July 12, 2023

The City of Hoboken seeks public input on draft Maritime Park concepts

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken today unveiled three draft design concepts for the future Maritime Park, located at the former Union Dry Dock waterfront property. The three concepts incorporate a mix of civic, ecological, and recreational features, and provide public access to Hoboken’s waterfront that had previously been inaccessible for decades.

Mayor Bhalla invites members of the community to participate in an online survey to provide input on the three waterfront park designs. To take the online survey, go to hobokennj.gov/maritimeparksurvey. The survey is scheduled to close on July 26, at 6 p.m. Community input collected from the survey, as well as the previous survey and public meetings, will be used to create a final concept design.

“After nearly six long, hard-fought years, Hoboken is moving forward with what residents have been seeking for many years - a beautiful waterfront park that is publicly accessible to all at the former Union Dry Dock site," said Mayor Bhalla. "We are now able to finally envision the design of what will become Maritime Park, and now is the time to provide input to help make that happen. I encourage residents to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape this waterfront park by taking the survey on the three concepts."

The first concept, Civic Pier, aligns the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway along Frank Sinatra Drive, providing expansive spaces for gathering including a large lawn, and civic hub building, which would include community meeting spaces and restrooms, as well as a reconstructed pier with play features and docks for event barges. The concept also expands the existing adjacent beach at Maxwell Park, updates the skate park, and provides a kayak launch as well as a pedestrian bridge from Elysian Park to Maritime Park’s proposed civic hub. The Civic Pier concept creates a civic waterfront destination centered around gathering and immersive river experiences.

The second concept, Habitat Terraces, weaves the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway through the middle of the park. The concept focuses on building ecological habitats, which include an adventure forest with trails, rocky tidal terraces, a coastal meadow, habitat islands and lawns drifts, utilizing native plantings. The Habitat Terraces concept integrates native ecologies and organizes a series of interactive and ecologically focused programmed spaces for public enjoyment and education.

The third concept, Waterfront Promenade, places the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway along the waterfront’s edge. The concept includes a skatepark, flexible lawn space, forested trails, a public plaza, and three pavilions for community meetings, art programming, and recreation space. The concept also includes a living shoreline and expanded beach adjacent to Maxwell Park. The Waterfront Promenade concept redefines and celebrates the water’s edge and supports immersive and active recreational programs.

Maritime Park will be constructed at the former Union Dry Dock site along Hoboken’s uptown waterfront. The park will be approximately 8 acres including both land and water space.

To learn more about the project, go to hobokennj.gov/maritimepark.

The three concepts include a mix of civic, ecological, and recreational features for the future Maritime Park at the former Union Dry Dock site.