Last year, Newark continued its proud return to the river with the opening of the Orange Boardwalk as part of Riverfront Park Segment 2. Working since 2008 with many committed partners, Newark Riverfront Revival works to bring every Newarker to visit their river. We organize free and low-cost activities like concerts, tours, environmental workshops, movies, public art, public exercise and sports to draw Newarkers and visitors from across the City.
With the support of major new funders like the National Endowment for the Arts, it appears that 2014 could be Newark’s most memorable summer on the river! You are invited to a 2014 Newark Riverfront Sneak Preview on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6 pm. In the historic atrium of City Hall, hear from Newark Riverfront Revival staff and partners about what’s in store down by the river.
This summer, we want every Newarker to visit their river. We need your help to accomplish our goal: how do we get every Newarker down to the water? How do we get the word out? How can we make it an easy choice for people living and working in the five wards and nearby?
Thurs, March 20, 2014
Newark City Hall (Green St Entrance)
First Floor Rotunda
920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Refreshments will be served!
Download flyer here.
“Last summer, the second segment of Newark’s Riverfront Park opened to the public. Transforming deindustrialized, often polluted waterfronts into public space is a common strategy in contemporary urban revitalization, worldwide. But rarely has this tactic reflected such a long history of community-based activism for environmental justice and public access to the river.”
Walking to the Water: Environmental Justice and Newark’s Riverfront Park, Urban Omnibus, 1/29/14
In 2013, the Friends of Riverfront Park continued to hold monthly meetings at the Riverbank Park Field House and provide a forum for everyone with an interest in the park to bring their ideas, proposals, concerns, and energy. The Friends are dedicated to developing programs to fill Newark’s riverfront with positive activity, ensuring public safety, and making sure that everyone in Newark has a reason to come check out the city’s newest riverfront parks. This year, the Friends played a key role on issues including park stewardship, fundraising, building a diverse constituency, and planning and staffing riverfront events. Friends were especially important to planning and running Newark’s second annual River Celebration. Please join us in 2014!
Every Monday and Tuesday July through September, Newark riverfront yoga and zumba classes filled Essex County Riverfront Park with life and energy. Over the summer, over 400 Newarkers stretched, jumped, and sweated alongside the mighty Passaic River. Special thanks to Newark Yoga Movement and Zumba Fitness with Beverly!
On September 13, 20, and 27, Newark Riverfront Revival organized a concert series featuring R&B, gospel, and house. The September 13 jazz R&B show featured the Newark-based Melectrix band. The September 20 featured the Symphony Hall Special Ensemble. The final September 27 concert introduced DJ Omar Abdullah a lifetime West Ward resident to the riverfront.
DJ Omar Abdallah spins house for a loving crowd:
Passionate music fans brave the chill for the sounds of the Melectrix:
The Symphony Hall Special Ensemble belts it out:
We are happy to announce that the Newark Municipal Council adopted Newark’s River: Public Access & Redevelopment Plan (20 mb) by unanimous vote on August 7, 2013, and the new development regulations become effective September 19, 2013.
This plan updates Newark’s municipal development regulations along five miles of the city’s Passaic Riverfront. It replaces fifty-year-old zoning regulations primarily planned for industrial uses and lacking specific riverfront provisions with a legal framework that allows new uses and mixes of uses, consolidates design standards to create valuable urban places, and provides for public access as required by federal and state law.
Following the release of the public draft on February 27, 2012, a public information session was held at Newark City Hall on March 13, and public comments were collected until March 26. The following draft, released on June 4, 2012, included many small changes made in response to these comments. A public hearing on this plan was held by the Newark Central Planning Board on Monday, June 11, 2012. The following revision, dated April 20, 2013, including minor textual and graphic clarifications, was submitted for consideration by the Municipal Council.
For additional background, see the following:
Download a synopsis of public comments & responses here (PDF, 150 kb).