Schuetzen Park (New Jersey)

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Schuetzen Park
Fritz Reuter Altenheim and Schuetzen Park

North Bergen, New Jersey

40°46′37″N 74°02′09″W / 40.776830°N 74.03592°W / 40.776830; -74.03592Coordinates: 40°46′37″N 74°02′09″W / 40.776830°N 74.03592°W / 40.776830; -74.03592
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)[1]
Created 1874

Schuetzen Park is a privately owned park in North Bergen, New Jersey, USA that has existed since 1874 and is located on the ridge of the Hudson Palisades at Kennedy Boulevard and Bergen Turnpike just north of the Marginal Highway. Its southern and western perimeters are shared with the Fritz Reuter Altenheim, a retirement community named for the German author, Fritz Reuter,[2] and Columbia Park, a large shopping center.[3] The German-American Volksfest has taken place there annually since its construction.[4][5][6]


From an 1873 map of North Bergen, using the English translation of Schützenverein, or marksman's club, showing original extent of grounds. The park today is located at triangle, lower right.

In 1864, nearby Union Hill was set apart from North Bergen as a separate municipality that had been originally settled by a group of German-Americans as early as 1851.[7] Schuetzen is a derivative of the German word Schütze, meaning "shooter" or "rifleman". Originally encompassing about 32 acres,[6] the park's location on the western cuesta of the Hudson Palisades was chosen so that bullets could be directed into the side of the hill. Target practice continued at the park until 1935.[1] In a 1911 ad in which it is called Schützen Park proprietor Fred Hager claimed it as the "largest park of its kind in New Jersey", offering 600 x 200 feet rifle ranges, 10 modern bowling alleys, and three dancing pavilions,[8] which could accommodate roughly 50,000 people.[9] The park also contained a variety of attractions, such as vaudeville performances, parades, fireworks and tournaments.[10] The park was one of the venues in Hudson County that catered to the large German-speaking population.[1] Armbruster's Schuetzen Park[11] and Pohlmann's Hall, are among the many others. From 1945 to 1975, when the sports field was sold to a real estate developer, Schuetzen Park was the home of Hoboken FC 1912.

Modern use[edit]

The park is used for banquets, weddings, receptions,[1] and public sporting events such as boxing[12] and mixed martial arts matches.[13]The park, along with the retirement home, the Bergen Crest Mausoleum, the Garden State Crematory,[14] and the many cemeteries that characterize the area along the western slope - Flower Hill Cemetery, Grove Church Cemetery,[15] Hoboken Cemetery, Machpelah Cemetery and Weehawken Cemetery - constitute a string of green open spaces in North Hudson County.[16] The German-American Volksfest has taken place there annually since 1874.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Keller, Susan Jo. "At Schuetzen Park, a Bit of Germany and a Tradition of Charity". The New York Times. October 6, 1996
  2. ^ Fritz Reuter Altenheim's official site, accessed December 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Google Maps
  4. ^ a b Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, Germany in NYC, accessed November 28, 2010.
  5. ^ "End of the Volksfest [scan] Wikisource has information on "End of the Volksfest"". The New York Times. 1 September 1895. 
  6. ^ a b "The Fritz Reuter Home [scan] Wikisource has information on "The Fritz Reuter Home"". The New York Times. 01 September 1895.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Feldra, Robert (1917). History of Hudson County Genealogies of Prominent Families. Michel and Rank. 
  8. ^ 50th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of West Hoboken, N.J.; Datz Co. 1911; Page 50
  9. ^ National Association of Letter Carriers (U.S.) (1900). "The postal record". 13-14. National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO. p. 186. ISSN 0032-5376. OCLC 1762712. 
  10. ^ "Bowling tourney this week [scan] Wikisource has information on "Bowling tourney this week"". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 15 July 1900. 
  11. ^ Armbruster's Schuetzen Park
  12. ^ Villanova, Patrick. "Boxing's back in North Bergen, and the crowd loves it", Jersey Journal, August 2, 2008
  13. ^ Wilshe, Brett. "Pre-holiday Mixed Martial Arts bouts set", Hudson Dispatch Weekly, December 2, 2010, page 3
  14. ^ North Bergen Crematory,, accessed May 10, 2010
  15. ^ Grove Church Cemetery
  16. ^ Hudson County New Jersey Street Map. Hagstrom Map Company, Inc. 2008. ISBN 0-88097-763-9. 

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