Category Archives: Building Things

National Parks Service coming to Newark’s Riverfront

Through their Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), the National Parks Service has awarded Newark Riverfront Regeneration technical assistance in support of initiatives to increase public access to and along Newark’s riverfront.

RTCA is the community assistance arm of the National Park Service, and supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

Over the course of 2011, RTCA staff will work with Newark Riverfront Regeneration and other partners to test the feasibility of, build support for, and maybe even build modest projects that bring Newarkers and others to and along the water’s edge. Stay tuned!

Riverfront Meadow Coming Up

The US Army Corps of Engineers has completed construction of new steel and concrete bulkhead between Prospect Street and the  Jackson Street Bridge in the Ironbound. 

Even better, at the conclusion of bulkhead construction, the Army Corps granted the request of Newark Riverfront Regeneration to cover the site with topsoil and meadowgrass seed instead of gravel.

While it will take some time for the meadow to establish, and further environmental remediation will be required to open this area to the public, it’s nice to see a patch of green at the river’s edge. A vision of bigger things to come!

12 Riverfront Acres Acquired for New Parks

Today, Mayor Cory Booker and Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo Jr. announced the County’s acquisition of 12.3 acres of riverfront property in the Ironbound between Oxford and Chapel Streets. Through the combined advocacy of the County, the City of Newark, Newark Riverfront Regeneration, Ironbound Community Corporation, and others, $7.7 million was made available for the acquisition by the Port Authority in support of the Habitat Estuary Program.

Next public meeting is Tuesday, May 5: Come see the plan for Newark Riverfront Park

Please join us as the Newark Riverfront Parks project team shares the nearly complete design for discussion.

At this discussion, you will see the design developed by the project team with resident advice from our previous two public meetings, and have an opportunity to share your thoughts before the design is completed.

Newark Riverfront Park Community Meeting
Tuesday May 5, 2009, 6:30-8:30 pm
Newark City Hall Room B-29 (Basement – use the Greene Street entrance)
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Download the meeting flyer here.

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March 31 Newark Riverfront Parks meeting

On March 31, 2009, over 70 people attended the second public meeting about the planning and design of Newark Riverfront Parks. The project team, including the City of Newark Division of Planning & Community Development, the Trust for Public Land, and Lee Weintraub Landscape Architect, presented their first draft design ideas for the park.

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Then, participants worked in groups to generate questions and ideas for park access, security, programming, and design. The notes from these groups are included in the PDF of the public presentation below.

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You can download a PDF of the public presentation here (4 megabytes).

You can download a comment sheet to share your thoughts here.

Or a comment sheet in Spanish aqui.

Next public meeting is Tuesday, March 31: Come see ideas for Newark’s first Riverfront Park

Please join us as the Newark Riverfront Parks project team shares design options with the public for discussion.

Newark Riverfront Park Community Meeting
Tuesday March 31, 2008, 6:30-8:30 pm
Newark City Hall First Floor Rotunda
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Download the meeting flyer here.

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Over 100 attend March 10 meeting on Newark Riverfront Parks

On March 10, 2009, over 100 people gathered in Newark City Hall to discuss plans for Newark’s first Riverfront Park.

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You can download a PDF of the public presentation here (9 megabytes).

You can download a comment sheet to share your thoughts here.

Or a comment sheet in Spanish aqui.

Watch this space for news on the next Newark Riverfront Parks meeting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

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March 10: Help make Newark’s first Riverfront Park!

Friends of the Newark Riverfront,

As you may have heard in Mayor Booker’s State of the City speech, the City of Newark, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, is embarking to create Newark’s first Riverfront Park along the Passaic River.

On March 10, at Newark City Hall, the design team will have its first public meeting to share preliminary thoughts on the project and gather knowledge and opinions from the public.

This is the first of many projects to come on Newark’s Passaic Riverfront, and we hope that a diverse group of Newarkers is willing to come to make this project the best it can be – a fantastic new public space for all Newarkers.

Newark Riverfront Park Community Meeting
Tuesday March 10, 2008, 6:30-8:30 pm
Newark City Hall First Floor Rotunda
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Download meeting flier
Reunión folleto en español

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The Riverfront at the State of the City

Tonight Mayor Cory Booker, in his annual State of the City address, announced:

Our city is a waterfront city but for too long we have talked about doing a park on our river’s edge but failed to deliver. At long last, we will create Joseph Minish Park – we will soon start, and over time, finish Minish, beginning with a stretch of several acres of green space and boat dock along the Passaic River.

In the Star-Ledger, the boat dock made the leed:

Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s third state-of-the-city address tonight envisions a 24-hour downtown with 700 additional housing units in two high-rises and an added Seton Hall Law School dorm, the city’s first recreational boat dock in half a century, and the state’s first community court for low-level offenders.

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