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Hoboken Opens Southwest Park – New Jersey’s First Resiliency Park




Hoboken, NJ - Friday, September 22nd, 2017


Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, and other elected officials joined together this morning to officially open the Southwest Park, located between Jackson Street, Harrison Street, Observer Highway, and Paterson Avenue. The nearly one-acre park is designed with integrated green infrastructure to hold approximately 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff to reduce localized flooding.

“This is a great day for Hoboken, and I invite residents to come out and enjoy our newest park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Not only will the Southwest Park provide much-needed open space for the growing southwest neighborhood, but as the first-of-its-kind resiliency park in the state, it will serve as a model for New Jersey and beyond. This project was a team effort that began with a vision from advocates more than a decade ago. I thank the City Council for their continuous support of this project, North Hudson Sewerage Authority for partnering with us to design this park so that it reduces flooding, Hudson County for providing open space funding, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust for providing low-interest financing, and all of the advocates, planners, contractors, and professional staff that worked tirelessly to make this park a reality. I invite residents to join us next Wednesday for a community event to celebrate the opening of the park.”

The park features 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 includes a dog run, moveable cafe tables and chairs, a pop-up market zone, a restroom, multi-level seating for small performances, a solar-powered mobile device charging station, and a lawn (temporarily closed to allow grass to grow). The park will also feature public wi-fi, which is currently being installed.

A community celebration event for the park will take place on Wednesday, September 27th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.  The family-friendly event will include activities for children and adults. For children, it will feature entertainment by Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot), balloon animals, face painting, and more. The event will also include music, food trucks and vendors, free food samples, neighborhood businesses, free fitness activities from local gyms, and more.


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