Councilman Occhipinti Calls For The Use Of $3m In Grant Money Towards A SW Park

Tim Occhipinti, Hoboken’s 4th Ward Council Member, recently released this statement on the status of building a 6+ acre park in the southwest section of town. In it he, calls on the Mayor to use the $3 million in unused grant money and apply it towards a Southwest Park. Unfortunately, not much has been accomplished since agenda items were published in June 2010.

No land has been purchased. No park plan has been created. No southwest study has been created; if it has been created, the Administration hasn’t released it despite promising to do so over a year ago.

Please read Mr. Occhipinti’s full statement and see Hoboken 411, The Hudson Reporter, and Hoboken Patch for another historical perspective on Southwest Park news:

Occhipinti calls on Zimmer to Redirect Unused Grant Money

Councilman renews call to create new open space and establish the Southwest Park.

(HOBOKEN) – 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti called on Mayor Zimmer and Councilman Mello to consider rerouting $3 million in unused grant money from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. The application deadline to reprogram funding is Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 and the actual grant expires on August 13, 2011.

“The Southwest Park can become a reality and over the past few months the City has made progress towards the creation of the park,” said Occhipinti. “We have a golden opportunity to put unused money towards a much-needed project in the often-neglected 4th Ward and I’m afraid we are going to lose out.”

This year Hudson County is giving municipalities a “one-time” chance to re-program unused funding from the Open Space Trust Fund for eligible projects. The City of Hoboken is currently seeking to redirect this funding and can seek an extension for this grant, only if the City has demonstrated progress towards a project.

“We need to double our efforts to create a park in the 4th Ward and the Administration has no plans or intentions to move this project forward. That’s $3 million that could be redirected for land acquisition purposes for the Southwest Park,” said Occhipinti.

“I’m urging Mayor Zimmer and Councilman Mello, both 4th Ward residents, to make this park a priority. This has the potential to be a missed opportunity to create new open space. Zimmer and Mello should be tireless advocates for this project and I urge them to uphold their commitment to creating open space and improving the quality of life for our residents.”

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Tim Occhipinti serves as the 4th Ward City Councilman for the City of Hoboken. Occhipinti recently won re-election to the City Council and currently serves on the Quality of Life Sub-Committee.

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