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.

Newark Riverfront Park is raising environmental awareness, improving physical and psychological health, and strengthening urban communities. The park now connects the Ironbound neighborhood and the Passaic River and has become a platform for events and activities, attracting residents from all of the city’s wards as well as visitors from outside the city. From an evening stroll along the river to Zumba & yoga classes under the “Orange Sticks,” there are many opportunities at the park for fun and relaxation.

A signature feature of the expanded park will be the Horizon Wellness Trail, slated to break ground by the end of 2016. The path will encourage walkers with 1/8 mile markers to track fitness goals. It will also connect to a Fitness Zone®, sports fields, playgrounds, and a running track. With the support and commitment of our donors and partners, we can create a place where thousands of people can explore their city, participate in healthy activities, and connect with their neighbors.

In addition to the ongoing park stewardship provided by Friends of Riverfront Park, the park also benefits from the involvement of 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.

A calendar of summer activities is available at Newark Riverfront Revival.

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