Recreation in Newark

Index of Recreation Facilities

Jewish Museum of New Jersey

The Museum of the Old First Ward of Newark

Newark Museum

New Jersey Historical Society

Branch Brook Park

Lincoln Park

Military Park

Riverbank Park

Riverfront Park

Greater Newark Conservancy

Weequahic Park

West Side Park

Independence Park

Vailsburg Park

Ivy Hill Park

Weequahic Golf Course

Veterans Memorial Park

Jewish Museum of New Jersey
http://www.jewishmuseumnj.org/

145 Broadway Newark, NJ 07104 (Map)
973-485-2609

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey, at Ahavas Sholom, is located at 145 Broadway in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States. Founded in 2003, the museum's inaugural opening was in 2007. The historic building in the Broadway neighborhood is the longest continually operating synagogue in the city. It was built in 1923 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. It is one of fifty synagogues that once stood in Newark, serving a Jewish population of 70,000, once the sixth largest Jewish community in the United States.

From the gallery space of the Museum, one has a view of the majestic Aron Kodesh, or Holy Ark. Constructed in the 1870s for Congregation Beth-El, later Rodeph Sholom, at their second location on Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street in New York City, the hand-carved wooden Aron Kodesh was installed at its present location in Newark in the 1920s and is the oldest in the state of New Jersey.

The Museum creates and curates rotating and traveling exhibitions, utilizing photographs, paintings, panel displays, artifacts, text, music and multi-media. The Museum is open for special exhibits and programs, as well as by appointment.

The Museum of the Old First Ward of Newark

118 7th Avenue Newark, NJ 07104 (Map)
973-803-4200

The Museum of the Old First Ward of Newark is located in the lower level of the Saint Lucy's Community Center on 7th Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. During the year (not including the feast schedule) museum hours are by appointment only. The museum welcome tours, schools and individuals. This museum is always looking for memorabilia and photographs to be displayed. The museum covers the period from the 1880s until the 1970s.

Newark Museum
http://www.newarkmuseum.org/

49 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
973-596-6550

The Newark Museum operates, as it has since its founding, in the public trust as a museum of service, and a leader in connecting objects and ideas to the needs and wishes of its constituencies.  According to the museum's website, "We believe that our art and science collections have the power to educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities that we serve."  In the words of founding Director John Cotton Dana, "A good museum attracts, entertains, arouses curiosity, leads to questioning—and thus promotes learning."

The Newark Museum's Tibetan galleries are considered among the best in the world. The collection was purchased from Christian missionaries in the early twentieth century. The Tibetan galleries have an in-situ Buddhist altar that Dalai Lama has consecrated. In addition to its extensive art collections, The Newark Museum is dedicated to natural science. It includes the Dreyfuss Planetarium and the Victoria Hall of Science, which highlights some of the museum's 70,000 specimen Natural Science Collection. The Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, located behind the museum, is the setting for community programs, concerts and performances. The garden is also home to a 1784 old stone schoolhouse and Fire Safety Center.

New Jersey Historical Society
http://www.jerseyhistory.org/

52 Park Place Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
973-596-8500

The New Jersey Historical Society is a state-wide, private, non profit historical museum, library, and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural and economic history of New Jersey to the broadest possible audiences. Founded in 1845, it is the oldest cultural institution in the state. Through exhibitions, publications, and programming, the New Jersey Historical Society examines what it means to live and work in New Jersey, what contributes to New Jersey's distinct identity and the unique contributions that New Jerseyans make to the region and the country. The Historical Society promotes exploration of our cultures, past and present.

Branch Brook Park
http://www.branchbrookpark.org

115 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104 (Map)
973-268-2300

We champion a masterwork of landscape architecture, conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. and designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The centerpiece of the first county park system in America located in the renaissance city of Newark, Essex County Branch Brook Park now enjoys new life. Together with a community of friends, we are restoring the park’s historic design and restoring it for today's lively use.

Lincoln Park
http://lpccd.org/

450 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
973-242-4144

Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural District, Inc (LPCCD) is a non-profit 501C (3) organization with a mission to plan, design and build a comprehensive arts and cultural district in the Lincoln Park/Coast area of the City of Newark, New Jersey.

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) is transforming Lincoln Park, an 11-acre, four-block site dominated by brownfield site into a “green” arts and cultural district. Plans for the arts and cultural district include sustainable mixed-income housing units, annual music festivals and historic restoration projects.  LPCCD is creating a sustainable community with sustainable housing, cultural programming, urban agriculture and green job creation.

Military Park
http://www.militarypark.com

920 Broad St Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
973-733-8442

As the most significant historic park in downtown Newark, Military Park serves as the primary gathering space for surrounding businesses, residents, and visitors. Once taken as a symbol of urban decay, Military Park is now in the midst of a dramatic revitalization that will transform the park into a stunning, highly active space that will include a new restaurant, restrooms, beautiful gardens, and daily free programming from yoga and capoeira to outdoor concerts and games. The park will be privately operated and managed by a nonprofit corporation, the Military Park Partnership, which is staffed by Dan Biederman and Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, who transformed Manhattan’s Bryant Park. The Military Park Partnership is currently managing the redesign, construction, and ongoing maintenance of the park. 

