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Hoboken Receives $200k Grant from U.S. Soccer Federation

The city announced the grant on Monday afternoon.

Hoboken is officially a "safe place to play."

On Monday, the city announced that the U.S. Soccer Federation has awarded Hoboken with a $200,000 grant for the renovation of 1600 Park. The money is part of the 2013 Safe Places to Play Grant.

The money will pay for the turf field to be built as part of the first phase of construction at 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove.

Beside the field, the first construction phase also includes lighting, bleachers and leaning rails, a dog run, restrooms, bike racks, and a slide hill and viewing mound.

"With a booming population as more families choose to stay here for the long term, our community needs more open space for recreation than ever before," Mayor Dawn Zimmer said in a press release. "We are so thankful to the U.S. Soccer Foundation for their generous support in building what will be a great field for our entire community to enjoy."

The grant is one of 48 grants from the U.S. Soccer Federation, together a total of $2.4 million.

"The U.S. Soccer Foundation is thrilled to support the City of Hoboken’s efforts to provide a safe place for children to play soccer," said Krista Washington, marketing and communications coordinator at the U.S. Soccer Foundation. 

The original plan for the opening of the soccer field at 1600 Park was September 2011. The opening has been delayed since. Construction recently began on phase 1 of 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove. 

Ojo Rojo January 30, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Rebuilding Sinatra Park practically from scratch = capital improvement Building 1600 Park = capital improvement Purchasing and installing park equipment = capital improvement And just so you know, the definition of capital improvement is "Expenditures that stop deterioration of property or add new improvements and appreciably prolong its life"
pdq January 30, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Mr. Belfiore, Bonding is used exactly for purchasing property and buildings and for major capital improvements. The operating budget should not contain such costs as it would be unfair for one particular "taxed resident year" to pay for improvements that are long term. Such bonding costs should be spread out for multiple years and assumably be part of the debt service. The developers never should have gotten their zoning variance before building the pool and community center. Nor should they have ever been allowed to continue to build or be given several more variances without remitting contracted work. The prior administrations allowed this to occur, undaunted. They created and agreed to contracts that worked against "giving back" to the residents of this town. That kind of abuse cannot be allowed to happen again. It seems you know the history and details regarding these issues yet are somehow trying to make it seem OK. It's not OK. "who would pay the debt service and maintain the property?"Answer: The same people who are paying for it now. Just like the developers should have paid for the fields, pool and community centers during the building boom. How much would it have cost them comparative to the hundreds of millions they raked in? A drop in the bucket? Was that too much to give back to the residents? As you said -in essence, lots of corrupt politicians screwed the residents.
Journey January 30, 2013 at 10:34 PM
don't forget all the crossing guards near Church Square Park when school lets out.
demosthenes January 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Architectonics? Wow, now that's a word!! I for one do not consider you or your beliefs to be either old or boring, though veterans of city council meeting may disagree. As for your knowledge of finance, since the extraordinary ignorance displayed in your comments is feigned, trying to educate you is a waste of energy. After all, a man who uses words like architectonics is surely not lacking in education or common sense though I'm always confused when smart people think they look smart by pretending to be stupid. And as you know, the pool was promised and never delivered as part of the northwest redevelopment plan years before the western edge was even designated for redevelopment. Do you really want to discuss the list of givebacks that were never delivered under the agreement penned by Frank Raia that resulted in a project for which Michelle Russo acted as exclusive realtor for the entire zone? I think it was a supermarket, 2 or 3 community centers, a charter school, a ton of parking and a community pool. We got the supermarket and, in place of everything else, a movie theater, while Mrs. Russo collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in brokerage commissions. . But those were the good old days - before you needed a "plan B."
ThisMeansWar January 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Nice job to whoever wrote the grant request. Their fine work seems to have gotten lost in the sauce.

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