Hoboken Receives $200k Grant from U.S. Soccer Federation

The city announced the grant on Monday afternoon.

Hoboken is officially a "safe place to play."

On Monday, the city announced that the U.S. Soccer Federation has awarded Hoboken with a $200,000 grant for the renovation of 1600 Park. The money is part of the 2013 Safe Places to Play Grant.

The money will pay for the turf field to be built as part of the first phase of construction at 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove.

Beside the field, the first construction phase also includes lighting, bleachers and leaning rails, a dog run, restrooms, bike racks, and a slide hill and viewing mound.

"With a booming population as more families choose to stay here for the long term, our community needs more open space for recreation than ever before," Mayor Dawn Zimmer said in a press release. "We are so thankful to the U.S. Soccer Foundation for their generous support in building what will be a great field for our entire community to enjoy."

The grant is one of 48 grants from the U.S. Soccer Federation, together a total of $2.4 million.

"The U.S. Soccer Foundation is thrilled to support the City of Hoboken’s efforts to provide a safe place for children to play soccer," said Krista Washington, marketing and communications coordinator at the U.S. Soccer Foundation. 

The original plan for the opening of the soccer field at 1600 Park was September 2011. The opening has been delayed since. Construction recently began on phase 1 of 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove. 

peterbelfiore January 29, 2013 at 03:48 PM
All, Traffic Light was a ruse covering delay. The redesign of the field and contract award only occurred within the last two months. We are told the field will open in March. Since Willow Ave is a county road, has the county been notified of Hoboken’s need for a traffic light and what is the scheduled installation date. Perry
puzzledone January 29, 2013 at 03:48 PM
There is no republican or democratic way to install a stoplight.
HobokenDad January 29, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Kudos to everyone who has helped bring the dream of this fantastic river front park to fruition. Kudos as well to those residents who in reviewing the plans saw a way to make the field better and worked together with all involved to make it so.
Ojo Rojo January 29, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Still requires 6 votes if it is going to be bonded for Perry. No 6th vote, no funding and no project just like w/ the desperately needed repaving of Washington Street that is not happening b/c the 4 members of the minority absolutely refused to vote for that project too.
Ojo Rojo January 29, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Perry, I also dare you to cross Park at 16th street a couple hundred times or so during peak travel times or even during the middle of the day on a Saturday to and from the park and tell me no light is needed there. If you really think it is a ruse that the delays were in part due to the need for a light, then you will take me up on my bet. And yes, the county knows. Ask Stick Romano when the light is to be installed. I am sure he can tell you.
pdq January 29, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Hudson County is expected to install a new traffic signal with pedestrian countdown timers at 16th Street and Park Avenue in the fall. For safety reasons, the signal is an essential element prior to the opening of the park. The construction of Hoboken Cove to the east of 1600 Park will be part of Phase 2 of construction, which is expected to take place in the spring of 2013. Additional phases of work, including the boat house and improvements to the waterfront, will require additional fundraising. Read more: Hudson Reporter - News, Events, Classifieds, and Businesses in Hudson County, New Jersey
pdq January 29, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Is this the same Perry Belfiore? If so, why wasn't this field done 15 years ago? Duroy did give some Hoboken allies work in the Paterson district. Duroy hired Perry Belfiore, who is a former Hoboken school board vice president, to run the district's food services program when Duroy was first appointed in 1997. Belfiore, who is a current commissioner at the Hoboken Housing Authority, is a former employee at Epic Management, a construction management company that has been questioned by the auditors that have investigated the Paterson district's bills. According the Record story, in an October 2003 audit, there were bills for 17 projects by Epic, which equated to about $30 million in construction assignments. But invoices and records of only two projects were in the facilities department's files. According of a series of groundbreaking investigative stories from the Bergen Record, while Duroy was superintendent, Paterson misspent at least $50 million in school contracts on construction work for the district. Between 1999 and 2003, vendors overbilled the district. It was also alleged that some vendors paid bribes to officials to conceal the fraud. Both a contractor and the district's former maintenance supervisor have pled guilty in the scandal. Read more: Hudson Reporter - Duroy s winding road After alleged fiscal mismanagement ex Paterson and Hoboken school exec now teaching school management
