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.
We are leading the effort to assemble the private and public funding needed to expand the park. A new health and wellness trail is slated to break ground by the end of 2015. 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.
For ongoing updates and news, visit City of Newark's Riverfront Revival website.
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- Newark Riverfront Park EPA AwardEPA’s 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement: Riverfront Park, Newark, New Jersey
- A city meets its riverThough they live along the Passaic River, many Newark, New Jersey residents hardly know it’s there: for decades, pollution and development have kept the people and the Passaic apart. But with the opening of Newark Riverfront Park, everything is changing.