Around Thanksgiving, just after Weehawken High has played its last football game of the season, the field usually ices up. Barone stops doing maintenance work and becomes the stadium's security guard. "I sometimes have to chase kids off," he says. "The field has to have time to grow, and under the ice is the perfect time. But the kids are always here because this is the best public park we have."
With some 68 athletic teams playing sports at various levels at the field, the city is taking great pains to make sure that the stadium becomes more than a curious relic for commuters to gawk at. The grant from the state is being used to ensure that the field never again needs a costly and lengthy overhaul. But more important, Weehawken Stadium's inventory of baseballs and footballs should remain fully stocked for many seasons to come.