peterbelfiore January 29, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Oh PDQ, Of course I am the same Perry Belfiore but you knew that. I will say this again. My direct report in Paterson was BA Robert Davis, the same BA hired by KIds First as Business Administrator for the Hoboken School District. When Bob left I reported to BA Mike Donow, who may still work for the Hoboken School District. Your specious screed doesn't change the fact that in 4 years not one new inch of open space has been added to Hoboken Perry
pdq January 29, 2013 at 08:08 PM
4 years? How old is Hoboken? How long has development been going on? What have the residents been given for all of this overdevelopment during those years? Crumbling roads and infrastructure and collapsing parks and fields? Come on! Have some pride and take on some responsibility. You specious screed doesnt change the fact that Hoboken is the 2nd most densly populated city in the United States and no long term planning for it's residents was taken while the developers made boatloads of cash by buying or burning out residents of this town. An above ground pool? No community center? Seriously?
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV January 29, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Perry, With all your acumen, how come there is still no pool and community center? I just don't understand how you and your Old Guard pals failed to deliver on it after how many years of promises?
Ojo Rojo January 29, 2013 at 09:23 PM
And isn't this park at 1600 another unfilled promise from many years ago that reformers finally are doing the work to fulfill? Must really upset you to see reformers actually delivering on things. Great thing about this riverfront park is it shouldn't collapse into the waterfront like some waterfront parks built by prior administrations.
peterbelfiore January 29, 2013 at 09:37 PM
PDQ If you wish to speak about fact I will indulge however I will not abide, personal attacks nor do I feel any need to defend myself As to Hoboken's infrastructure everything god and man made is subject to entropy and Road, Parks etc. However as most past critizes administration to stabilize the tax rate the Zimmer Administration does not budget for repair but rather insists on bonding. While the world tries to reduce debt, given it way, this administration would have exceeded $100, 000, 000 in debt. Where is the pool, as it is in the Western Edge Redevelopment Plan it is in court along with the latest iteration of a community center. Hoboken has always been crowded. We once had a population close to 80,000 and the problems have remained remarkable consistant no parking, flooding, inept or corrupt leaders, challenges in our school and more. Yet there is no lack of people who want to call Hoboken home. I love the place! Perry
FAP January 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Perry the highest recorded population was 70,324. It was recorded in 1910 since 1950 it has been around or below 50K. . Perry I'm glad you've finally come around to the idea of budgeting for things. Mayor Zimmer initially budgeted a reserve of 7% to 10% but facing Old Guard opposition compromised to about 5%. . Perry the money you want the mayor to save for repairs could have been in the reserve the Old Guard opposed. I look forward to hearing you at upcoming budget hearing demanding the Old Guard support Mayor Zimmer and creating a proper reserve.
Ojo Rojo January 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Stablize the tax rate? Funny how that is what you focus on but you ignore the massive increases in the total amount in taxes collected and the budget during the years prior to reformers taking charge. Easy to keep the levy when you depend on tons of new construction that pays higher taxes than old construction to pump money into the city's coffers and you consistently don't pay bills on time. Keeping the tax rate level by allowing out of control development to occur is not something you should be proud of at all. Controlling the budget on the other hand is something to very much be proud of and nobody you support ever did that. And dude, nobody is repairing things like Sinatra Park. Due to the shoddy construction of previous administrations we are completely rebuilding the darn thing just like we need to rebuild so many other things your friends did a slipshod job of building and maintaining.
MadisonMonroe January 29, 2013 at 11:43 PM
There already is a light at 15th and Park and one at 16th and Willow. How about putting up fencing along Park Ave to keep people from crossing at 16th? Why is it that this administration has to dream up the most costly, complicated answers to what are simple problems? Church Square Park has hundreds of youngsters visit every day, and somehow they make it across the many streets that line the park even though there's not one stop light around the perimeter. And in case you haven't noticed, the cars go awfully fast up and down those streets and often ignore the stop signs.
HudsonStreet January 30, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Say what you will about peterbelfiore he does have extensive first hand working experience with inept or corrupt leaders here in Hoboken.
