Red Ball Day

On the morning of Jan 19, 1921 school children in the Jersey City Heights were excited to see a large red ball raised atop a flagpole at Pershing Field, signalling the official opening of ice skating season.  Since 1914 the city had been flooding the depressed oval in the Park, then known as the Reservoir Playground, to provide a large skating area for the city’s residents.  Starting slowly, the skating ring was only available for eleven days in 1914; fifteen days in 1915; and thirty eight days in 1916 when over 5,000 showed up on the first day of skating and almost 120,000 for the entire season.

skating in pershing field 1921
Join Pershing Field Garden Friends for a talk and history walk of Pershing Field, a part of a celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Founding of Hudson County, on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10 am and learn of the almost fifty year fight to create Pershing Field.

Space is limited and registration is required at:

https://www.hobokenmuseum.org/events/calendar-of-events/september/hudson-county-history-tours-fall-series

Funding provide in part by the Hudson County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

– Bob Murgittroyd

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