Play, Fun, Eat, a new entertainment and food company has set up shop in a Pier A kiosk, making its debut on June 4th. Play, Fun, Eat supplies Pier A-goers with games and sports equipment to make the most out of their day. Owned by a Hoboken resident, Elvi Guzman, read on to learn what to expect at the Play, Fun, Eat kiosk at Pier A Park in Hoboken.
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Elvi describes himself as a serial entrepreneur. He is the mastermind behind the City Challenge Obstacle Race. “My company hosts obstacle races and fitness events around the country. We started here in Hoboken in 2013. I am also a real estate investor who owns several rental properties,” Elvi told Hoboken Girl. “Our company does a lot of philanthropy work. To date, we have contributed to fundraising nearly $800,000 to local and national charities. One of the groups we support annually is the Hoboken Shelter to whom we have donated $20,371 towards their cause.”
Now, Elvi owns and operates the Play, Fun, Eat kiosk at Pier A Park. “My passion for fitness and health is the driving force behind City Challenge Obstacle Race as well as Play, Fun, Eat Hoboken where we promote active and passive recreation in Hoboken’s biggest park.
“Play, Fun, Eat was created this year with the support of The City of Hoboken. We share the same vision of enhancing the underutilized space at Pier A Park which will create opportunities for our community to enjoy the space in a much more gratifying way,” Elvi explained.
After a surreal year, he wants the Hoboken community to get outside and “enjoy what our city has to offer. A place where our community can congregate. A place where you can play, have Fun, and eat all in one. Kids have the opportunity to play various games at no cost and we offer free sunscreen for park visitors.”
Games and sports equipment are available for rental by the hour. Spikeball, mini-golf, ring toss, frisbee toss, soccer, football, bowling, cornhole, hula hoops, nerf balls, and even picnic blankets and baskets will be available. The activities will be free for kids 5-9 years old.
What to Expect
Elvi plans for the kiosk to open seven days a week. Right now, the kiosk is opens on weekends, with no set hourly schedule. For the debut weekend, it opened at 12PM.
“Our plan to be open 7 days a week, weather permitting, seasonally from Spring to Fall. The exact hours of operation will be determined by the needs of our community. We opened this past weekend and are having conversations with our residents who will ultimately elect when they want us to be open and what time of the day the park has the most traffic,” he explained.
To stay up to date and know when Play, Fun, Eat is open, follow along on its Instagram.
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Additionally, Play, Fun, Eat has homemade soft-serve ice cream available for purchase, with several flavors to choose from. Empanadas, iced coffee, espresso, energy drinks, and more will be sold at the kiosk.
“I am honored to have been selected and given the responsibility to provide this service to our community and park tourists. Director Gonzales with the City of Hoboken has been instrumental in the permitting and opening of Play, Fun, Eat. We are grateful for her help and that of Mayor Bhalla and his entire team. We look forward to hosting you and thousands more this season. Be sure to pass by and say hello,” Elvi says.
Play, Fun, Eat joins Alessio’s, an Italian Cafe and Pizzeria at the Pier A kiosks. It’s unknown right now if the remaining kiosks will soon be home to more businesses during the summer months, but we will keep you updated as the details unfold.