The last link in the City of Hoboken’s section of the Hudson River Walkway, the site of the former Union Dry Dock spans 5 landside acres along the waterfront of Hoboken, New Jersey—the final industrial property on the city’s waterfront to be converted to public open space after decades of planning and advocacy.
In February 2023, a core team of Dattner Architects (as prime), SCAPE, Indigo River, and Kimley-Horn were selected by the City of Hoboken to lead design and engagement for the site, reimagining it as a vibrant maritime park that celebrates the city’s history, builds on existing planning efforts, and serves as an educational landscape for residents and visitors. The core team is further supported by Excel Environmental Resources, James Lima Planning and Development, and Trophy Point.
“Make no mistake about it, this park will be designed by you, the residents of Hoboken,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla in his fourth State of the City address in March 2023. “You will shape the amenities located at what we will be calling ‘Maritime Park,’ in honor of the industrial history of Hoboken’s waterfront.”
Incorporating feedback from community members, the design for Maritime Park will interweave recreational programming, public amenities, and ecological restoration, enhancing connectivity, access, and safety along the water’s edge. In the coming weeks and months, the design team will be conducting a public survey, followed by a series of community meetings. Design concepts will be informed by public feedback throughout this process, in service of an overall vision that celebrates the environmental and cultural history of the Hoboken waterfront.
The first community meeting will be an in-person event on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 PM at Hoboken High School (800 Clinton Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030). Stay tuned for updates in the weeks and months to come!