Hudson County NJ Parks That Have Reopened: A List of Locations

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As of dawn on May 2nd, Governor Phil Murphy has authorized the opening of state parks in New Jersey. While Jersey City had already moved forward on opening five parks as of Monday, April 27th, Hoboken and other northern Hudson County cities have opted to keep their parks closed. To help with the latest info, we’ve compiled the list of Hudson County NJ parks that have reopened.

“County governments will regain the authority to decide if the parks stay open or closed,” Governor Murphy explained during a press conference on April 29th.

Social distancing orders, however, will remain in place indefinitely until New Jersey sees a “sustained reduction in tests and cases,” according to Gov. Murphy.

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On April 28th, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced that he along with Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez of West New York, Mayor Nicholas Sacco of North Bergen, Mayor Brian P. Stack of Union City, Mayor Richard Turner of Weehawken and Mayor Wayne Zitt of Guttenberg have come to an agreement regarding a regional and collaborative approach for the gradual reopening of municipal parks.

Mayor Bhalla shared in a Nixle alert on May 1st, saying, “If we were to start with the first phase of our gradual parks re-opening, we could have very well faced overcrowding challenges from residents in neighboring municipalities with closed parks, coming to Hoboken. This is the reason why we formed a regional coalition of Hudson County Mayors, so we can work together on this issue and make sure that the process of re-opening parks is a collaborative effort.”

Meanwhile, in Jersey City, Mayor Fulop opened five local parks as of last Monday the 27th.

Of course, as parks reopen, masks are required, social distancing protocols will be followed, and restrooms will be closed.

Here is the list of parks in Hudson County that are open to the public as of May 2nd, 2020 {we will update this list as they open and/or close}:

Audubon Park in Jersy City

Berry Lane Park in Jersey City

Enos Jones Park in Jersey City

James J. Braddock Park in North Bergen

Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus

Leonard Gordon Park in Jersey City

Liberty State Park in Jersey City

Lincoln Park in Jersey City

Pershing Field in Jersey City

Stephen R. Gregg Park in Bayonne

West Hudson Park in Kearny

It’s worth noting that Columbus Park in Hoboken and Washington Park in Union City will be closed till further notice, and Mayor Bhalla has shared that any playgrounds in Hoboken will also stay closed.

“One thing I ask everyone to keep in mind that while certain sections of parks will be included in the first phase of a gradual re-opening, including Elysian Park, Stevens Park, Church Square Park, Columbus Park, and the Southwest Resiliency Park, a number of other parks won’t be able to open for quite some time,” he stated in the Nixle Alert.

Read More: Hudson County Mayors Collaborate on Eventual Reopening of Parks

“Our Hoboken parks contain primarily playground equipment – for example Madison Street Park, Jefferson Park and Pier C – which unfortunately will stay closed as we will be following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Playground equipment could spread the virus as it is very difficult to keep it clean and disinfected,” Mayor Bhalla shared.

In Jersey City, while Mayor Fulop has opened several local parks, he already has canceled the Fourth of July Fireworks event that happens yearly in Jersey City on the waterfront, postponing to July 2021. He also has announced that farmer’s markets will be opening starting in early May.

On the parks front, however, if you observe a lack of social distancing or lack of mask wearing, you are asked by the JC government to report it to authorities.

In Jersey City, the number to call to report parks protocol not being followed is 201-547-5477.

See More: NJ Governor Murphy Unveils Plans ‘for Responsibly Reopening New Jersey’


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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.