The Ironbound is a close-knit, multicultural community in Newark's East Ward, home to many families with children. The lack of play space is a problem throughout the East Ward.
The Trust for Public Land joined with Congregation Ahavas Sholom, Newark's oldest operating synagogue, to transform Sussex Avenue Renew School's asphalt schoolyard into a safe and vibrant play space.
We helped create a 35,000-square-foot playground for this Newark school in 2000 and in 2011, developed Quitman's smaller playground into a thriving, interactive space that promotes exercise, learning, and exploration for young students and neighborhood children.
Dedicated in July 2009, Newark's largest city-owned park provides recreation for a neighborhood of 19,000 people, including 7,000 children.
In 2002, the community organized to clean up and reclaim this park.
Surf, snow and—concrete? Sunny beaches and fresh powder are often out of reach for many city dwellers, but Newark's new Jesse Allen Park may just turn "bored" athletes into "board" athletes.
Fewer than 50 percent of the children in Newark, the state's largest city live within walking distance of a safe park or playground.
The Trust for Public Land is the lead partner in developing the first Newark Riverfront Park, a 7.1-acre riverfront park in the Ironbound neighborhood, where there is currently less than a half-acre of parkland per 1,000 residents.