Recreation News

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Survey

Marvel Architects will be working with the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse Group to develop a program and design for a new boathouse to be located at Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at the north end of Hoboken’s waterfront. The community is invited to complete an online survey to provide an understanding of how the waterfront is currently being used and what the public would like to see at the boathouse.

The underlying goal of the boathouse is to provide water access and engagement through community non-motorized boating activities. The next step is to define the program of spaces required to support this goal and better define the activities that the boathouse should be designed to support. The City will also be holding community meetings this spring to refine the design.

Hoboken Opens New Section of Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

Waterfront Walkway Opening

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined this afternoon by Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Anthony L. Romano, and members of the community to cut the ribbon to open a portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The walkway between Sinatra Park and Castle Point Park includes a section completed by the Stevens Institute of Technology and a rebuilt section of walkway around Sinatra Field.

“With the opening of this walkway, Hoboken now has a continuous waterfront multiuse path from the Jersey City border to our skate park at Castle Point for our active community to enjoy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thanks to decades of work by committed activists, our waterfront is already the envy of the state. I look forward during the next few months to working with the community to redesign central Sinatra Drive into a safe and attractive destination for everyone to enjoy.”

City of Hoboken Acquires Property for Southwest Park

Southwest Park - Block 12

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

“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.”

Community Invited to 1600 Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for 1600 Park on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 4:00pm.

Hoboken’s newest park, located at 1600 Park Avenue, is more than 2 acres in size and features a multi-use field, restrooms, dog run, viewing mound and slide hill. For spectators, bleachers and leaning rails are located along the Park Avenue side of the field. The field is striped for soccer, women and men’s lacrosse, and t-ball, instructional, and minor league baseball. A new traffic light with pedestrian signal was recently installed at 16th Street and Park Avenue to provide safer pedestrian access to 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.

Groups Invited to Apply for Field Use at 1600 Park

1600 Park

The City of Hoboken invites leagues, teams, and community organizations to apply for the use of field space at 1600 Park for the remainder of the summer. The multi-use field, which can accommodate a variety of sports, is expected to open on a preliminary basis in early August.

“We are so glad to open up this new field to all the teams, leagues and other members of the community looking for a place to practice or play a match,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The field will also be open to all members of the public for a pickup game or practice whenever it is not reserved.”

Groups interested in applying for field space can download a permit request form and email it to or contact the Recreation Division at 201-420-2012 with any questions.

Additional construction at 1600 Park, including restroom facilities and dog run will continue. Until the lights are connected in a few weeks, the field will be available for use during the day through sunset.

Hoboken High School & Secaucus Pools Open to Residents for Summer

Effective immediately, Hoboken residents may use the Secaucus municipal pool at a reduced rate. The application form can be downloaded from the City website. The City thanks Mayor Gonnelli and the Town of Secaucus for making their pool available to Hoboken residents.

The pool at Hoboken High School will also be open to all residents from July 8 to August 21, Monday through Thursday from 11am to 5pm. “Mommy and Me” sessions will take place from 3pm to 5pm.

In addition, a new pool is being installed at the Boys and Girls Club which is expected to open in July.

Construction Progress Update on 1600 Park & Sinatra Park


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.

Pier C Park to partially reopen for first time since Hurricane Sandy; Offers expanded summer hours

Pier C
Pier C Park, which was badly damaged by the storm surge during Hurricane Sandy, will partially reopen to the public on Saturday June 8th at 7:00am.

A contractor has completed repairs to several portions of the park, including the playground areas, parts of the lawn, the restrooms, and most of the western side of the park, which will be open to the public. The eastern side of the park facing the Hudson, which sustained the worst damage, will remain fenced off while repairs continue.

Hurricane Sandy resulted in broken benches, cracked concrete, extensive erosion, exposed and damaged irrigation lines, and damage to electrical equipment. The park’s large round concrete benches were tossed around by the storm, causing significant physical damage to the decking.

New Summer Hours: In response to popular demand and as a thank you to everyone for your patience, the City is pleased to announce the following expanded summer hours: 7:00am – 11:00pm daily.

Construction Update on 1600 Park, Pier C & Multi-Service Center

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 geotechnical 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.

Hoboken to Host Resilience Run 5K & Community Fair to Support Sandy Recovery Efforts


Event will benefit Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund, New Jersey Relief Fund, and the town of Port Maria, Jamaica. Community fair will feature kids’ games, live music, food, beer, and more.

The City of Hoboken will hold the Hoboken Resilience Run 5K and community fair for post Hurricane Sandy recovery on Saturday, April 6, 2013. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund, the New Jersey Relief Fund, and the town of Port Maria in Jamaica, which was impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Dignitaries from Jamaica and the United Nations will be in attendance. The run is sponsored by the UPS Foundation.

The last day for online registration is April 3, 2013. Register online at