Hoboken invites residents to join three newly formed “Friends of the Parks” groups: Friends of Church Square Park, Friends of Elysian Park, and Friends of Jefferson Park.
The groups will gather together people who have an interest in a specific park to help care for and manage that location working with the city’s Department of Environmental Services to improve Hoboken’s open spaces.
“Hoboken is committed not only to building out more open space, but also maintaining and improving our existing parks,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “The ‘Friends of Parks’ model has proven successful in other cities, and will help provide the tools and resources we need to further upgrade our parks. Thank you to Director Jen Gonzalez for leading this effort, and to all residents who sign up to join our park groups.”
For example, New York City has hundreds of neighborhood Friends of Parks groups like Partnerships for Parks that develop volunteers into community leaders who build long-term investment in public spaces. Hoboken wants to replicate these Friends of the Parks groups to activate the community and improve city parks.
These groups will equip Hoboken residents who are passionate about neighborhood parks with the skills, tools, and community to work together for park improvements. The program will engage the community through volunteer programs and events, and invest in our green spaces by helping to finance projects within the parks.
The city plans to launch additional friends of parks groups later this year.
Residents interested in joining or leading a friends of park group are asked to complete this form: https://seam.ly/jGniIgOn