City of Hoboken to construct fourth resiliency park

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said earlier this week that the city is seeking a qualified consultant to engage in an open public process for the design of the city’s newest resiliency park, planned for 800 Monroe St.

“The city has taken an innovative approach to provide our residents with more quality open space that also serves the dual purpose of making our mile-square community more resilient to the effects of climate change,” said Bhalla. “I look forward to working with the community on creating a multifaceted park for all residents to enjoy.”

The 1.43-acre property is envisioned as a world-class resiliency park and community space that will be integral to the neighborhood, mitigate rainfall flooding in western Hoboken, and connect the Green Circuit as detailed in the city’s Master Plan.

The city acquired the property, bounded by Monroe Street to the west, 8th Street to the south, Jackson Street to the east and a residential building to the north, through a three-way land swap agreement with Applied Parties earlier this fall.

The park’s design will complement the character of the existing neighborhood and the 7th & Jackson Resiliency Park, which the city opened in 2019, that can detain more than 470,000 gallons of stormwater runoff.

The selected consultant will work with the city, community stakeholders and the public at large to create design alternatives for the site incorporating innovative active recreation, passive recreation, cultural amenities, landscapes, resiliency components and urban design.