New Brunswick is a historic city, a university city, a medical city, and home to a giant worldwide corporation. It has successfully weathered the economic travails of the 1960s and 70s that hammered other urban locales in New Jersey, and, against the odds, it is in the midst of a civic renaissance. The Trust for Public Land believes that a conscious park, open space, and recreation strategy could help play a major role in New Brunswick's ongoing revitalization efforts and help to further "brand" and sell the city as a great place to live, work, and visit.
The recommendations in this report are aimed at all the stakeholders in New Brunswick's park system, including city political officials, city agency staff, private sector leaders, citizen park activists and, in fact, all citizens, both in and outside the city. Whether by responding to the long-term or short-term recommendations, everyone who cares about the future of New Brunswick has a role to play in revitalizing the city's parks.