Weekend openings in Hoboken

(Photo taken pre COVID-19)
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(Photo taken pre COVID-19)

This weekend Hoboken will open dog parks, tennis courts, and continue with its open streets program.

This weekend’s open streets total 17 blocks and will help connect the new park at Seventh and Jackson to Columbus Park, with vehicular traffic restricted on Jackson Street between Second Street and Seventh Street, Seventh Street between Grand Street and Jackson Street, Jefferson Street between Sixth Street and Eighth Street, Adams Street between Sixth and Ninth streets, and Grand Street between Seventh and Ninth streets.

Traffic Control Officers will be on hand to assist residents who need access to garages and vehicles. Block parties, congregating, and lawn chairs on the open streets are prohibited.
Construction on the new, K9 dog turf at Church Square Park and Stevens Park dog runs is nearly complete. These dog runs, as well as others throughout the city will open on Saturday at 8 a.m.

At the dog runs owners must maintain at least six feet of separation at all times, dogs must be licensed within Hoboken, and masks or face covers are required at all times. Dog owners without a face mask or cover will not be allowed to enter.

City staff will be on hand to ensure the social distancing, mask, and capacity requirements are followed.

Dog run capacity limits are:

  • Church Square Park (Large dog run capacity 20 people; small dog Run capacit, 10 people)
  • Elysian Park: 15 people
  • Harborside Park: 15 people
  • Hudson Street (Large dog run, 10 people; Small dog run, 5 people)
  • Stevens Park: 15 people
  • Southwest Park: 10 people
  • 14th Street Viaduct: 10 people, but it will be closed when the testing center is open to the public which is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.
  • Maxwell Park (East dog run, 5 people; West dog run, 5 people)

The Michael Chang Tennis Courts at Columbus Park will open on Saturday, May 30.

According to Mayor Ravi Bhalla, this is an activity that has natural social distancing that can be enjoyed responsibly.

Singles play only will be permitted with the exception of four members of the same family or household who are permitted to play doubles.

People should wear masks when walking to and from the tennis courts.

The United States Tennis Association recommends players use two cans of tennis balls that don’t have the same number on the ball, and assign one set of tennis balls to one partner and the other set to the other. During play, make sure to pick up your set of numbered balls only. Should a ball with the other number wind up on your side of the court, do not touch the ball with your hands. Use your racket head or feet to send the ball to the other side of the court.

Players should also avoid touching his or her face after handling a ball, racket, or other equipment. Avoid sharing food and drinks or towels, avoid using your hands to pick up the balls, maintain physical distancing if changing ends of the court, and remain apart from other players when taking a break.