Ground design

Hoboken advances plans for fourth resilience park

Plans for a new resilience park in Hoboken – which could hold more than half a million gallons of stormwater to further mitigate flooding on the west side of the city – are moving forward, Mayor Ravi Bhalla said.

Plans for a 1.43-acre park at 800 Monroe Street will be shared in the fall as part of a public planning process seeking community input, the mayor’s office said.

In addition to normal amenities, the park would become the city’s fourth resilience park, in addition to Northwest Resilience Park, Southwest Resilience Park and its expansion, and 7th and Resilience Park of Jackson. The fourth park would give the city a total of over 10 acres of parkland with above and below ground flood mitigation infrastructure.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

“The creation of Hoboken’s fourth Resilience Park at 800 Monroe is another major step forward in our efforts to provide more green space while simultaneously mitigating flooding during heavy rains,” Bhalla said.

“Hoboken will continue to lead the way for the region by implementing innovative, dual-purpose strategies to improve the quality of life for all of our residents, and this park is the latest example. I look forward to hearing feedback from our community on park amenities in the months ahead.

Hoboken City Council unanimously awarded the contract to engineering firm AECOM to provide proposed park designs at the July 20 council meeting. By October, the City and AECOM will host the first of several public engagement sessions to gather community feedback, which will be used to create design alternatives that could incorporate active and passive recreation amenities, infrastructure green, components of resilience and urban design.

The park is also proposed to connect to the green circuit, as detailed in the city master plan.

The project team will launch a project website in the coming months to keep members of the public informed throughout the design process.

The City acquired the property, originally slated for residential development, in a three-party land swap agreement with the parties last year. Prior to the Monarch acquisition, a 186-unit residential building was planned on the land. As part of the Monarch settlement, the City will use funding of approximately $550,000 from affected parties for the design process of 800 Monroe, with no impact on the City budget.

Council Speaker and Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo praised the city for using the land for a park.

“This location will complete a vision for an expanded park system in our neighborhood,” he said. “Once completed, this park will not only help alleviate flooding in the Third Ward and beyond, but will also provide residents with new recreational opportunities. Thanks to the administration for prioritizing this space as part of the Monarch agreement.

Fifth Ward councilor Phil Cohen, chairman of the community development subcommittee, agreed.

“Instead of a large apartment building with over 180 apartments located at 800 Monroe, residents of Northwest Hoboken can expect to have a beautiful neighborhood resilience park designed with the public in mind,” a- he declared. “I look forward to meeting with the community and the AECOM project team to design a park that reflects our needs as a city.”

The city has opened two resilience parks since 2017; Southwest Resiliency Park and 7th & Jackson Resiliency Park, which can hold a combined total of 670,000 gallons of stormwater during severe weather events. The city is slated to open its third and largest resilience park, Northwest Resiliency Park, in the spring of 2023. It will retain up to 2 million gallons of stormwater and provide more than 5 acres of open space.

The city continues to engage in a community design process to double the size of Southwest Resilience Park to Block 10 at Observer Highway and Harrison Street. The city and project team will submit a final design proposal on surface and below-grade stormwater active recreation infrastructure to mitigate flooding in the area this fall.