Weehawken’s Louisa Park gets a makeover

“Couple of times that I bring them they have a lot of fun, the atmosphere is nice, I feel that it’s safe for them,” Carolina Rodriguez says.

It’s one of the most used parks in Weehawken so it’s important to maintain and update the equipment.

“For their safety and for the use; they have to be up to code,” says Robert Sosa, deputy mayor and 3rd Ward Councilman. “So we’re very proud of this park, very proud of what we did this time.”

Every 8 to 10 years the town refurbishes all the parks.

“It was time for Louisa to be done; we received some community development funds — so it cost approximately $280,000,” says Mayor Richard Turner. “They put new surface here, throughout the park, some new equipment and we fixed the basketball area, the fencing and all.”

Katie Sosa has fond memories there.

“She’s been hanging out in this park for 50 years,” Turner says.

“Fifty years, I live around the corner,” she says.

Playgrounds get worn after repeated use.

“It needed a facelift and that’s exactly what they got,” says Michael Bet, of RSC Architects.

This is a happy place for Brianna.

“Because I like to play,” the five-year-old says.

The slide is her favorite.

“I like the green one,” Brianna says.

A therapist brings her young patients to the park.

“Cause this is a wonderful place,” Claudia McCurdy says.

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  1. Anonymous

    What about pizzuta park in the shades.. Was under water from sandy and has yet to be redone… Very dangerous play equipment. It’s a Run down park, that is desperately in need of a complete overhaul..

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