Playground Review: Church Square Park

Centrally located from pretty much anywhere in town, this expansive space is a go-to spot for Hoboken moms.

I, and every other mom in town, have fond memories and hundreds of pictures of the first time my little one toddled to the tiny house in the baby area, spinning the steering wheel or sitting floppy and thrilled in the swings. It’s a safe place for the wee ones, separated by fences and populated by new moms sipping coffee and yawning.

And it’s always busy. I made lots of friends here when the kiddos were tiny – reaching out to other mothers when the kids fell, or cried, or ate someone else’s Cheerios. It’s an easy place to say “Hi. I’m Mel. I have no idea if I’m doing this right.”

As the kids grow, so too does the section of the park the kids can play in. The bigger kids scale walls and hang from a giant netted climbing frame. The ground is padded in every section, so as their courage grows and they begin winding themselves around spiralized poles, our anxiety only comes from realizing how big they are, and how so soon it all happened, and why we our bodies still haven’t bounced back.

This playground also has a flat turf element, which is awesome for ball games or blankets and books. In the past year or so, the town attached a metal mesh barrier to the fence so balls and eager athletes don’t run into the road.

Which reminds me – the library is across the street on 5th, and the pizza, cupcake, burrito, and coffee spots are on 4th. (Also the library has a drop box; you don’t have to go in if you don’t want to.)

There’s a water area, but it’s not much to look at if I’m being honest. It’s not a highlight.

This park also has bathrooms, basketball & tennis courts, lots of mature trees, and crisscrossing walkways for scootering or learning how to ride a bike. It’s a whole family space -with dog runs too.

Just be aware of the time – if it’s anywhere near 3, school just got out. The park is alive all the time, but after school it’s high alive.

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Mel Kozakiewicz a professor, editor, writer, and mother of two.

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