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New Church Square Park Playground Leaves Some Moms Disappointed

Mothers with younger children say the playground is only appropriate for older kids.

Some mothers in Hoboken are disappointed with the new equipment in Church Square Park.

The new playground opened last week.

In a letter to Mayor Dawn Zimmer and through posts on Twitter, the moms have expressed their disappointment.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer responded that she is "open to suggestions."

"@Hobmom33 please send me an email w/your suggestions & contact info-dzimmer@hobokennj.org. After new year I will discuss w/planner," Zimmer wrote.

Pollyn Horvath, one local mom, expressed her concern in a letter to the mayor, which is published below.

Dear Mayor Zimmer,

The great draw of Church Square Park before the renovation was the designated areas for different age groups. Families with multiple-aged children could find something for the whole family. As a mom of twin 3 yr olds, it was nice to have a gated area with age-appropriate equipment. We graduated from the toddler park to the 4th Street side (and center area when it wasn't crowded) and were very excited for the renovation. I expected upgraded equipment, while keeping the same concept of separate areas.

The equipment for older kids looks great, but it has left the 2-5 year olds with few options. I suggest adding a slide to the 4th Street side. I hope it's not too late to make adjustments, otherwise, many families will not be able to use the most centrally-located park in Hoboken.

I looked at the Kompan website and saw 2 slide options that may fit the 4th St area as is. Please see links below.

http://products.kompan.com/us/Products/Early_Childhood_Products/ELEMENTS/3470/Tower__ELE400050
http://products.kompan.com/us/Products/Early_Childhood_Products/ELEMENTS/3498/Spirit_ELE400052.html
If there is more space/funds available one of these would be ideal:
http://products.kompan.com/us/Products/Early_Childhood_Products/MOMENTS/3508/Pirate_Ship_MS32P.html
http://fileexplorer.kompan.com/fetchfile.aspx?file=39008&download=1
http://products.kompan.com/us/Products/Early_Childhood_Products/ELEMENTS/3493/Flow_3_ELE400055.html

As renovation plans begin with Elysian and Stevens Park, I hope that age groups will be considered more closely, as well as providing gated areas (especially at Stevens Park). It makes a world of difference to be able to enjoy the playground without fear of your child wandering off. I know I am not alone in seeking safe and appropriate equipment for preschoolers.

I grew up in Jersey City and have lived in Hoboken for 8 years. The city has come a very long way and I love my community.Thank you for considering these suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Pollyn Horvath

Sudsy Buggy December 31, 2012 at 07:48 PM
The only reason why I care about your comments are because you are polluting the discussion. I understand you pay taxes however.... This new playground didn't take any open space away from you. We as parents are just disappointed in the simple fact that CSP which used to provide something for EVERYONE...... excluded our preschoolers. I apologize for my tone.... I'm frustrated. This park was a great part of our lives. I will miss mornings here followed by a trip to the library :(
Norton December 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Whats going on with disappearing comments?...one can't get too controversial on an AOL site. Just clean Mom and Pop fun lite news. "The truth, you can't handle the truth!"
Carter Craft January 01, 2013 at 11:01 PM
really like the new park... could there be more for our 18 month old when he is 2-3-4? sure. is it challenging for our 4 year old? oh yeah, but he seems to enjoy it. i think i went to at least 2 of the three or four meetings about the re-design, including the first one with former Director Maier (I've done hundreds of meetings but THAT was an interesting one :) they seemed well advertised. the number of people at the meetings was clearly a fraction of the almost 200 who took the survey. But from the analysis I saw of the survey it seems like the present park responded to those desires and concerns. Fortunately for all of us there are still companies that make Balls, Wheeled Things and other toys so the physical development of our kids doesn't have to depend ONLY on these playgrounds!
NCV Monroe January 03, 2013 at 02:26 AM
I agree with HM2. That park was so great being able to be used by several age groups. Hope it can get fixed.
Hobmom333 January 13, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I've been hearing a lot that parents should have gotten involved at the planning stage instead of complaining after the fact. The plans clearly show that there was to be equipment for all ages. See Goal #4: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/env/csp/Church-Square-Park-Playground-Equipment.pdf These plans led parents to believe that preschoolers would have equipment, like the slide pictured, hence, the complaints. And to clarify again, there is a baby area for babies to 2, the new equipment for 5-12, and a few buckets for ages 3-5. Frankly, I wouldn't let my 5 yr old near that huge slide for fear of falling and getting knocked over by the much bigger kids. Children need separate play areas.

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