Hoboken Breaks Ground on Expansion of Southwest Resiliency Park

Renderings courtesy of City of Hoboken

The expansion of Hoboken’s Southwest Resiliency Park will double the flood mitigation efforts of the city while providing more open space amenities for local residents. The park is located at 51 Marshall Street.  With the impending expansion, the size of the park will double.  Construction on the expansion is expected to conclude in the fall of 2025.

“Today marks a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to create a more resilient Hoboken,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “The expansion of the Southwest Resiliency Park will not only offer recreational and green spaces, but also provide a critical tool to help mitigate rainfall flooding in West Hoboken. Thank you to the many residents who provided input for the park’s final design. I look forward to opening the park with you all next year!”

Crews began clearing the space of equipment this week, in preparation for the full construction of the park’s permanent features.

         The expansion of the 1-acre park space will include numerous features, including six pickle ball courts, a basketball court, a playground, picnic tables, and a social plaza at the expansion’s entry.  A city press release states, “On rainy days, the park will mitigate flooding by detaining approximately 300,000 gallons of stormwater through above and below ground infrastructure. Rainwater will be captured and stored during storms through permeable pavers in the ground, green infrastructure, rain gardens, street bioswales, and an underground detention system. The large underground basins will withhold the stormwater during rainfall which will then be released into the city’s combined sewer system to mitigate on-street flooding.”

This project is a component of the Rebuild by Design Hudson River Project (“RBD – HR”) – and the City’s comprehensive stormwater management strategy to delay, store, and discharge stormwater. Heavy rain can often overwhelm the combined sewer system and flood low-lying areas of the surrounding neighborhood.

Three years ago, “the Bhalla administration announced the acquisition of Block 10, the site of the Southwest Resiliency Park expansion, from Academy Bus and soon after, a temporary pop-up park was opened so residents could immediately benefit from additional recreational space. The final permanent park design was developed through an open public planning process that included community engagement sessions and surveys to gain feedback on possible park amenities,” according to the press release.

How is this all being paid for?  “The acquisition is being financed through the New Jersey I-Bank and grant funds from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund and the Green Acres Program. The City also received more than $6.24 million to fund elements of the park related to rainfall flood mitigation in its second successful Building Resilience in Communities grant application from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),” according to the city.

If you would like further information about the Southwest Resiliency Park expansion project, visit www.hobokennj.gov/swparkphase2.

 

 

 

 

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