WEEHAWKEN AND BEYOND - Shovels were (ceremoniously) put to the dirt by local officials on Monday to break ground for the Weehawken Cove section of the Hudson Waterfront Walkway.
Officials on hand at the ceremony, which included Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, said this new portion of the walkway will help strengthen the connection between Hoboken and Weehawken while cleaning up and remediating a contaminated “brownfield” site.
The 800 foot long project will also feature a boat launch for kayaks and canoes and a new Hoboken Cove Park and a future connection to the 1600 Park Avenue park under the Park Avenue viaduct.
DeGise said the project was brought to the attention of the county several years ago as one of the most challenging “gap sites” along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
With this portion of the walkway finally under construction, the county is partnering with other municipalities (including Guttenberg, North Bergen, and Weehawken) to fully complete the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
Once complete, the walkway will provide a continuous waterfront path for pedestrians and cyclists from Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge.