The City of Hoboken is seeking the public’s input on three newly released renderings for Maritime Park, which were unveiled at a virtual meeting last night.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“After nearly six long, hard-fought years, Hoboken is finally moving forward with a beautiful waterfront park that is publicly accessible to all at the former Union Dry Dock site,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.
“We are now able to finally envision the design of what will become Maritime Park, and now is the time to provide input to help make that happen. I encourage residents to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape this waterfront park by taking the survey on the three concepts.”
The mayor invites members of the community to participate in an online survey to provide input on the three waterfront park designs. To take the online survey, which is scheduled to close on July 26th, at 6 p.m., click here.
After years of negotiations with New York Waterway, the city council voted in February for a three-year lease with the company to use Union Dry Dock, which comes out to $4,573 in rent a month, as well as $1,174,146.90 contract to create a maritime park design.
The three concepts incorporate a mix of civic, ecological, and recreational features, and provide public access to Hoboken’s waterfront that had previously been inaccessible for decades.
Community input collected from the survey, as well as the previous survey and public meetings, will be used to create a final concept design.
The first concept, Civic Pier, aligns the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway along Frank Sinatra Drive, providing expansive spaces for gathering including a large lawn, and civic hub building, which would include community meeting spaces and restrooms, as well as a reconstructed pier with play features and docks for event barges.
The concept also expands the existing adjacent beach at Maxwell Park, updates the skate park, and provides a kayak launch as well as a pedestrian bridge from Elysian Park to Maritime Park’s proposed civic hub. The Civic Pier concept creates a civic waterfront destination centered around gathering and immersive river experiences.
The second concept, Habitat Terraces, weaves the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway through the middle of the park.
The concept focuses on building ecological habitats, which include an adventure forest with trails, rocky tidal terraces, a coastal meadow, habitat islands and lawns drifts, utilizing native plantings.
Additionally, this design integrates native ecologies and organizes a series of interactive and ecologically focused programmed spaces for public enjoyment and education.
The third and final concept, Waterfront Promenade, places the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway along the waterfront’s edge.
This includes a skatepark, flexible lawn space, forested trails, a public plaza, and three pavilions for community meetings, art programming, and recreation space. The concept also includes a living shoreline and expanded beach adjacent to Maxwell Park.
The Waterfront Promenade concept also redefines and celebrates the water’s edge and supports immersive and active recreational programs.
Maritime Park will be constructed at the former Union Dry Dock site along Hoboken’s uptown waterfront. The park will be approximately 8 acres including both land and water space.