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City Presents Design for 1600 Park; Scheduled to Open this Year

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and city directors were present on Monday night in City Hall.

The city presented its latest conceptual design for the soccer field at 1600 Park to about 60 interested citizens, officials and stakeholders in the basement of City Hall on Monday night. 

The field——will be opened this year, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said. The city will start the bidding process this spring to find a company to start renovating the park, located at 16th and Park Avenue. 

"It'd be ideal to have it in the Fall," said Director of Health and Human Services Leo Pellegrini, in time for the start of the season of the city's recreational leagues. 

Zimmer said that the soccer field at Sinatra Park will also see construction this year. The contract to hire a construction firm for that field will be on the city council's agenda at the first meeting in February. 

Several drawings were presented on Monday night by landscape architect John Imbiano, of the firm Imbiano and Quigley, which was hired by the city for this project. Citizens expressed some of their wishes—a dog run, enough restrooms—and provided feedback to the drawings. 

One of the initial problems at the park was contamination of the soil there, which would have had to be solved by raising the soccer field and surround it with a seven-foot-wall. This option raised concerns from parents (who found it unsafe) as well as members of the stakeholder committee (who didn't find it aesthetically pleasing). 

"The stakeholders went to the mayor and said 'stop,'" said Jim Vance, who represents the Fund for a Better Waterfront on the stakeholder group. After that, Vance continued, Imbiano helped create a new design.

The contaminated soil will be moved from the soccer field site, said Director of Community Development Brandy Forbes. She could not say on Monday with what the soil was contaminated. 

The new park will be paid for with a Green Acres grant, Forbes said also. The city has $1.7 million to construct the soccer field at 1600 Park and $1 million to renovate the Hoboken Cove. 

Another reason , was the lack of a traffic signal at the intersection of 16th Street and Park Avenue. The park will still not open without it, city directors said. The city and the county are currently in the process of coordinating the placement of the traffic light before the park opens. 

pied piper January 25, 2012 at 02:56 PM
It seems to me that Mason is pretty inept at handling even the simplest of issues in her own ward. If it weren't for Joe Barry's applied housing vote, that woman's goose would be cooked. I am guessing she wont be able to stop the huge Barry construction project in her ward, either. I am sure she'll make up some excuse for her constitiuents as to why, once again she couldnt help them (ya know-like the prior Maxwell issues). What does that woman stand for? She's for develop or die, but is going up against the barry project (yeah- right) She's for supporting elected officials like Cammarano, Timmay, Russo and the like and paying thugs like callichio, but wants responsible govt. (yeah-right) She's for saving the hospital, but votes and rallys against helping to save it She's for lowering costs but cant point to anything to cut, in a 100mm budget, except a one time 40k cost. She's for lowering the legal bills but then causes multiple delays and issues when dealing with contract negotiations, causing legal costs to skyrocket She's against the high costs of legal dept but supports ex-exployees filing lawsuits and has filed many of her own. She's for transparency but refused to release a public video of her at a DCA meeting. She's for fiscal responsibility but won't approve of a refinancing deal that would net the city 50k vs costing the city 4.5mm. Mason better hope the Tea Building people never get their act together and come out in force to vote. She'd be toast.
CuriousGal January 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM
blah blah blah blah--- at the end of the day, Dawn can't seem to get anything done that requires planning, foresight, follow through and creativity. A good leader gets things done, rather than makes excuses. Sitting on a $20,000,000 surplus and getting a light put in so people could enjoy 1 or 2 additional years of park use doesn't occur to her. Why? Because if the light was put in, it would expose the lack of planning that completion of the 1600 park would require. Better to have an excuse than a park I guess--- Come on Dawn--- get something done already!
CuriousGal January 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The floating pool is a great idea--- always thought so
Hobokeneer January 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
If CuriousGal had bothered coming to the meeting, she would have been impressed. But it's easier to blog about it and tear it down.
Lane Dastardly January 26, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Curious Beth Mason operative just perpetuates lies, as all trolls do - not about sense at all. if Mason hadnn't played games with the hospital sale trying to sink the deal, we might have some money in the kittie. but we don't -thanks beth and your misguided sabotage of the city, also through these bloggers like curiousbethmasonoperative

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