Unsupported Browser

We've detected an older browser version that will not give you the best experience while using The Atlas. Please consider revisitng this site after downloading one of the alternatives below.

Nominated
ELGL’s Best of Water

Southwest Resiliency Park to Mitigate Stormwater Flooding

Hoboken, NJ, USA
City of Hoboken

Documents

Download RFP

Government Champion

Mayor's Office

Cost

Initial:
5 Million USD

Project Status

Operational since 2017

At a Glance

After experiencing significant flooding during Hurricane Sandy, the Southwest Resiliency Park is the first in a series of investments the city is making to increase green space and reduce flooding vulnerability for communities.

Problem Addressed

Most of the 1-square mile city located on the coast of the Hudson River falls within FEMA's 100-year floodplain. The community was hit hard during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, resulting in flooded streets and homes and $100 million dollars worth of damage. The city had identified a number of asphalt covered surface parking or vacant lots that exacerbated the stormwater flooding problem.

Hoboken used/is using a redeveloped parking lot as a green infrastructure enabled community park to address this/these challenge(s).

Solution(s) Used

After acquiring the 1-acre surface parking lot, the city designed the first "resilience park" with integrated green infrastructure in New Jersey. The park features passive recreational space, a range of green infrastructure solutions including rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater harvesting and reuse, and an underground detention system to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding. It includes a dog run, moveable cafe tables and chairs, a pop-up market zone, a restroom, multi-level seating for small performances, a solar-powered mobile device charging station, and lawn space. The park will also feature public wi-fi.

Outcomes

  1. The site will manage approximately 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff.
  2. A New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust loan was used which includes 19% principal forgiveness for all green infrastructure elements of the park, providing an estimated $6-8M in savings for the city.

Something Unique

In January 2017, the Hoboken City Council voted to authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire a vacant property adjacent to expand the Southwest Resiliency Park.

Who Should Consider?

Any community facing significant stormwater flooding and a lack of green space.