HFA launches Project Play
After enjoying a fun filled playdate at the new playground at Liberty
State Park, Zabrina Stoffel and Regina Gannon had an idea. Why
didn’t Hoboken have such a park? Both moms spent many days at
Church Square Park and thought Hoboken should enjoy the same type of
Gannon and Stoffel approached the City of Hoboken with their concept.
Both the outgoing and incoming Director of Environmental Services met
them with open arms. A green light was given to solicit draft proposals.
They learned about the latest in playground design including environmen-
tally-sustainable building materials. The City Council’s Parks and
Recreation sub-committee was impressed with all their work and encour-
aged them to keep moving forward. After multiple meetings with con-
cerned parents and the community, Gannon and Stoffel learned that safer
parks for Hoboken kids was a top priority.
So in October 2009, The HFA launched Project Play. As active members
of HFA, Stoffel and Gannon were the obvious choice to lead this initiative
to rebuild ailing sections of Hoboken’s public parks, starting with one of
the most urgent needs: Church Square Park.
There are three sections of Church Square Park to address: (1) the
center wooden structure designated for 5-12 year olds (2) the wooden
structure along 4th Street designated for 2-5 year olds and (3) the swing
area along 4th Street.
HFA’s Project Play is off to a great start however there is still a long
road ahead. A concept needs to be presented to City Council by the Parks
and Recreation sub-committee. If there is agreement, it will be presented
at a public meeting. Upon approval, a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be
sent to several playground equipment providers.
To fund the project, HFA’s Project Play will approach individuals, busi-
nesses, and foundations for donations as well as solicit grants. While
fundraising in this economic environment is an enormous challenge, HFA
is confident that Hoboken is ready