From the 9th Floor- Norman M. Guerra

Summer is here! It’s time to get outdoors and explore Hudson County! The County offers numerous recreational opportunities for all and the warmer weather is here so join us for Summer in Hudson County!

Fore! Hit the links this Summer at Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West- the finest public golf experience in Hudson County! Skyway Golf offers a fun and challenging 9-hole course along the Hackensack River in Jersey City. Hudson County residents can purchase a Hudson County Resident Card which provides cardholders with a discount as well as the ability to book tee times in advance of non-cardholders. If your golf game is a little rusty, Skyway Golf offers both individual and group lessons for adults and kids. Skyway Golf is also available for groups and organizations to plan a tournament or outing in the shadows of the Manhattan skyline. For those golfers with a competitive edge, Skyway Golf will be hosting the 2nd Annual Hudson County Amateur Golf Tournament on Monday, July 24. In addition to a great day of golf, the registration fee includes greens and cart fees, a logo hat, use of the warm-up facility, a lunch buffet and on-course beverages. Register now through July 21!

For tennis players, Hudson County is the place to be with tennis courts available for use at James J. Braddock Park in North Bergen and Lincoln Park in Jersey City. Tennis courts in both parks are managed by the HCIA and are free of charge to Hudson County residents with proper identification. Court usage is available for residents for 1-hour for singles and 90 minutes for doubles. Out-of-county New Jersey residents can use the courts for $10 per hour and out-of-state residents can use the courts for $20 per hour. Tennis courts in both parks are open daily until 10 pm. Tennis instruction is also available for those looking to brush up on their tennis game! For the County’s youth, the 2017 Summer Tennis Program for Kids, sponsored by the Hudson County Division of Parks, begins on July 5 at Lincoln Park. Registration is available now.

Looking for some more passive recreation? The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway provides 18.5 miles of waterfront access for walking, running or bicycling along the Hudson River! From the Bayonne Bridge to the George Washington Bridge, residents and visitors alike can explore the Hudson County waterfront, enjoy the views and take in the sites! For folks on both sides of the Hudson, NY Waterway recently announced The Hudson Loop, a 10-mile cycling and walking tour along the most exciting urban waterfront in the nation!

In Secaucus, the HCIA has developed and maintains the Laurel Hill Park Waterfront Promenade. This U-shaped, ADA-compliant walkway provides residents with access to one of Hudson County’s most underutilized assets, the Hackensack River! For the recreational fisherman, the promenade offers fishing stations. Residents and visitors should note that in compliance with New Jersey’s Catch and Release Policy, any fish or animal caught in the Hackensack River must be released back into the water to avoid illness or the spread of disease.

While in Laurel Hill Park, take to the water to experience the beauty of the Hackensack River and Meadowlands firsthand on a kayak from the Laurel Hill Park Paddling Center, operated by the Hackensack Riverkeeper. Celebrate the end of the week with a T.G.I.F. paddle or view the sunset/moonrise with evening paddles! Pre-registration is required by calling (201) 968-0808 to reserve your spot.

School’s out for Summer! While our students are enjoying a well-deserved Summer Break, work is in full swing at the Hudson County Schools of Technology High Tech High School at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus. With the project over 50% complete, construction crews have completed the building footprint and are in the process of such tasks as exterior walls and installing ductwork for the HVAC system. Upon completion, this 340,000 square foot LEED Gold Building will house a three-story central hub with classrooms, administrative offices, gymnasium, 400-seat theater, a cafeteria and three extensions for specialized teaching environments. The new High Tech High School is anticipated to be completed in time for the 2018-19 school year. While school is out for Summer, the Hudson County Improvement Authority #BacktoschoolMonday feature will continue all Summer long on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

On behalf of the Commissioners and staff of the Hudson County Improvement Authority, I wish all of you a safe and relaxing Summer!