Monthly Archives: September 2015

Newark Riverfront Park is Honored with an EPA Smart Growth Award!

We are honored and thrilled to be recognized by the EPA for Smart Growth Achievement Award!

This award is given annually for creative, sustainable initiatives that better protect the health and environment of our communities while strengthening local economies. The 2015 award is presented to projects in three categories: Plazas, Parks, and Public Places; Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization; and Built Projects.

Our beloved Riverfront Park was honored in the Category: Plazas, Parks, and Public Places

Here is the mention listed below:

Riverfront Park fulfills a decades-long movement to reclaim the Passaic riverfront for the people of Newark, N.J. Situated on the cleaned-up site of a former metal smelting plant, the park provides Newark’s only public access to the river and outdoor recreational space for a neighborhood where the amount of green space dedicated for use as parks is far below the national average. The 19-acre park is the result of a public engagement process that included more than 6,000 people. It is expected to attract new economic development, particularly to downtown Newark, and will eventually be part of a string of riverfront parks and trails that will stretch for five miles.

Click this link for the full press release:!OpenDocument

Thank you to everyone for all your hard work and dedication in the creation of the park and to all that continue to support and promote our initiatives and events.


This Friday, September 18th Join Us at the Orange Sticks for Soul Tribe Sessions: Under the Stars Edition!

We are excited to announce a new event, Soul Tribe Sessions (The Outside…Under the Stars Edition)  this Friday, September 18th from 7-10pm at the Orange Sticks.

Come represent your roots at Soul Tribe Sessions: the cross genre World dance party celebrating music and dance from all walks of life! From Afrobeat to Reggae to Deep House and back, DJ Fauzi will have you dancing the night away! Hosted by Forever Audacious & Gentleman Culture.


Filmmaker & TV Host Justin Fornal Swims Four Miles on Newark’s Passaic River to Promote Positive Aspects of the City!

Filmmaker & TV Host Justin Fornal takes a four mile swim on Newark’s Passaic (that ended at our Riverfront Park!) to promote “positive aspects of a city more often noted for crime, violence and corruption.”

“I’ve always thought of Newark as kind of a sister city. The Passaic is a cool river – it’s a fascinating, historic river. Newark is a city that has so many positive things and so much talent,” he said.

We couldn’t agree more with Justin’s point of view on Newark!

For the full story, link here:

Experience the Music of Portugal on the River this Friday, September 11th!

This Friday, September 11th from 7-9pm, take a journey to the Iberian Peninsula and experience the music of Portugal with vocalist Fatima Santos and special guest Davide Ribeiro Couto live at the Orange Sticks.

From fado to rancho folklorico, our Lusophone Music Night will pay homage to the music and people of Portugal, on the banks of the Passaic River in Newark Riverfront Park.

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