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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
If there is more space/funds available one of these would be ideal:
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.