During the summer, the NDD has implemented temporary pedestrian malls in different locations in Downtown Newark to transform streets into walkable, pedestrian-friendly urban spaces. By blocking off vehicular traffic, these open spaces provide the Downtown community with better access to retail stores, more seating amenities, and activities to socialize and enjoy the outdoors with neighbors and colleagues.
The 2019 NDD Pedestrian Mall, Washington Place Wednesdays, offered information tables, free yoga sessions, a pop-up shop, food vendors, games, and live music. The mall provided a temporary space for the Downtown community to eat, socialize, play, and enjoy the warm weather during lunchtime.
If you are a Downtown business or organization that is interested in participating in a summer NDD Pedestrian Mall, contact Urban Planner Mbacke N. Faye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the sun is out and summer rolls around, NDD Parklets are open! NDD Parklets are free to everyone from May to October to sit, relax, and enjoy some open space so come check them out.
The NDD Parklet program aims to provide more open spaces and encourage walkability within the Downtown. They are an economical solution to the need for wider sidewalks as they convert curbside parking spaces into vibrant community spaces. For businesses, Parklets are a way to increase foot traffic and provide patrons with greater access to stores and services in Downtown Newark.
If you are a Downtown business, organization, or property owner and are interested in having a Parklet near your establishment, please contact Urban Planner Mbacke N. Faye at email@example.com.
Newark’s newest park, Mulberry Commons, opened in May 2019. Check out this video for information and time-lapse footage on the inception, design, and construction of the park.