Newark Riverfront Revival (NRR), an initiative of the Newark Planning Office, aims to connect every Newarker to their river. Since 2008, NRR has built support for Newark’s riverfront by taking hundreds of people on a boat and walking tours, hosting dozens of outreach events, organizing design education programs for youth, and staging a City Hall exhibition.
Since 2012, NRR has worked with Essex County, the City of Newark, The Trust for Public Land, Ironbound Community Corporation, Friends of Riverfront Park, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) 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.
Newark Riverfront Revival has continued to build innovative public programs that focus on the areas of fitness, arts & culture, and education bringing over 20,000 people to Riverfront Park. The Park is currently under construction of its 3rd Phase of development with Trust for Public Land which includes the installation of lighting, an outdoor gym, and gaming tables along the interim path from Freeman to Fillmore Streets and further development under the Jackson Street Bridge to Madison Street.