Riverbank Park
http://riverbankpark.org

27 Somme Street  Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
973-589-3353 (X202)

Riverbank Park is located in what is commonly known as the Ironbound section of the City of Newark.  It sits along the Passaic River and is host to many recreational uses. It is located off Raymond Boulevard, Market, Van Buren, and Somme Streets, within the east side section of Newark. A portion of the park across Raymond Boulevard has 1000 feet of waterfront access on the Passaic River, and includes land, which once held the old Morris Canal. At 10.77 acres, Riverbank Park is the smallest Essex County park. The demands on it are great nevertheless, and it is intensely developed for recreation with very little unused natural area.

Riverfront Park
http://newarkriverfront.org/

1-3 Brill St Newark, NJ 07105 (Map)
973-268-3500

Newark Riverfront Park is raising environmental awareness, improving physical and psychological health, and strengthening urban communities. The park now connects the Ironbound neighborhood and the Passaic River and has become a platform for events and activities, attracting residents from all of the city’s wards as well as visitors from outside the city. From an evening stroll along the river to Zumba & yoga classes under the “Orange Sticks,” there are many opportunities at the park for fun and relaxation.

Greater Newark Conservancy
http://www.citybloom.org/

32 Prince Street Newark, NJ 07104 (Map)
973-642-4646

The Community Greening Program addresses Newark's deficit of quality preserved open space by enhancing existing community parks, creating new pocket parks, establishing greenways, and improving neighborhoods with street trees, street-side planted flower barrels and community gardens. The program works with Newark residents to transform neighborhoods with curbside flower barrels and lush community gardens on former vacant lots. These urban farms increase accessibility to food sources for urban residents by providing high quality, locally grown healthy food using natural pest control methods.

Weequahic Park
http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/weequahic-park

Elizabeth Ave. & Meeker Ave, Newark, NJ 07114 (Map)
973-268-3500

Weequahic Park is located in the eastern section of Essex County within the City of Newark. It is the second largest developed park in the county system with 311.33 acres, including an 80 acre lake.  The park is bisected by U.S. Route 22 and the Lehigh Valley Railroad (Conrail), creating in effect two smaller parks, which serve distinct neighborhoods. The name, stemming from the language of the Lenni-Lenape Indians, is said to mean "the head of the cove."

West Side Park
http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/west-side-park

So. 13th St. & 18th Ave. Newark, NJ 07112 (Map)
973-268-3500                                                   

West Side Park is located on 31.36 acres of land in the Central Ward of the City of Newark between South 17th & South 13th Streets. It is the ninth largest park in the county system. This location was a natural for a park in the center of the city and it has been heavily used from its inception to today.

Independence Park
http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/independence-park

Van Buren St, Newark, NJ 07105 (Map)
973-268-3500                                                   

Independence Park is found in the eastern section of Essex County, in an area of Newark known as the "Ironbound" or "Down Neck" section. Its 12.69 acres are bordered by Walnut Street on the north, Oliver Street on the south, and Adams & Van Buren Streets west and east. It is adjacent to East Side High School.

Vailsburg Park
http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/vailsburg-park

South Orange Ave. Newark, NJ 07106 (Map)
973-268-3500                                                   

Vailsburg Park is located on 30.32 acres of land in the eastern section of Essex County off Oraton Parkway and South Orange Avenue, running alongside the Garden State Parkway. A mid-sized park heavily used primarily by neighborhood residents, it lies within the Vailsburg area of Newark and is the tenth largest park within the county park system.

Ivy Hill Park
http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/ivy-hill-park

Mt. Vernon Pl. & Seton Hall University, Newark 07106 (Map)
973-268-3500

Ivy Hill is a small, neighborhood, urban park that is in great demand because of its proximity to neighborhood high rise apartments, Seton Hall University, and private housing units. Located on Mt. Vernon Place, on the Newark/South Orange border, and adjacent to Seton Hall, this 18.96-acre park is another Olmsted Brothers design.



Weequahic Golf Course
http://www.essexcountyparks.org/golf/weequahic-golf-course

1 Thomas Carmichael Drive Newark, NJ 07112 (Map)
973-926-2520

While Weequahic measures slightly less than 6,000 yards, the course offers an ideal golfing landscape and its small greens make low scoring difficult.  Among the best holes on this lovely course are the uphill par five 3rd with two large bunkers carved in the hillside, as well as the long par four 16th that plays to the crest of this same hill and down to the green that is set in the base of its long slope.



Veterans Memorial Park
http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/veterans-memorial-park

West Market Street and Wickliffe Street Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
973-268-3500

While Weequahic measures slightly less than 6,000 yards, the course offers an ideal golfing landscape and its small greens make low scoring difficult.  Among the best holes on this lovely course are the uphill par five 3rd with two large bunkers carved in the hillside, as well as the long par four 16th that plays to the crest of this same hill and down to the green that is set in the base of its long slope.

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