Weehawken officials hosted a ribbon cutting for a brand new indoor playground on Feb 28. Located at 50th Street and Park Avenue, “Play City” is the first such facility in the township.
The 3,000 square foot space, designed for ages 0-12, comes with four slides, two ball pits, a climbing net, trampoline, soft play equipment, and even an obstacle course. It is separated into three spaces: a toddler area, an infant toddler area, and an area for ages 3 and above. The space is a sign of burgeoning development in a once stagnant area, officials said.
“This is just another addition to all the improvements that have taken place in the last five years in this neighborhood.” – Mayor Richard Turner
“This will also bring a lot more activity to Park Avenue,” he added, “for all the stores that are here. It’s good for all the businesses here, good location. It was empty for so long; it was an abandoned building.”
That is until last December, when developer 84 Waldo LLC hired George Georgiadis, Play City’s owner, to build 18 apartment units in the building’s upper level. While Georgiadis’s construction company, Soli Development Inc, worked on the residences, he noticed an empty space in the building’s lower level.
A neighborhood revitalized
“I saw this place down here and then I said, ‘I’ll rent this out,’” Georgiadis said about his decision to use and transform the space into Play City. He also happens to be a father to two daughters
“They would never have invested here five years ago,” Turner soon added. “because there were too many rundown buildings. The neighborhood was fine. Where people lived was fine. Park Avenue was not there yet. This whole section of Park Avenue is totally revitalized.”
“I’ve been here over 50 years,” said Councilman Robert Sosa, after the cutting. “This establishment over here has never really had any kind of business that I want to say was part of the neighborhood, serving the neighbors, serving the residents. It was always a non-entity, basically. This is the first time we’re having now a service, a business that one can say is part of the neighborhood, is needed by the neighborhood.”
He also spoke about the significance of the opening for local moms and dads.
“Parents can come over here, bring their children into play with them. Interface with them, and actually network with each other too. And the good thing is, it doesn’t really matter what kind of a climate it is outside. Is it raining? Is it snowing? It doesn’t matter. That’s a wonderful thing.”
For more information on “Play City,” visit https://www.playcityinc.com/
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