pdq January 30, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Mr. Belfiore, to be clear, I asked 2 questions- 1- I simply asked if that was the same person referenced in the link. I asked this because as such, it indicates that you were in fact in Hoboken for many years and furthermore that you were involved in 2 governmental entities and likely knew a lot about the history of develoment and park space 2- Based on your extensive knowledge and history in Hoboken, I asked why this wasn't done 15 years ago. There was no personal attack from me. I am sorry if you took it any other way. The entity who was to deliver a pool and community center was given tax abatements based upon delivering such.. They got their low taxes and the residents got nothing but a legal fight. This is UNACCEPTABLE. Because Hoboken has always been over-crowded and corrupt doesnt mean it has to stay that way. Prior Mayors,planning board and zoning boards could have changed the over crowding- by purchasing land in the 70s and 80s for pennies on the dollar ( comapartively)or changing the planning and zoning structures to provide for more open space for the residents, but they didnt. They turned their backs on the residents and made lots of cash doing so. Certainly, corruption can be stopped and has been. Most everyone loves this place they also want those who were involved in corrupt practices out of any leadership role so the city can give more to the residents instead of taking from them.
pdq January 30, 2013 at 03:29 AM
100,000,000. in debt? That is what the hospital would have cost if we had to pay that debt instead of selling the Hospital. 4 wanted to deal to fall through- leaving the taxpayers strapped to 100m debt. This is exactly what corrupt politcos do- take from the residents.That type of thinking is the antithesis of good government. Past administrations didnt stablize the taxes- they raised them hugely nearly doubling them one and halving them another time. Russo raised taxes 50% in his first year in office. Roberts raised the munipal portion 87% at the end of his term- this isn't stablizing. This is robbery. This is why there should be a pool and a community center- where the heck did all that money go? The worst part of it is that there were hundreds of millions in grants to make parks during their administrations. The whole thing was so pathetic.
pdq January 30, 2013 at 03:31 AM
correction- zoning variances.
pdq January 30, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Simply put- brfore Russo and Roberts took office a typical house paid 4-5k a year in taxes,at the end of those terms, they now they pay 14-15k a year, with many paying 20-30k a year. what'd they get? over crowding with HUGE condominium buildings not suited for families ,massive traffic issues, crumbling roads and infratructure that shoudl have been taken care of duing the building BOOM by developers and parks and fields that fall into the sea. Yeah- where's the damn pool, a field or 2 and a community center? Isn't the very least our elected officials could have demanded for our residents from those who made hundreds of millionsof dollar from the zoning variances they were given? Sorry Mr. Belfiore- it's unconsciounable and beyond exasperating.
demosthenes January 30, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Entropy is i a cool word. I haven't heard it since high school science and thought it referred to a tendency toward randomness but I defer to your superior knowledge of multi-syllable words. I agree that it is unfair to try to discredit you by referencing wrongdoing with which you were never criminally charged. It would help, however, to understand your love of Hoboken if you would explain what you meant when you compared Hoboken to a "South Africa type situation," and bemoaned Peter Cammarano's arrest not because taking bribes was wrong but because you were now left without a "plan B." After you explain what you meant, I would be happy to explain to you the difference between repairs resulting from ordinary wear and tear and capital expenditures since you appear to be genuinely confused. Perhaps it was confusion resulting from your lack of understanding of financial issues that led to that misunderstanding in Patterson that people so unfairly keep bringing up since you were never charged..
Ojo Rojo January 30, 2013 at 06:00 PM
The sidewalks along park and willow adjacent to that building undergoing demolition cannot be used while work is ongoing at that site and I believe at least 1 side of that block has been completely closed for months. How many buildings undergoing demolition and closed sidewalks do you have over at Church Square Park? And just how fast do the cars go down there? I think b/c of all the stop signs and that flashing red light, they go about 1/3 as fast and you get less than 1/3 the level of traffic you see up by 1600 Park. If you don't think a light is needed up there, I dare you to cross Park at 16th a few hundred times during peak travel periods like those hundreds of youngsters do at Church Square Park and if you live to tell the tale, then you can tell us how no light is needed at that location.
