Hoboken officials joined local children earlier today to celebrate the grand opening of Jefferson Park, which recently completed renovations.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Mayor Ravi Bhalla, 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos, Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour, along with children from the city’s Boys and Girls Club and Dual Language Charter celebrated the grand opening of Jefferson Park.
Located on Jefferson Street between 1st and 2nd Streets, was recently renovated to maximize park space with brand new playground equipment for children of different ages, two climbing structures, and a new turf safety surface.
The features of the new park were decided upon thanks to feedback earlier this year from parents, children and educators who frequent the park.
“Thanks to our collaboration with the community, Hoboken was able to renovate Jefferson Park with brand new playground equipment and modern features that benefit the entire neighborhood,” Bhalla said in a joint statement.
He also thanked the members of the Friends of Jefferson Park who also contributed to the design process. The group is actively seeking new members. If interested, please email Environmental Services Director Jennifer Gonzalez at email@example.com.
“It was truly a collaborative effort with all community stakeholders and the final design is reflective of ideas from neighborhood residents, the Boys and Girls Club, and HoLa communities. This is another positive park project for Southwest Hoboken and I thank all those who helped make it possible,” added Ramos.
The city is also currently renovating the Maxwell Park dog run, installing a new safety surface at Elysian Park, rehabilitating the South Waterfront from Pier A to Pier C, and building the 5-acre Northwest Resiliency Park.
“I am grateful for the leadership of Director Jennifer Gonzalez in making this project so successful – she worked with many stakeholders to come up with a plan that was responsive to the needs of HoLa, the Boys and Girls Club, and families in this neighborhood,” stated Jabbour.
“My thanks go to Mayor Bhalla as well for prioritizing this project. Now more than ever, we are realizing the importance of public spaces to allow our children to run, play, and feel some normalcy.”
Jefferson Park is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. until dusk.