Hoboken Community Celebrates Opening of Newest Park at 1600 Park
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 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.