Hoboken 1st Ward Councilman/mayoral hopeful Mike DeFusco plans to bring a “floating pool and urban beach” area to the Mile Square City if elected on November 7th.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œPoliticians have promised us a community pool for as long as I can remember, but they have never delivered,â€ DeFusco said in a statement.
â€œHoboken should be leading the way and providing innovative community amenities — which is why as Mayor, I will acquire the land currently owned by Union Dry Dock on the Hudson River to finally connect the entire waterfront and construct a municipal urban beach and floating pool complex.”
The Floating Pool concept would not only finally provide Hoboken residents with a public community pool, but would also include two Urban Beach spaces: a childrenâ€™s splash pool, a riverfront marina and a continuation of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
Located at 901 Sinatra Drive, the Union Dry Dock property is the last vestige of the waterfrontâ€™s industrial past and one of the only remaining undeveloped parcels on the Gold Coast.
Under DeFuscoâ€™s plan, the property would be acquired through transparent negotiations, and public-private partnerships would be sought to minimize upfront costs to Hoboken taxpayers while providing a much-needed community amenity.
One of his mayoral rivals, Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla has already expressed an interest in making a city-run pool a part of his recreation program agenda.
While a spokesman for the Bhalla campaign declined to comment on DeFusco’s proposed pool plan, a source close to the councilman said “at some point in the campaign, plans will be subject to a reality test and we are going to be very comfortable in that comparison.”