Thank You Newark for Voting YES for the Open Space Referendum Increase!

Thank you Newark for coming out to vote on election day for the additional 2-cent increase on the Open Space Trust Fund that will go directly towards the expansion of Newark Riverfront Park.

We look forward to the next phases of development and to creating more exciting family friendly and free programs for the public.

If you would like to be involved and make your voice heard, please attend our Riverfront Public Discussion on Thursday, November 19th at 6pm at the Fieldhouse in Riverbank Park, volunteer with us, or become a member of the Friends of Riverfront Park.

Read more about the Referendum on

November 3rd – Vote Today for the Open Space Referendum!

Time to Vote! Are you for or against the Riverfront Park expansion project? Make your voice heard by voting on the Open Space Referendum.

Voting occurs November 3rd, to approve or deny the tax increase of an additional 1 cent per $100 of value of residential/commercial property, making it a total of a 2 cent assessment, which will go towards the expansion of the Riverfront Park.

Find out where to vote here:

Expansion: The Riverfront Park expansion will go along the shore of the Passaic River from Madison Street to Bridge Street. This project will offer more walkable, open space and additional recreational areas.

Who is involved: Newark Riverfront Revival, our partners in the City of Newark, County of Essex, and Ironbound Community Corporation, along with the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), a business development company aimed at the economic growth of the city of Newark.

How the 2 cent assessment level was determined: The total budget for the Riverfront Park expansion project is $37 million, determined by close estimates of the cost of design services, construction, and materials.

Value impact for the average Newark resident: about $3.40 a month

Timeline for the project construction: if approved, design work could begin as early as spring 2016, with project completion targeted for early 2018

Note: This project does not include river clean-up.

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Saturday, October 17th @ 4pm – Guided Tour of Newark Riverfront Park Landscape Installations for Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival

Join us this Saturday, October 17, from 4-5:30 pm for a Guided Tour of Newark Riverfront Park Landscape Installations as part of the Citywide Open Doors Arts Festival hosted by Newark Arts Council.

Meet by the Bird Watch at Newark Riverfront Park located on Raymond Boulevard and Somme Street and learn all about the history and development of Newark’s riverfront with tour guide Damon Rich.


Last Events of the 2015 Season at Newark Riverfront Park!

Our season down at Newark Riverfront Park is coming to a close with just a few more events by the Orange Sticks this month:

Friday, October 16th, 6:30-9:30pm – Riverfront House: Season Finale w/ DJ Omar Abdallah

Sunday, October 25th, 1:00-3:00p – Riverfront Chess Tournament hosted by Newark Chess Club ($100 for Winner, $75 for 1st Runner Up & $50 for 2nd Runner Up)

Thursday, November 19th, 6-7pmRiverfront Public Discussion focusing on stewardship, river cleanup and future development along the Passaic River.

Have you ever been on the Passaic River? If you haven’t, take the opportunity to get to know your city from a different view with our Newark Boat Tours hosted byHackensack Riverkeeper.

On Sunday, September 27th we will operate tours at 10am and 12pm exploring the river, it’s history, and re-development with our eco-tours.

Both tours are hosted by Newark Riverfront Revival with Captains Bill and Hugh from the Hackensack Riverkeeper and are $5 for Newark residents, $15 for non-residents.

If you are interested in attending, call or text (201) 341-8311 or email to make your reservation. Must be 4 years and older.

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Sister Carol Johnston
Tree Dedication

September 26th @ 11am

Ironbound Community Corporation is preserving and honoring the memory of Sister Carol Johnston with the dedication of a new shade tree along with a commemorative stone in her memory at Riverfront Park on 
September 26, 2015 at 11:00 am.

Sr. Carol Johnston was a staunch advocate of our community, whose commitment to nature was palpable; she was a champion of connecting our community to the Earth and the impact of this on the quality of life for all of our residents.

If you would like to make a donation to honor Sr. Carol’s legacy and impact, and secure that her memory is not only in our hearts—but also in the space she so passionately fought to create, please donate using the link below.

For more information visit:

Thank you for your anticipated support. We look forward to seeing you on September 26th!