The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is a riverfront walkway in New Jersey covering over 18 miles along the west side of the Hudson River. The walkway runs from the Ross Dock Picnic Area south to the Bayonne Bridge in Newark Bay. Hoboken is located approximately midway along the walkway directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The Hoboken stretch of the walkway is a scenic, family-friendly pathway that winds through some of America’s best urban parks.
The Hoboken stretch of the park begins with the Hoboken Ferry Terminal at the south end. Just north of this area, visitors will pass through Pier A and Pier C parks. Both offer an escape from the urban setting, along with New Jersey’s best views of Manhattan. The Pier A Park is just north of the Hoboken terminal and offers spacious, green manicured lawns. Pier C Park is a small island park accessible by an over water walkway. It offers visitors a playground, water play area and fishing pier.
Stevens Park is a small public park with a fenced in dog run to the north of Pier C Park and marks the beginning of the Stevens Institute of Technology campus. Frank Sinatra drive runs from here through to the north side of Hoboken, parallel to the river. The Frank Sinatra Park lines the waterfront here and offers a kayak launch and soccer field as well as an open-air amphitheater. Along the waterfront visitors will come across Castle Point Park, the only skate park in the City of Hoboken, and a natural beach at Hoboken Cove, home of the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse. The boathouse, which offers free kayaking to the community, is located at the corner of Frank Sinatra Drive and Maxwell Place Park. Maxwell Place Park offers ample green space, a dog run and playground area.
Continuing north along the walkway, visitors will pass the Hoboken Historical Museum. Founded in 1986, the small museum offers rotating exhibits that illuminate the history of Hoboken, its culture, architecture, and historic landmarks. At the north end of the Hoboken Walkway is the Northern Hoboken Ferry, and the Hoboken Weehawken Cove. The historic former Lipton Tea warehouse is located at the south end of the cove.
Although the entirety of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is not yet complete, the Hoboken section offers a smooth throughway on a 10 to 20 foot wide path that is accessible to walkers, joggers and cyclists.
History: The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, of which the Hoboken Waterfront Walkway makes up a small section, was conceived of in the 1970’s as a continuous waterfront park which would cover the entirety of the west bank of the Hudson River from the George Washington Bride to the Bayonne Bridge. The walkway is not yet complete, with several industrial sections still off-limits to public passers by. Of the 18.5 proposed miles, 11 miles are complete, including the Hoboken Waterfront Walkway.
The walkway has not been without controversy. In 1999, many waterfront property owners challenged a 1988 ruling requiring access to the waterway, and although this challenge was denied by a judge, the non-profit Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy (HRWC) continues to battle with property owners who have been reluctant to provide public access to the walkway, or who have subsequently blocked previous public access. The HRWC is a volunteer managed not for profit organization established to provide public outreach programming, encourages continued enforcement of the law, and oversees maintenance of the completed walkways.
Ongoing Programs and Education: The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway Conservancy hosts its own “Walk the Walkway” events to celebrate the completed sections of the walkway. Additional events are sponsored by the City of Hoboken and its departments. The Jersey City to Hoboken Waterfront Tour is a bicycle tour promoted by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The tour traverses many of the two cities’ historic landmarks and parks, and rides along the entirety of the Hoboken Waterfront. The City of Hoboken offers free Concerts in the Park. The performances take place in Frank Sinatra Park once weekly during the summer months of June, July and August. Past performances have includes the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, a Led Zeppelin tribute band and the 63rd Army Band of New Jersey. Hoboken’s Cove Boathouse offers free kayak outings to the public between May and September and is also host to a number of kayak races and events.
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