peterbelfiore January 30, 2013 at 07:53 PM
pdq, My taxes were never as low as $4,000 in taxes, but I do know that my grocery bill has more than doubled in the time frame you reference. Land bank in the 70's really. Who would pay the debt service and maintain the property? But plans for the construction of a pool and the community center were always in the Western Edge Development, which has never been built and remain mired in litigation. Demosthenes the subject and architectonics of your post is both old and boring . Perhaps you took the pebbles out of your mouth prematurely. Hudson, I have been disappointed by people, some I relaly cared for. Forde, put down the pom-pom. A budgeted surplus is a line item raised on top of your operating and capital improvement budget. Today's budget is higher than ever, contains no capital improvement and relays too heavily on increasing debt through bonding. Perry
HudsonStreet January 30, 2013 at 08:23 PM
peterbelfiore, I would say that a great many people have also been disapointed with your past and ongoing political affiliations with seamier side of Hoboken.
Ojo Rojo January 30, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Back in 2007 they said they would build a theater, pool and community center before building any more housing units. Since 2007, at least 3 new condo & rental buildings have been built by that developer. No, it was never part of just the western edge project. It was something they said they would do from when they 1st broke ground on buildings up in the NW area and they are over 5 years overdue for delivering on those promises of theirs. That is what we get when your friends run the town, promises that are never fulfilled.
Ojo Rojo January 30, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Rebuilding Sinatra Park practically from scratch = capital improvement Building 1600 Park = capital improvement Purchasing and installing park equipment = capital improvement And just so you know, the definition of capital improvement is "Expenditures that stop deterioration of property or add new improvements and appreciably prolong its life"
pdq January 30, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Mr. Belfiore, Bonding is used exactly for purchasing property and buildings and for major capital improvements. The operating budget should not contain such costs as it would be unfair for one particular "taxed resident year" to pay for improvements that are long term. Such bonding costs should be spread out for multiple years and assumably be part of the debt service. The developers never should have gotten their zoning variance before building the pool and community center. Nor should they have ever been allowed to continue to build or be given several more variances without remitting contracted work. The prior administrations allowed this to occur, undaunted. They created and agreed to contracts that worked against "giving back" to the residents of this town. That kind of abuse cannot be allowed to happen again. It seems you know the history and details regarding these issues yet are somehow trying to make it seem OK. It's not OK. "who would pay the debt service and maintain the property?"Answer: The same people who are paying for it now. Just like the developers should have paid for the fields, pool and community centers during the building boom. How much would it have cost them comparative to the hundreds of millions they raked in? A drop in the bucket? Was that too much to give back to the residents? As you said -in essence, lots of corrupt politicians screwed the residents.
Journey January 30, 2013 at 10:34 PM
don't forget all the crossing guards near Church Square Park when school lets out.
demosthenes January 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Architectonics? Wow, now that's a word!! I for one do not consider you or your beliefs to be either old or boring, though veterans of city council meeting may disagree. As for your knowledge of finance, since the extraordinary ignorance displayed in your comments is feigned, trying to educate you is a waste of energy. After all, a man who uses words like architectonics is surely not lacking in education or common sense though I'm always confused when smart people think they look smart by pretending to be stupid. And as you know, the pool was promised and never delivered as part of the northwest redevelopment plan years before the western edge was even designated for redevelopment. Do you really want to discuss the list of givebacks that were never delivered under the agreement penned by Frank Raia that resulted in a project for which Michelle Russo acted as exclusive realtor for the entire zone? I think it was a supermarket, 2 or 3 community centers, a charter school, a ton of parking and a community pool. We got the supermarket and, in place of everything else, a movie theater, while Mrs. Russo collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in brokerage commissions. . But those were the good old days - before you needed a "plan B."
ThisMeansWar January 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Nice job to whoever wrote the grant request. Their fine work seems to have gotten lost in the sauce.


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