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Riverfront Park – Downtown Newark Project

• PROJECT TYPE: Community Engagement, Expert Witness Testimony
• LOCATION: Newark, NJ
• SERVICES: Visioning/Public Engagement

Nishuane Group provided community engagement advisory services to James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) and its development team for Newark’s Riverfront Park Expansion Project. JCFO held numerous public and stakeholder meetings to solicit input on the design for the park. Stakeholders included, but were not limited to, the following: residents, cultural institutions, elected officials, corporate leaders, institutions of higher education, conservationists & children. In order to prepare for this engagement Nishuane Group analyzed the historical and current assets and challenges of the area. Additionally, our Planners contributed to the creation of public engagement exercises and exhibits. Finally, the Firm provided expert witness testimony in support of the Riverfront Park Expansion site plan to the City’s Planning Board.

Over 15 acres were designed as a new public park in Newark. The expansion project extends the park along the Passaic River from its existing location at Raymond Boulevard, in the Ironbound Neighborhood, to the Bridge Street Bridge in Downtown, passing Newark Penn Station and the FBI’s Newark building. The final design concept includes three phases and includes 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.

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