Just five years ago when Newark Riverfront Revival began its work, there weren't too many reasons to visit the water's edge of New Jersey's greatest city. But things have changed! In 2014, over 3000 Newark residents & visitors came to relax, socialize, dance, perform, eat, explore, cheer & watch the river roll!
All of these good things from house parties to park construction to river remediation have only been possible because Newarkers & others have taken a stand & gotten involved in creating the riverfront that Newark wants. Going forward, we look forward to attracting every Newarker to the river's edge & beyond! Please help us accomplish our goal by visiting our new website at newarkriverfront.org, signing up for our email list, following on Twitter, liking on Facebook & talking with your friends & neighbors about our river. See you all down by the water in oh-fifteen!
As usual, the Orange Party brought the best of Newark together on the banks & waters of the Passaic. Families from across city came for boat rides, capoeira, Zumba, yoga, arts & crafts, facepainting, kite flying, environmental education, a drum circle & more. To conclude the day, fabulous InaWordFab hosted a display of Newark talent & culture with singing, dancing, poetry & Double Dutch. See more!
For the first time, New Jersey Gospel Month concluded on Newark's riverfront with the Praise by the Passaic Gospel Festival hosted by Dr. Albert Lewis of the Gospel Time television program. The Orange Boardwalk was full of song & praise dancing as the sun set over the Newark skyline. See more!
Over 600 Newark residents & visitors explored Newark's riverfront by boat with Newark Riverfront Revival & Hackensack Riverkeeper on 2014 Newark Boat Tours. In addition to our class City Tours, which cover the area north of Port Newark to near the Belleville line, this year we offered more Port Tours focused on the largest seaport on the US east coast. Guests including Port Authority Intermodal Marine Terminals Supervisor Robert Harley & Isella Ramirez from the Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports offered insights on both daily port operations & the relationship between the port & the rest of the city.
Newark Riverfront Revival Walkshops (North of 280, Downtown & Ironbound) offered residents & visitors the chance to walk & talk with city planners, local historians, environmental justice advocates & others involved in creating the future of Newark's riverfront.
This year, Newark Riverfront Revival said farewell & hello to amazing staff.
After two-and-a-half years of dedicated service, Riverfront Coordinator Chris Caceres has brought his work to a close in order to pursue further project management career goals. Chris began as a Riverfront Intern in early 2012, just before the opening of Essex County Riverfront Park. His considerate communication, organizing skills & unstoppable hustle were critical to the success of everything that Newark Riverfront Revival has accomplished since then, from the first Newark Walks to the Water in 2012 to our first full season of over 60 events in 2014. From tour guiding to parade organizing to grant writing to house party prep, Chris carried many responsibilities with calm & fortitude. He leaves Newark Riverfront Revival a much stronger organization & we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
This fall, after a citywide search, Newark Riverfront Revival named Marcy S. DePina as its first Program Director to lead citywide organizing & riverfront programming. Marcy, longtime Newark resident & speaker of four languages, brings over 15 years experience in production & marketing working with organizations including New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Kingdom of Morocco, United Nations, 92YTribeca, SOBs, Afropop Worldwide, Kriol Jazz Festival in Cabo Verde, Ebru TV & her own firm FORSA Media Group. Ms. DePina received her bachelors degree from Rutgers University in Music & Latin American Studies and has focused her career on markets including African & African diaspora, Portuguese & Spanish-speaking communities. Welcome Marcy!
Friends of Riverfront Park, a volunteer group of residents, meets monthly in the Riverbank Park Field House. This year, the group worked to organize riverfront events, raise funds & deal with park issues like maintenance & security.
We couldn’t have had such a successful year without the generous contributions of our funders and supporters! Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program, Victoria Foundation, EPA Urban Waters, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Franklin Parker, Freddie Mac, Seidler Chemical Company & the Habitat Estuary Program for support.
Newark riverfront programs are funded by contributions from individuals, private & public organizations. Please consider making a donation today! Click here to donate by credit card or send a check or money order to "Ironbound Community Corporation" & mail to Newark Riverfront Revival c/o Marcy DePina, 920 Broad Street Room 112, Newark, NJ 07102.
Newark Riverfront Revival (NRR) aims to connect every Newarker to their river. Since 2008, NRR has organized for Newark’s riverfront by taking hundreds of people on 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, 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.