Monday, July 25, 2016

What Do You Want to See at Newark's Riverfront Park?

Newark, New Jersey: As was revealed last month, the designer of New York's High Line will design the expanded part of Riverfront Park in Newark. Now, officials are inviting the public to a meeting to hear suggestions regarding the project.

According to the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, the public design meeting will be held this Tuesday, July 26th, at Newark City Hall, beginning at 6:30pm. Attendees will include Mayor Ras Baraka and Deputy Mayor Baye Adofo-Wilson.

For those who cannot attend, a survey regarding the project may be filled out online.

Riverfront Park will be expanded along the Passaic River from its existing location along Raymond Boulevard in the Ironbound to the Bridge Street Bridge in Downtown, passing Newark Penn Station and the FBI's Newark building. Pedestrian and bicycle pathways, benches, a boathouse, athletic fields, habitat areas, a new floating dock, a stage, an amphitheater, exercise courses, fitness equipment, playground equipment, restroom facilities, and decorative fences are planned for the expanded park. 

James Corner Field Operations will be the lead designer landscape architect for the next phases of the park. According to the City of Newark, Corner's projects have included the High Line in Manhattan, the Race Street Pier in Philadelphia, and Freshkills Park in Staten Island.

Before the new part of the park opens, a variety of activities are still taking place at the existing part. Five more boat tours will be offered this summer, and tickets cost just $5 for Newarkers.

Newark City Hall is located in Downtown at 920 Broad Street.

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