I'm a long-time Hoboken resident. I'm also a kayaker, paddling the Hudson River almost daily. I've fallen in love with kayaking, the Hudson River, Hoboken and now The Weehawken Cove.
I truly believe Hoboken has got to protect and recognize the Weehawken Cove as our own beautiful treasure! We should not develop it. It would be a horrible mistake to not preserve The Weehawken Cove. It is such a precious spot. Henry Hudson recognized the Cove's peaceful serene, protective waters and shores! We should too.
I am a proud member of the Downtown Boathouse and Hudson River Trail Association. I ran public kayak programs for years, in Manhattan and now Hoboken, at the Hoboken High School and Frank Sinatra Park. Hoboken's City Hall was shocked at the positive response to the kayak program in town. The public was hungry for kayaking. It is the fastest growing sport. I know kayakers in Hoboken that keep their kayaks in NYC or even in their living rooms!
But the Weehawken Cove is the perfect location for a kayak boathouse and non-motorized boating because it is so protected from the fast currents of the river. I envision The Weehawken Cove area as a scenic natural park space with a kayak boathouse, river access for non-motorized boats and wide continuous walkways around the shore of the Cove. I see a creative beautiful river park, including the Piers nearby with many interactive park activities, just as other great cities have done such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco. I envision a park with cafes, lovely concessions and adjacent upland green space.
The Weehawken Cove is our treasure! Let's protect it before it is overdeveloped and it is too late. Sandy Sobanski