next day. Read below for more detail…

PUBLIC INVITED TO LEGION PARK & ELYSIAN PARK COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Legion Park Hoboken

The City of Hoboken will host a community meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 to solicit input from the public on Phase 2 of improvements to Legion Park, a pocket park located at 1225 Willow Avenue. The meeting will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Fox Hill Gardens community room, located at 311 13th Street. Phase 1 of improvements to Legion Park were completed in April, 2012 and included new playground equipment and safety surface as part of a city-wide parks improvement project.

In addition, a public hearing will be held on February 27th, 2013 at the Hoboken Historical Museum (1301 Hudson Street) for the public to review and provide feedback on proposed improvements to Elysian Park. In advance of the meeting, the proposed plan can be viewed at www.hobokennj.org/elysianpark. Residents are invited to attend any time between 7pm and 9pm.

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January 24, 2013

City of Hoboken Community Meeting for Elysian Park Improvements February 27th, 2013

The latest update on Parks from the City of Hoboken Office of the Mayor…

HOBOKEN COMMUNITY MEETING FOR ELYSIAN PARK IMPROVEMENTS 2-27-2013

Elysian Park Winter January 2013 in Hoboken HDR smaller

A public hearing will be held on February 27th, 2013 at the Hoboken Historical Museum (1301 Hudson Street) for the public to review and provide feedback on proposed improvements to Elysian Park. Residents are invited to attend any time between 7pm and 9pm. A community meeting was previously held on December 20th, to solicit input from the public.

In advance of the community meeting, residents can review the proposed plan at www.hobokennj.org/elysianpark.

The City of Hoboken has been awarded $600,000 in Green Acres funding for improvements to Elysian Park.

A community meeting for Phase 2 of improvements to Legion Park (located at 1225 Willow Ave) will be announced shortly.

Parks Update

To date, renovations and repairs have been completed at Jackson Street Park, Jefferson Park, Legion Park, Madison Street Park, the waterfront skate park, and Mama Johnson Field. The playground area and basketball courts have been renovated at Church Square Park, and the restroom facilities are also scheduled for renovation. Acrylic surfacing of the basketball courts will take place in the spring. Construction is continuing to rebuild Sinatra Field and Castle Point Park on the waterfront. Construction has begun on Phase 1 of 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove, which will include a multi-use field, lighting, bleachers and leaning rails, a dog run, restrooms, bike racks, and a slide hill and viewing mound. The Little League Field at Stevens Park will be resurfaced using a $250,000 Hudson County Open Space grant. Batting cages will also be installed. The City is also in the process of acquiring land for a Southwest Park.

Proposed Elysian Park Plan:

Hoboken Elysian Park Concept Plan 1-22-2013

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