Tuesday, December 3, 2013

PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS FOR SOUTHWEST PARK & WASHINGTON STREET

City of Hoboken announces:


PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS FOR SOUTHWEST PARK & WASHINGTON STREET




All members of the Hoboken community are invited to public meetings to gather input on the planning of the first phase of a Southwest Park and on the complete streets redesign of Washington Street. Community workshops for the Southwest Park and Washington Street will be held at the Multi Service Center on December 10 and December 16, respectively.

Southwest Park Community Workshop
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7pm-9pm
Where: Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street
Format: Presentation followed by workshop (participants requested to attend entire meeting)
Online survey: www.hobokennj.org/swpark

Washington Street Redesign Community Workshop
When: Monday, December 16, 2013, 6pm-8pm
Where: Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street
Format: Brief presentation followed by breakout groups and visioning station (participants are encouraged to attend presentation at 6pm but may visit at any time from 6pm-8pm)

In October 2013, the City of Hoboken acquired a one acre property bounded by Jackson Street, Observer Highway, Harrison Street, and Paterson Avenue as the first major installment of a new Southwest Park. Starr Whitehouse, a landscape architecture and planning firm with expertise in parks design and green infrastructure for stormwater management, has been hired to lead the planning process for the Southwest Park.

“Through an online survey, we’ve already heard from hundreds of residents on their ideas for a Southwest Park,” said Mayor Zimmer. “I urge everyone to complete the survey and also participate in these community workshops so we can create a great new park for our growing Southwest neighborhood.”

The City has also hired the RBA Group to plan the complete streets redesign of Washington Street. The City adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2010. Complete Streets are roadways that enable safe and convenient access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, children, people with disabilities, seniors, movers of commercial goods, and users of public transportation. Complete Streets stimulate active, healthy behavior, reduce automotive traffic and pollution, encourage more foot traffic to businesses, and enhance interaction with the shared space we all know as the street.

“Washington Street is already nationally recognized as a ‘Great Street,’ but we know it can be improved,” added Mayor Zimmer. “Whether it’s safer pedestrian crossings, green stormwater management, or smart technologies to improve parking and public transit, we want to hear the community’s vision and priorities for making Washington Street an even greater street.”