Hoboken to open 17 blocks for open streets program, 8 dog parks, this weekend

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The City of Hoboken is planning to open 17 block as part of their ongoing open streets program, as well as eight dog parks, this upcoming weekend.

Church Square Dog Park. Photo via amusements-parks.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I’m glad to share that we are once again creating open streets this upcoming weekend to help residents with extra room for social distancing while enjoying the outdoors,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a Nixle alert this evening.

“This weekend’s open streets, totaling 17 blocks, will help connect the new park at 7th and Jackson Streets to Columbus Park.”

The streets closed for open space will be Jackson Street between 2nd Street and 7th Street, 7th Street between Grand Street and Jackson Streets, Jefferson Street between 6th and 8th Streets, Adams Street between 6th and 9th Streets, and Grand Street between 7th and 9th Streets.

This is the third week of the Mile Square City’s pilot program for open space, which has proven to be popular so far.

Additionally, the mayor revealed that dog runs will open Saturdays at 8 a.m., with social distancing and face masks required at all times.

The eight dog parks and their accompanying rules are as follows:

• Church Square Park (Large Dog Run Capacity: 20 people, Small Dog Run Capacity: 10 people)
• Elysian Park (Dog Run Capacity: 15 people)
• Harborside Park (Dog Run Capacity: 15 people)
• Hudson Street (Large Dog Run Capacity:10 people, Small Dog Run Capacity: 5 people)
• Stevens Park (Dog Run Capacity: 15 people)
• Southwest Park (Dog Run Capacity: 10 people)
• 14th Street Viaduct (Dog Run Capacity: 10 people. NOTE: The Viaduct Dog Park will be closed when the adjacent COVID-19 testing center is open to the public: between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday)
• Maxwell Park (East Dog Run Capacity: 5 people, West Dog Run Capacity: 5 people)