Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Southwest Park Expansion
I want to thank the entire City Council for voting 9-0 last night to authorize the use of eminent domain for the direct purchase of land to double the size of the Southwest Park. This authorization provides the City with a valuable negotiating tool and will ensure that the property can be acquired for a price fair to both Academy Bus and the City of Hoboken. I also want to thank the City Council for their unanimous support for our application for Green Acres funding, which together with our Open Space Trust Fund, will enable us to acquire this property without any impact on our municipal taxes.
My biggest thank you goes to the residents who spoke so passionately about the critical need for more park space without linking it to increased development in our traffic-choked Southwest neighborhood.
Academy Bus is a valued member of our community, and I look forward to continuing the negotiation process with them toward an amicable agreement on a purchase price that is fair to everyone.
Community Invited to Groundbreaking
All member of the Hoboken community are invited to attend the
groundbreaking ceremony for the Southwest Park - a one acre property
designed with integrated flood resiliency features. The ceremony will take
place on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00am at the site of the future
Southwest Park, located at the corner of Jackson Street and Observer
"The creation of the Southwest Park is the reason I first ran for
office, so this is an especially meaningful milestone for me, and I invite
everyone to join us to celebrate," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "This park will
not only provide much-needed green space for the southwest neighborhood,
but it will also serve as a first-of-its-kind model in the state for
integrating green infrastructure into parks to reduce flooding. I want to
thank Councilman Mello and all of my Southwest neighbors who played a
crucial role since 2006 to bring the first phase of this park to
The park will feature passive recreational space, green infrastructure
(rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater
harvesting and reuse) and an underground detention system to reduce
stormwater run-off and localized flooding. It will also include a dog run,
restrooms, moveable cafe tables, a pop-up market zone, multi-level seating
for small performances, and a lawn with child-friendly interactive park