Parks for People Newark

Newark Riverfront ParkPhoto credit: Colin Cooke

Parks for People - Newark aims to strengthen and empower communities through urban park revival. Parks are an essential element of healthy, sustainable communities and vibrant cities, offering opportunities for fitness and recreation, economic revitalization, and community empowerment.

Our Parks for People program is working to create a citywide network of parks and playgrounds so that all city residents have access to functional, well-maintained outdoor recreational space within a 10-minute walk of home.

Our urban parks program reinforces the connection between Newark residents and their community through a variety of projects: Newark Riverfront Park, a large-scale project reconnecting the city to its rich history along the Passaic River by providing community gathering spaces and a new public access point to the river.

Community recreation spaces such as Jesse Allen Park, which provides new playground amenities for all ages including skateboarding, basketball, Fitness Zone® exercise stations, and a water play spray area.

Green schoolyards like the recently completed Sussex Avenue Elementary School that create a dynamic and healthy learning environment for students while also incorporating climate-resilient features.

The cornerstones of our park and playground efforts are community engagement, participatory design, partnerships with local organizations, and a strong focus on long-term stewardship. These elements are central to the ongoing success of these parks. As of 2015, our Parks for People program has created twelve new green parks and playgrounds.


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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects.