Newark Riverfront Park is Expanding! Take the Design Survey and Tell Us What You Want to See Developed Along the Riverfront!

Help us design Riverfront Park! Take the survey below and give us your ideas for what the expanding Riverfront Park will look like.
We are adding 15 more acres to Riverfront Park, extending it all the Bridge Street in the North Ward. James Corner Field Operations, the designer of the High Line in Manhattan, is leading the design effort and is seeking public input on the features and amenities we as a community want to have in the expanded park on the Passaic.
Don’t miss out on your chance to add your voice to this transformative project!

July 8-9: 2nd Annual Newark Riverfront Hip-Hop Festival featuring Rah Digga

Newark Riverfront Revival hosts the 2nd Annual Riverfront Hip-Hop Festival with this year’s theme of “Hip-Hop for Political, Social, and Environmental Justice.” 

Friday, July 8th, 8pm – Screening of Rubble Kings, a film by Shan Nicholson, that looks at the climate that gave birth to the music and culture of hip-hop, as a movement of political, social, and environmental justice.
“From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings chronicles life during this era of gang rule, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted New York City and the world over.”

Saturday, July 9th, 3pm-8pm, Riverfront Hip-Hop Day at the Orange Sticks

Hip-Hop has always been a voice of the people who live under stressed conditions in urban environments. Newark Riverfront Revival presents a day dedicated to the genre and focused on hip-hop for political, social, and environmental justice featuring performances by:

Rah Digga
Nene Ali
Samad Savage
Sol Zalez

Kidz Peace Team
Jonathan Stamper

Flip City Band

Urban Kween 

DJ Scotty Nevers



Celebrate America’s Independence at Newark Riverfront Park this Sunday, July 3rd, at the Thank You America Festival!

Newark Riverfront Revival is excited to announce the Thank You America: Independence Day Carnival and Fireworks at #Newark Riverfront Park onJuly 3rd!

Let’s celebrate our country’s Independence at beautiful Newark Riverfront Park with fireworks, carnival rides, food, and entertainment for the family.

Join us this Sunday, July 3th, 2016, beginning at 2pm at Riverfront Park, located on Raymond Boulevard between Somme and Van Buren Streets, to celebrate America’s birthday with the Thank You America Festival followed by Fireworks along the Riverfront at 9pm!

This event is being sponsored by Ironbound Business Improvement District, East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, Hampton Inn & Suites, Allegro Seafood Grill and supported by Newark Riverfront Revival and the Newark Celebration 350 Committee.


Newark Boat Tours Begin Sunday, June 26th!

This Sunday, June 26th, marks the beginning of our Newark Boat Tour summer series!

Experience the great City of Newark from the River and learn about the history, ecology, and development from Newark Riverfront Revival and Hackensack Riverkeeper.

We offer two types of Riverfront Boat Tours:

Riverfront Tours: Boats leave from Newark Riverfront Park and follow the Passaic River to the tip of Newark Bay. Boats then go back up river until Newark’s edge along the Passaic at the Belleville border. Tours focus on Newark’s historical development, industry and redevelopment of the Riverfront.

Port Tours: Boats leave from Newark Riverfront Park and go down the Passaic River and into Newark Bay and the two docks at Port Newark. Tour is focused on the Port Industry, Ecology of the River and the future of sustainable development.

Our first tours begin on June 26th at 11am & 1pm from the Boat Dock located on the Orange Boardwalk.

You must be 5 years old+ to sail.

Suggested donation is $5 for Newark residents and $15 for non-residents.

Get your tickets by emailing or calling (201) 341-8311

Boat Tour Dates:

June 26th – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

July 23rd –  Port Tour
12pm & 2pm

August 21 – Port Tour
11am & 1pm

August 27 – Port Tour
11am & 1pm

August 28th – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

September 11 – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

September 18 – Port Tour
10am & 12pm



Create Art on the Banks of the Passaic with the Riverfront Park Interactive Art Series Powered by GalleryRetail

Be a part of the Riverfront Park Interactive Art Series, curated and hosted by GalleryRetail this summer!

Riverfront Park Interactive Art Series: GRanimals, an interactive day of creating art for Newark Youth.
Get up-close and hand-ons with various warm and furry critters while enjoying the park and live art.

DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS! ; ) [No animals will be harmed, just art installations of animals]

Bring our your children for the first event on Saturday, June 25th, from 2-5pm to create art in ‪#‎Newark‬ Riverfront Park!GRSUMMER16_SM_side1


The honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka and City of Newark, NJ – City Hall announce James Corner Field Operations as the lead designer in the expansion of ‪Newark‬ Riverfront Park!

In a press conference hosted by the Deputy Mayor, Baye Adofo-Wilson at City Hall, the City of Newark , Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, and Trust for Public Land announced that the James Corner Field Operations firm will be the lead designer for the next phase of #Newark Riverfront Park. The firm is internationally known for their parks and was the team behind New York City’s Highline.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka stated that he believes  that the redevelopment of Newark’s riverfront and Riverfront Park is the most transformative project in the city. The Park will be extended from it’s beginning on Raymond Boulevard and Brill Street, all the way up to Bridge Street, encompassing three of Newark’s five wards.

Newark Riverfront Revival and the Friends of Riverfront Park are looking forward to participating in the meetings of community stakeholders to help aid in the design process.

Visit The Newark Times for more information.


Newark Pulse Spotlights Summer Events at Newark Riverfront Park!

Big thank you to Newark Pulse and writer Tamara Campbell for highlighting Summer 2016 at Newark Riverfront Park!
Riverfront Debuts their Summer 2016 Calendar

The Riverfront Park debuts their summer line-up showcasing the diversity of Newark’s talent. Check out a sampling of what’s to come. All events are added in our calendars… join our email list for weekly reminders.


Water Activities:



For the Kids/Families:

Work It Out This Summer w/ Free Public Yoga, Zumba & Capoeira at Newark Riverfront Park!

The Summer 2016 Season has begun at Newark Riverfront Park! After a successful River Day (check later this week for an update and photos), Newark Riverfront Revival is excited to present a full calendar events.

Newark Riverfront Park is one of the most beautiful and peaceful spaces in the entire city and a great location to work out and get in shape!

We are thrilled to present 3 fitness classes that will run weekly until mid-September. There is something for everyone down on the River so come out and get your exercise on with Riverfront Yoga, Riverfront Zumba, and our newest addition Riverfront Capoeira.

Please note that all fitness classes take place in The Meadow located on Raymond Boulevard at Brill Street behind the sports fields.

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Relax and release with Riverfront Yoga our new yoga instructor fayemi shakur every Monday @ 6pm in The Meadow located on Raymond Boulevard & Brill Street behind the sports fields.

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Dance and sweat it out with Riverfront Zumba every Tuesday @ 6pm with instructor Aigner Holmes in The Meadow.

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We are excited to announce our very first Riverfront Capoeira classes hosted by Capoeira Muçurumim every Wednesday @ 7pm in The Meadow .

‪#‎Capoeira‬ is a #Brazilian martial art created by enslaved Africans who disguised their training to look like dancing while preparing for a revolt against slave masters. Learn more at

June 4th – 5th Annual Walk to the Water & River Day!

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Be a part of the celebration and join us on Saturday, June 4th for the 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day in partnership with Newark Celebration 350!

Meet on the steps of Newark City Hall at 11am and Walk to the Water in symbolic reclamation of the Riverfront for the people!

Upon arrival at Riverfront Park, take part of the River Day festivities and get a taste of the upcoming 2016 season with a day filled with family friendly fun and activities featuring:

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. John Johnson, Jr. & Junius Williams / Newark Celebration 350

Performances by:

Shabazz High School Marching Band

Poetry by Urban Kween
Son del Caribe
Rancho de Casa Ribatejo
Maurice Chestnut
Capoeira Mucurumim
Los Pleneritos
The Violin Diva – Charisa Rouse

New Ark 350 Play by Yendor Productions

Boat Tours with the Hackensack Riverkeeper

Hosted by Tehsuan Glover

Fitness Activities:


Don’t miss Riverfront Park’s opening day and celebrate Newark’s 350th in the place where it all began, down by the River!

Newark Riverfront Revival Announces Summer 2016 Calendar of Events!


It’s going to be a great summer at Newark Riverfront Park and we are excited to present another season of exciting activities and events that are fun for the whole family!

This year we feature our ongoing free public fitness activities including Riverfront Yoga with fayemi shakur on Mondays at 6pm, Riverfront Zumba on Tuesday at 6pm, and our new addition, Riverfront Capoeira with Capoeira Muçurumim on Wednesdays at 7pm all located in The Meadow located on Raymond Boulevard @ Brill Street.

On river activities include our popular Boat Tours along Newark’s Riverfront and inside the Port of Newark with the Hackensack Riverkeeper and free public kayaking.

Suggested donations for Boat Tours are $5 for Newark residents and $15 for non-residents. Must be 5 years and older to sail.

Kayaking is free and open to the public, you must be 18+ to participate. Reservations are required via (201) 341-8311 or

June 26th – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

July 17th – Kayaking

July 23rd –  Riverfront Tour
12pm & 2pm

August 7 – Kayaking

August 21 – Port Tour
11am & 1pm

August 27 – Port Tour
11am & 1pm

August 28th – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

September 11 – Riverfront Tour
11am & 1pm

September 18 – Port Tour
10am & 12pm

Learn all about the history, culture, and redevelopment of Newark’s riverfront with our Riverfront Walkshops:

June 5th – Ironbound Edition
July 17th – Downtown Edition
August 14th – North Ward Edition

Special events this year include Riverfront Open Mic nights every 2nd Wednesday of the month, Kizomba Dance Workshop with David Campos & Guida Rei followed by the Kizomba Dance Party with DJ Express on June 18th, live music with Emily & the Ideals on July 14th, Newark Hip-Hop Weekend July 8-9th, Riverfront Theater with The Movement Musical on July 16th, Family Movie Night Newark Office of Film + TV featuring Zootopia on July 22nd in The Meadow, 2nd Annual Dance Newark! on August 6th, Riverfront Movie Night sponsored by Newark Office of Film + TV featuring Purple Rain on August 12th, Riverfront Jazz with Brick City Soul Collective on August 26th and special selections from the Newark International Film Festival on September 9-11.

This season Quick Culture Meetups will return providing Newarkers an opportunity to network and discuss current events, city developments, arts, culture and more along the river on:

June 5th – Youth Edition
July 17th
August 14th

GalleryRetail will also host Outdoor Public Art Days providing interactive art projects and an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work on:

June 25th – Youth Edition
July 23rd
August 13th

Once again Newark Chess Club will host Riverfront Chess providing a beautiful backdrop for the game of strategy on:

July 7
July 21
August 4
August 18
September 1

And last, but certainly not least is our most popular event, Riverfront House Nights with DJ Omar Abdallah on:

June 17th
July 29th
August 19th – “Music Speaks” Edition with LPCCD featuring a screening of “Hands to the Sky”
September 16

There is something for everyone this summer at Riverfront Park helping us to achieve our mission of connecting every Newarker to the River!

For a full listing visit:


Newark Celebrates 350 Years on the Passaic on June 4th!

Big thanks the the Waterfront Alliance for featuring our upcoming 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day on their latest Water Wire.


Full article:

Newark Celebrates 350 Years at the Passaic River on June 4

Every year for the past five years, the residents of Newark, New Jersey have celebrated River Day—gathering at City Hall, marching bands stepping high, to parade to the Passaic River to symbolically reclaim the riverfront and launch the summer season.

This year’s parade and waterfront party—the 5th annual Walk to the Water and River Day—will take place on Saturday, June 4. And it has an extra celebratory element: the 350th anniversary of the founding of Newark.

“It’s a big deal for the city,” said Marcy DePina, program director forNewark Riverfront Revival (NRR), an initiative of the Ironbound Community Corporation that has worked with partners including The Trust for Public Land to restore and revitalize the Passaic waterfront since 2008. “The whole city is galvanized to come together and celebrate, and to imagine and look toward the future for the next 350 years.”

Today, more than 16 acres of public space along the Passaic River offers park-hungry Newark residents a breezy respite from urban life, with playing fields and playgrounds, a bikeway and walking trail, a boardwalk, and a floating dock. The park first opened in 2012, after four years of planning, community input, environmental cleanup, and fundraising.

“We try to make River Day a snapshot of all the cultures represented in Newark, so there’s a diverse offering of entertainment and education,” Ms. DePina said, listing music, theater, poetry; yoga, zumba, capoeira, dancing; and popular boat tours with Hackensack Riverkeeper.

“The EPA has a table, along with many other participants,” she added. “We talk to people about park stewardship.”

Two months ago, the EPA finalized a Superfund cleanup plan for the Passaic River. The job will entail dredging 3.5 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the river bottom and then capping it, bank to bank. “It won’t begin for the next five to ten years,” Ms. DePina said, “but people are just happy to know that the cleanup is going forward.”

On Saturday, June 4, Walk to the Water begins at 11am from Newark City Hall (920 Broad Street); Newark River Day at Riverfront Park (Raymond Boulevard btw Somme and Van Buren Streets) runs from 1pm–6pm. Visit the Newark Riverfront Revival website for more details or follow the organization on Twitter at @NewarkRiverfrnt for up-to-date information.



May 21st – 5th Annual Walk to the Water & River Day!!

Are you ready to kick of the Summer 2016 season at ‪#‎Newark‬ Riverfront Park?!?! Join us this Saturday, May 21st for the 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day in partnership with Newark Celebration 350!

Meet on the steps of Newark City Hall at 11am and Walk to the Water in symbolic reclamation of the Riverfront for the people!

Upon arrival at Riverfront Park, take part of the River Day festivities and get a taste of the upcoming 2016 season with a day filled with family friendly fun and activities featuring:

Keynote Speaker: Junius Williams

Performances by:

Shabazz High School Marching Band
Poetry by Urban Kween
Son del Caribe
Rancho de Casa Ribatejo
East Side High School Winter Color Guard
The Play of the Passaic by Earth Wing Protector Kid Heroes of Hawkins Street School
Capoeira Mucurumim
Los Pleneritos
J Read

Newark 350 Play by Yendor Productions

Boat Tours with the Hackensack Riverkeeper

DJ Omar Abdallah

Hosted by Tehsuan Glover

Rain Date – June 4th

May 21st – 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day!

Celebrate Newark’s 350th birthday at the place where it all began, on the Passaic River!

This year we will meet at 11am on the steps of Newark City Hall on May 21st to gather for our 5th Annual Walk to the Water and a symbolic reclamation of the riverfront for the people. Represent your city, ward, or organization by walking with us to the beautiful Riverfront Park for a full day of celebrating Newark’s 350th!

River Day will kick off on the Orange Boardwalk at 12pm and will celebrate family friendly activities that focus on the history, arts & culture, and environment of the city of Newark.

Join in the fun and help us celebrate Newark on May 21st down by the River!


SAVE THE DATE: April 2nd – Hip-Hop 4 Flint Newark!

Newark Riverfront Revival is proud to partner with Hip-Hop 4 Flint for the Newark event being held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 2-5pm at Robert Treat Hotel located at 50 Park Place in Downtown Newark. The event is being held in partnership with the City of Newark Health & Community Wellness Department, Newark Water Department, Ironbound Community Corporation, Essex County College Urban Issues Institute, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, GrassROOTS Community Foundation, 211 Community Impact and the Newark Office of Film + Television with the goal of raising awareness about lead poisoning and environmental pressures in the City of Newark and to raise funds to contribute to the national goal of $80k.

The event is open to all ages and features performances by Urban Kween, Gallery Retail, DJ Express, Young Bonez, Negros Americanos, NeNe Ali, DJ Scotty Nevers, Sol Zalez, Miss Nana, Rhymaggedon, Rahzel the Beatboxer, Doitall of the Legendary Lords of the Underground and more!

Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go towards the national fundraising goal which will be used to purchase high-quality water filters for 250 homes in Flint, MI.

To purchase advance tickets, visit:

For more information, visit:

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SAVE THE DATE: May 21st – 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day

Newark Riverfront Revival is proud to partner with Newark Celebration 350 for our 5th Annual Walk to the Water and River Day taking place on Saturday, May 21st from 11am-6pm!

Join us on the steps of Newark City Hall on May 21st at 11am and walk to Newark Riverfront Park in symbolic reclamation of our riverfront! Enjoy a day full of fun family friendly activities celebrating the history, culture and revitalization of Newark’s Riverfront.

Newark Riverfront Park Awarded the EPA’s Smart Growth Award for 2015!

Newark Riverfront Revival is proud to announce that we were one of three national winners of the EPA’s National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for 2015! Congrats to all the residents, organizations, institutions, designers, patrons and contributors who have helped to to make Newark Riverfront Park a beautiful public space for all residents of the city. 

Here is the statement from the EPA:

Riverfront Park fulfills a decades-long movement to reclaim the Passaic riverfront for the people of Newark, New Jersey. Situated on the site of a former metal smelting plant, the park is becoming an integral part of the community’s identity and activity, hosting events and festivals and giving thousands of people a place to walk, bike, relax, and play. An inclusive design process guided decision-making throughout development. The park is expected to attract economic development, particularly to downtown Newark.

EPA created the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in 2002 to recognize exceptional approaches to development that protect the environment, encourage economic vitality, and enhance quality of life. In the past 13 years, 62 winners from 26 states have shown a variety of approaches that states, regions, cities, suburbs, and rural communities can use to create economically strong, environmentally responsible development. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities manages the awards program.

For more information about smart growth, go to
For more about EPA:

Newark Riverfront Revival/Cobblestone Multimedia Youth Apprenticeship Program Video – Summer 2015

Newark Riverfront Revival was proud to partner with Newark based Cobblestone Multimedia in the creation of our first ever Youth Apprenticeship Program this past Summer 2015.

In partnership with the Newark Works Youth Program, NRR/Cobblestone Multimedia employed 12 city youth, who spent 5 weeks at Newark Riverfront Park learning about the ecology of the Passaic River, Park Stewardship, Arts and Culture Programming, and Multimedia Skills. Apprentices spent time working with partner organizations such as the Newark Office of Film + Television, the city’s Government Access channel NWK TV, and Panasonic to get greater insight and experience on the types of multimedia arts careers they can build in the city of Newark.

The project culminated in a video created by our apprentices in which they applied the multimedia skills that they learned to highlight Newark Riverfront Park programming and issues around the environment of Riverfront Park.

Congratulations to our apprentices for all of their hard work and enthusiasm. Check out the results of their work and feel free to share on social media in celebration of Newark youth!

Civic Story Spotlights Newark Riverfront Guide

via Civic Story: History, Humor, Heart: #Newark Planners Depict #Riverfront as Unfolding Drama:

Enjoy this ingenious graphic created under the auspices of City of Newark’s planning office, and taken from the Newark Riverfront Guide.

The Newark Riverfront Guide was researched, written and designed by a team led by Damon Rich (former Planning Director & Chief Urban Designer for the City of Newark), including staff from the Newark Planning Office and the design firm MTWTF. The designers worked in consultation with groups including Ironbound Community Corporation, Friends of Riverfront Park, Lenape Lifeways, New Jersey Historical Society, and Newark Public Library.

Newark Riverfront Revival, National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program, Environmental Protection Agency Urban Waters Program, the City of Newark, NJ – City Hall, American Institute of Graphic Arts–New York

Newark Riverfront Guides are available through Newark Riverfront Revival for donations of $3. Contact to purchase your copy!

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EPA Announced its $1.4 Billion Plan to Clean Up the Passaic River

NEWARK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday its $1.4 billion plan to clean up the most polluted portion of the Passaic River, an area made so unhealthy from corporate dumping that people are forbidden from eating the carcinogenic fish and crabs that come from it.

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Pictured, a bird in the polluted Passaic River looking east towards Jersey City on June 1, 2007. (File photo)

Friday’s announcement of the project, which may generate over 500 jobs and which officials said will not be paid for by taxpayers, was tempered by criticism from the Sierra Club, and righteous anger from former U.S. Senator Cory Booker over what corporations did to the river and Newark in the first place.

Also, EPA officials cautioned, this project to clean up the lower eight miles of the river, will take over 11 years, and even then the fish won’t immediately be safe to consume.

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