Dueling ribbon cuttings announced for Hoboken park
Sep 21, 2017 | 1251 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This a rendering of the new Southwest Park as it will appear in years to come
This a rendering of the new Southwest Park as it will appear in years to come
HOBOKEN – After the city of Hoboken announced a ribbon cutting for the new Southwest Park on Friday Sept. 22, Councilman Dave Mello issued a release that he, along with Southwest Parks Coalition co-founder John Gregorio and Councilman Ruben Ramos, will hold a separate ribbon cutting for the park the following day.

During several council meetings, Mello and Ramos said they preferred a weekend ribbon cutting because they both work. But the administration still scheduled it for mid-morning on a weekday. (However, the administration also said in a press release this morning that they will also hold a public celebration for the park on Wednesday Sept. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

"All are welcome to attend, as we celebrate this moment with an informal and festive ribbon cutting, which we want all of our friends and neighbors to be able to participate in," states the Mello press release. "This is your park, Hoboken, and its opening should be celebrated at a time when the maximum number of people who made this dream a reality can revel in its long-awaited start."

The city's ribbon cutting will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at Jackson Street and Observer Highway, while the Saturday ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m.

The park is bounded by Paterson Plank Road, Observer Highway, Jackson and Harrison Streets.

The one-acre park, which will hold 200,000 gallons of storm water runoff, incorporates green infrastructure such as rain grades, porous pavers, and shade tree pits.

The park also feature a dog run, moveable cafe tables, a pop up market zone, a restroom, multi level seating for small performances, and a lawn area.

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