Monthly Archives: August 2013

Second Summer of Newark Riverfront Day Camp

For six weeks starting in July, 55 young people experienced day camp along Newark’s riverfront and a blend of arts, environmental justice, sports, and recreation. Newark artist Kevin Sampson, lead muralist for Song of the Passaic led arts workshops, and Saman Dashti of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira led capoeira classes.  The Network, a citywide organization, oversaw sports and recreation. Over the six weeks, Ironbound Community Corporation provided core staff, tents, tables, and supplies. Special shout-out to Essex County Parks staff for daily set-up!


Mildred Helms Park Resurrection Committee Riverfront Inspection

Great to have the Youth Rangers from the Mildred Helms Park Resurrection Committee visit the changing Ironbound riverfront this week. We looked at how things like zoning, environmental remediation, and community activism have shaped the landscape Thanks to Jacques Benaroch from PSE&G for his impromptu lecture on manufactured gas facilities!

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Scenes from Newark River Celebration: Walk to the Water & Orange Party!

Newark’s Symphony Hall Special Ensemble led the Walk the Water. Did you think that drizzle would turn us around?

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Grupo de Bombas Os Roxinois and their earthshaking drums let everyone know we were coming.

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Rodney Gilbert, host of the River Performance, sported an orange sherbet ensemble.

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Newark’s Grupo de Liberdade de Capoeira shows their stuff.

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The ribbon-cutting.

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Thanks to the Essex County Parks System Environmental Center and Tara Casella, canoes were on offer to Newarkers interested to get on the water.

Newark’s Dynamic Dynasty brought their moves to the Orange Sticks.

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Percussion from Cedric & Co and gospel from Chrystal Atmosphere

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Uniting communities along a shared river, kayakers from Paterson’s Mason Ave Christian Reformed Church tried our new dock and helped beginning canoers stay safe. 90 lucky young people received hand-made orange kites and pinwheels plus lessons on how to use them from a mysterious neighbor known as the Kite Master.

Newark Murals dedicated Song of the Passaic, its twenty-third large-scale outdoor painting, a collaboration between Ironbound Community Corporation, Seidler Chemical Company, and a team of artists led by Kevin Blythe Sampson.

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NewarkRiverfrontOrangeParty4Keeping with the orange theme while keeping it local, 150 pounds of sweet New Jersey peaches were available for all riverfront revelers.

Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura points out his birthplace on the temporary version of the Newark Riverfront Welcome Sign, part of the educational signage designed by MTWTF and the Newark Planning Office.


Dedication engraved at the park’s entrance next to Langston Hughes’s “Rivers.”

Maxing & relaxing.

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The park features a set of educational pictographs cut into the orange boardwalk’s rail on topics include Combined Sewer Overflow, the town of Harrison, the Dioxin Disaster, the Jackson Street Bridge, and the Passaic River.

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