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Newark Riverfront 2014 In Review

Just five years ago when Newark Riverfront Revival began its work, there weren’t too many reasons to visit the water’s edge of New Jersey’s greatest city. But things have changed! In 2014, over 3000 Newark residents & visitors came to relax, socialize, dance, perform, eat, explore, cheer & watch the river roll!

This year, Newark Riverfront Revival organized first-time events like the Praise by the Passaic Gospel Festival, the Riverfront House DJ Residency & Paddle on the Passaic Kayak Days. We continued traditions like our annual Walk to the Water & Orange Party, City & Port Boat Tours, movie nights & free Zumba & yoga. With Ironbound Community Corporation, we convened a proud third year of Friends of Riverfront Park monthly meetings. Throughout, we showcased Newark’s culture & spirit in our city’s newest public space & claimed the riverfront for Newarkers! As Larry Hamm of People’s Organization for Progress proclaimed as our featured River Day speaker, “The river belongs to the people!”

2014 also marked serious steps towards cleaning the river & expanding public access to it. In April, the EPA Regional Administration came to the Orange Sticks to announce the federal government’s proposal for cleaning eight miles of the Passaic River. Newark’s first public riverfront access outside of the Ironbound opened with a first stretch of Downtown Riverfront Trail between Penn Station & Cherry StreetPSEG’s remediation of the former Market Street Gasworks continued, setting the stage to open another segment of riverfront meadow near Raymond Boulevard & Prospect Street. Finally, the City of Newark, Essex County & Trust for Public Land advanced work on Segment 3 to begin construction in 2015, which will better connect the sports fields near Brill Street to the Orange Boardwalk & expand under the Jackson Street Bridge & beyond.

All of these good things from house parties to park construction to river remediation have only been possible because Newarkers & others have taken a stand & gotten involved in creating the riverfront that Newark wants. Going forward, we look forward to attracting every Newarker to the river’s edge & beyond! Please help us accomplish our goal by visiting our new website at newarkriverfront.orgsigning up for our email listfollowing on Twitterliking on Facebook & talking with your friends & neighbors about our river. See you all down by the water in oh-fifteen!

See the rest of Newark Riverfront Revival’s 2014 in review!


Oh! What a beautiful city! Rest in Peace & Much Respect to Dr Clement Price!


by Dr. Clement Price
Delivered June 2, 2012 on the occasion of the opening of Riverfront Park Segment 1

Let me begin with the first three stanzas of the Negro Spiritual, Oh! What A Beautiful City:

Oh! What a beautiful city!
Oh! What a beautiful city!
Oh! What a beautiful city!
Twelve gates to the city

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Who’s digging the old Burger King site at Market & Prospect?

Curious about the environmental remediation work being done on both sides of Raymond Boulevard near Prospect Street? Read these sheets from PSEG to learn the deal.

Informe sobre la recuperacion del predio donde se encontraban las instalaciones de la Market Street Gas y projecto de restauracion – Area D
Uma visao geral do antigo local de producao de gas Market Street, descontaminacao e projeto de restauracao – Area D
An Overview of the Former Market Street Gas Works Site Remediation and Restoration Project – Area D


Downtown Newark Riverfront Trail



Newark Riverfront Revival Seeks Program Director

Newark Riverfront Revival (NRR) seeks full-time Program Director

Newark Riverfront Revival (NRR) aims to connect every Newark resident to their river. Since 2008, NRR has built the constituency for Newark’s riverfront by taking hundreds of people on boat and walking tours, hosting concerts, dance parties, a gospel festival, dozens of outreach events, design education programs for youth, and a City Hall exhibition. Since 2012, NRR has worked with Essex County, the City of Newark, Ironbound Community Corporation, Friends of Riverfront Park, The Trust for Public Land, and other partners to build and program over 15 acres of riverfront parks, including a walking and biking trail, sports fields and courts, floating boat dock, riverfront boardwalk, playground and other settings for relaxation, picnics, exercise, and environmental education. In 2014, with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program and others, NRR organized 63 events June through September engaging thousands of people. NRR pursues a broad vision of environmental justice for Newark residents and others in seeking to build a riverfront that reflects, nourishes, and sustains the city’s deepest traditions and diverse population. NRR especially seeks to increase the participation of historically marginalized people in decision-making about the future of Newark’s riverfront.

The Program Director will be responsible for supervising all aspects of the organization and will have primary responsibility for program development and fundraising to support and grow the organization’s $110,000 budget. The Program Director reports to the Newark Planning Director and Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark Riverfront Revival’s fiscal agent.

NRR has reached a critical point in its development and is poised to achieve its mission in new and broader ways. The ideal candidate for Program Director will demonstrate the vision, understanding, modesty, ingenuity, and hustle to take these efforts to a next level.


—Oversee development and execution of programs and projects in pursuit of NRR’s mission, including Newark boat tours, walkshops, concerts, physical fitness classes, movie nights, festivals, and more Responsible for overseeing performers/facilitators, equipment, publicity, logistics, etc.
—Lead fundraising and development from public, corporate, philanthropic, and fee-for-service sources to raise the necessary resources to sustain and expand NRR’s work
—Oversee NRR’s finances and operations
—Cultivate partnerships with community-based organizations, environmental advocates, community development corporations, schools, private property owners, and others
—Communicate with broad range of stakeholders and general public
—Lead marketing efforts through both traditional and social media, as well as on-the-ground outreach (WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Mailchimp, and graphic design skills a plus)
—Work with Essex County, City of Newark, and others to monitor and troubleshoot park maintenance—Collaborate with Newark Planning Office, Ironbound Community Corporation, Friends of Riverfront Park, and other partners to set organizational goals and monitor/evaluate achievements
—Advance development of riverfront capital improvements in cooperation with property owners, community-based organizations, and government agencies
—Perform other related duties as required


  • Minimum of BA in community development, environmental studies, or related field
  • 2-5 years of experience in community organizing, urban planning, or related field
  • Must be Newark resident
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Interest and/or background in planning for urban, waterfront, or institutional developments
  • Prior work experience with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Interest and/or background in urban park development and/or management
  • Excellent speaking and written communication skills
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese is a plus
  • Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply

To apply

Please submit your resumé and cover letter by August 29, 2014. Your cover letter should discuss how your education, training, work experience, and vision will complement NRR’s need for leadership and innovation. Please include the names and contact information of three professional references, and your salary history and expectations.

Newark Riverfront Revival
Program Director Search Committee
920 Broad Street Room 407
Newark, NJ 07102

By email: newarkriverfront [at] gmail [dot] com

For further information, please refer to NRR’s website at

Download job description & application instructions.


6/28 Praise by the Passaic Gospel Festival

Dr. Albert Lewis & Newark Riverfront Revival present
Praise by the Passiac Gospel Festival
at the Orange Sticks
Saturday, June 28, 5–8 pm

Join residents of Newark and the region to celebrate the conclusion of New Jersey Gospel Month with a festival of gospel song and praise dance showcasing talent from across Newark, hosted by Dr. Albert Lewis of the Gospel Time television program.

Newark Riverfront Park is located along Raymond Boulevard between Van Buren & Somme Streets. The #1 bus stops nearby, and Newark Penn Station is only a 10-minute walk down Raymond Blvd.

Bring blankets & lawn chairs, and don’t forget to wear white!

For more information contact Riverfront Coordinator Chris Caceres
(201) 341-8311
newarkriverfront [at] gmail [dot] com

Download flyer or download program.

UPDATED photos!
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Scenes from 6/14 Newark Walks to the Water & River Day

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