Parks That Unite

Our Goals

Mission Statement: To improve health and community for the residents of Newark, especially youth, by mobilizing support for thriving, varied, and accessible parks and open space.

Varied Parks

Parks that meet the needs of all age groups, especially youth, and that offer a variety of outdoor recreational activities and experiences.

Thriving Parks

Parks that have high utilization because they are user-focused and because they’re ahead of the trends.

Supported Parks

Parks that build pride as demonstrated by volunteerism in parks.

Accessible Parks

Parks and open spaces that are reasonably safe for pedestrians and cyclists to access and neighborhood parks that are within a half mile of home.

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Bike Park

Project Manager:
Steve Lawrence
Tri-City Area’s first dirt-jump pump-track bike park. A popular sport among mountain bikers and BMX bikers of all ages (some as young as age 2) and skill levels. A family sport that brings people together from our neighboring communities and generates economic activity for our cities. We’ve identified volunteer track maintenance crew!
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Project Manager:
Angela Akridge
City’s first skatepark. Plaza-style skatepark. Youth need safe places to socialize. Skateboarding fosters confidence, resilience, and independence. We’ve identified a couple of neighborhood parks with space for a 17,000 sqft skatepark!
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Dog Park

Project Manager:
Carol Graham
City’s first off-leash dog park. Features might include K9 grass and agility course. For many residents, their pets are part of their outdoor experience and a dog park offers a gathering place for the community. We have the public land!
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Native Plants Garden

Project Manager:
Angela Akridge
A native plants garden, a space that offers relief from the pressures of urban life, showcasing native drought-tolerant plants. SF Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge’s Native Plant Nursery agreed to donate native plants, and we have our Bay-Friendly Landscape certification!

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