Departments

1600 Park and Hoboken Cove Parks

Updates

January 23, 2012: View the Final Conceptual Plan for 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove (click to enlarge):

View the alternate boathouse location for Hoboken Cove:

The park has been redesigned in part to lower the elevation of the field and resulting wall (see below for previous design). Three new edge conditions were presented.

View the 1600 Park field proposed edge condition (option 1):

View the 1600 Park field proposed edge condition (option 2):

View the 1600 Park field proposed edge condition (option 3):

Previous design wall height (with considerably taller wall):

January 12, 2012: Residents are invited to attend a public meeting for a presentation and discussion of the final conceptual design for 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove. The meeting will take place on Monday, January 23rd at 6:00pm in the basement floor conference room of City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

December 14, 2011: IQ Landscape Architects prepared four preliminary conceptual designs for 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove. View each by clicking on the images below:


Concept A-1


Concept A-2


Concept B


Concept C

August 23, 2011: Mayor Zimmer Provides Updates On Various Issues:

“As a result of concerns raised by some residents of the elevation of the field, my staff, the design professionals and I met with a representative of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). At that meeting the DEP expressed new flexibility in environmental remediation measures, and we believe that we can lower the height of the retaining wall and field significantly while still maintaining the necessary environmental remediation controls. Although the field will still be elevated somewhat, these revisions to the design will allow us to make the field more visually connected to our waterfront.”

June 6, 2011: Public Meetings On Jackson St Park & 1600 Park

December 17, 2010: Community Meeting Scheduled For Design Of 1600 Park And Hoboken Cove

December 6, 2010: Mayor Zimmer Proposes Bonding To Purchase New Parks:

“Environmental cleanup of 1600 Park is complete, and the City is awaiting approval from the DEP that the remediation is satisfactory. Remediation has been contracted out for Hoboken Cove, which includes more extensive remediation than 1600 Park. Concurrent with the environmental remediation of Hoboken Cove, the City will develop designs for both parks.”

November 11, 2010: Mayor Zimmer Announces Waterfront Infrastructure Community Meetings, Office Hours, And Additional Public Meetings

September 22, 2010: Update On 1600 Park And Hoboken Cove

September 20, 2010: Officials Break Ground On Waterfront Walkway Between Hoboken And Weehawken

June 17, 2010: Update on 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove

Background

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP OF THE SITES

In the fall of 2009 the City was at risk of losing grant funding for the remediation of the 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove sites. To keep the grant, the City had to demonstrate that it was actively working on the remediation and subsequent park design and development. To do so, in September 2009 Birdsall Engineering was awarded a contract for the engineering work associated with the environmental remediation of 1600 Park. Birdsall worked quickly to get this project out to bid. The bids came in and the remediation construction work was awarded to the low bidder, JAC Excavating, at the November 4, 2009 City Council meeting. In the fall of 2010 the remediation work was completed.

On the Hoboken Cove project, Birdsall Engineering was awarded a contract for the engineering work associated with the environmental remediation at the November 16, 2009 City Council meeting. This remediation project includes more extensive remediation than the 1600 Park project and entails coordination with the County’s Weehawken Cove walkway construction. Birdsall worked diligently to get this project out to bid, with the bid awarded to Tomco Construction at the July 14, 2010 City Council meeting.

Per the developer’s agreement for Toll Brothers Hoboken Cove development, they were required to turn over a privately-owned parcel for the Hoboken Cove Park. As this parcel is adjacent to the City-owned portion of the Hoboken Cove Park area, in order for the City to move forward on the environmental remediation and subsequent construction of the Hoboken Cove Park, the City needed to either have Toll Brothers deed the property or enter into an access agreement. Toll Brothers felt that deeding over the property was the most logical and expeditious way to proceed. The City’s legal representation agreed. As a result, that parcel was deeded over to the City of Hoboken on May 6, 2011 and the environmental remediation of the Hoboken Cove property is now underway.

1600 PARK AND HOBOKEN COVE PARK DESIGNS

Following a detailed request for proposal process and evaluation, the City Council approved a contract with Remington & Vernick Engineers to design both the 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove sites at the December 15, 2010 City Council meeting. The consultant began work immediately and the City of Hoboken hosted the first public meeting on January 10, 2011 to solicit community input on the design of two parks in northern Hoboken.

In February 2011 the City held a walking tour with representatives of the various community groups who are part of the stakeholders committee and the professionals from Remington & Vernick Engineers. Before starting the tour, the groups discussed the community input that was provided at the January public meeting, as well as the vision of the groups for the boathouse and the Hoboken Cove area. This meeting and tour was mainly focused on evaluating the successes and drawbacks of previous projects on the waterfront (and in other cities) in order to appropriately plan for the Hoboken Cove site. The consultant has taken that information and is considering conceptual designs for the area. Once the environmental remediation work and the walkway in the Hoboken Cove area are completed the consultant will be able to survey the property and properly design for the site.

In the mean time, the City has considered the public comments pertaining to the 1600 Park site. The public interest in active recreation space is for this site, whereas the Hoboken Cove site will be more passive and water-use oriented. The stakeholders committee met again in May 2011 to discuss the conceptual plans for the field space as a first phase and to look at future phase options and issues.

Per the feedback from the public, stakeholders, and City Council it was determined that the better location for development of active recreation fields is at the 1600 Park site. Since the remediation for the 1600 Park site has been completed, although the consultants are considering the connectivity between the two sites and the design elements of Hoboken Cove in the big picture design, they have provided a first phase design for a multi-purpose synthetic turf field at the 1600 Park site.

This first phase has taken into consideration the appropriate access points to guide pedestrians to designated crossing areas across Park Avenue. As well, in the interim there is a temporary pick up/drop off area associated with these plans. The City of Hoboken is working with Hudson County Engineering on an under-bridge connection between the two park spaces as well as temporary pedestrian crossing solutions for the intersection of 16th Street and Park Avenue. In the long run the County has plans to signalize the intersection and the City will be working with them on a design that addresses pedestrian and bicycle safety concerns.

The City held a public hearing on these improvements on June 8, 2011. At that meeting questions were raised regarding both the field and the full site design, and some adjustments were made based on feedback regarding the field itself.

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Public participation at the 1600 Park field meeting