Sinatra Field Walkway Damage Update

Hoboken, NJ - Wednesday, October 7th, 2009


Emergency measures are currently being taken to protect Hoboken from losing its soccer field in the event of a major storm.� Engineers from Remington & Vernick advised the City that Hoboken risks losing Sinatra Field completely if we do not take immediate action.� This unfortunate situation has resulted from possible construction and design issues as well as the failure of previous administrations to address a known erosion problem due to shipworms.� A final determination as to whether the field can be used for the fall season will be made in the coming days based on the review of a full report from Boswell Engineering.Based on recommendations from the engineers a decision was made to install two 35-foot protective sheet metal barriers along each side of the southern section of the soccer field where the erosion has occurred.� This metal sheet wall connected to pilings is designed to prevent the tides and storm water from further destruction of the walkway and field.� According to engineers, it will also be part of the final repair plan.�� I want to thank Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Jr. and former State Senator Bernard Kenny for assisting us with getting an emergency permit from the NJ DEP in order to complete this work on an emergency basis.

Temporary Plan of Action:

My Administration has taken steps to ensure that all children’s sports games for the fall season can still be played.� All games for the Hoboken Youath Soccer League have been rescheduled at Hoboken High School and Weehawken fields. I would like to thank Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner for his support.

Check��for locations and a complete schedule.

In addition, we are continuing to work with the City’s engineers to determine whether or not the soccer field may be declared safe for use by the public.� This determination will be made after careful consultation with the City’s engineering �representatives.� Updates on the potential re-opening of the soccer field will be posted on the City website.

I want to thank Leo Pellegrini, our new Acting Director of Health and� Human Services for stepping up and immediately creating a back up field plan.� This crisis occurred during the first few days of his new position, and he quickly developed an alternative plan for all games.

Thank you also to School Superintendent Peter Carter, Tim Calligy, and Mauro DeGennaro for providing access to the high school field during this time.� I also want to thank Weehawken Mayor Turner for graciously allowing our children to use Weehawken field space.

Immediately when this crisis occurred, we also reached out to Stevens Institute of Technology and thank the Stevens’ Administration and Athletic Director Mike Lipencott for working with us to determine the potential for the use of Stevens field.� Unfortunately only sporadic times for the field were available at this time.� Therefore, Director Leo Pellegrini developed a regular schedule of games at the high school and Weehawken.� If the Stevens’ fields become available we will move games there when possible.� I thank Councilwoman Mason for contacting Stevens in an attempt to assist in resolving this issue.

Most importantly, thank you to Hoboken families for your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.� I recognize that playing at the other fields is less convenient, but despite this unexpected crisis the league games are scheduled for play times.

As a soccer player myself, I understand that having fields to play ball is important to our quality of life.� My Administration is working as hard as possible on many fronts to address our shortage in field space.

Thank you.

Mayor Zimmer

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