Newark Riverfront Park

Since Newark’s founding in the mid-1600s, the growth and prosperity of the city has been closely linked to the Passaic River. Yet for many decades, the community has been alienated from the river in virtually every way. With few green spaces in a densely populated area, Newark needs more parks. Now, with support from The Trust for Public Land, the city is creating a healthy, vibrant riverfront worthy of Newark's greatness that is accessible to everyone.

The first phase of Newark Riverfront Park was completed in August 2013 and now connects downtown Newark and the Ironbound to the Passaic River. In the summer months, the park is a venue for events and activities, attracting residents from all of the city’s wards as well as visitors from outside the city thanks to Newark Riverfront Revival. From day long festivals, art shows, yoga and Zumba classes, poetry and spoken word gatherings, chess, hip hop, walking and boat tours – there is something for everyone at Riverfront Park.

In October 2016, we broke ground on the next phase of Newark Riverfront Park, adding four more acres of park land along the Passaic River. A signature feature of the expansion will be the Horizon Wellness Trail. The trail will be marked at 1/8 mile intervals to help encourage and track progress toward fitness goals. The trail will also feature a Fitness Zone® and connect to adjacent sports fields, playground, and a running track.

We are incredibly grateful to the many partners and friends for their generous commitment and leadership to make park access and opportunities for health and wellness a priority for Newark families.

Support for Newark Riverfront Park came from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Greenspaces - a Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Helen and William Mazer Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Landsberger Foundation, The Prudential Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Victoria Foundation, and other private and public funding.


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