Newark cuts ribbon on park 15 years in the making

BY Michael Hill, Correspondent |

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka cut the ribbon on Mulberry Commons Park, a $10 million public-private partnership 15 years in the making, largely because of developers who fought over the land.

Mulberry Commons Park is two blocks long and sits in the shadows of the Prudential Center and amid new commercial construction and towering office buildings. More than anything else, city hall considers this a catalyst with a potential economic impact of $400 million.

Part of what the city has its sights on is the Edison parking lots. The city says in the next five years it hopes they become residential space.

There’s also a vision to create a footbridge across McCarter Highway to connect the park to the Ironbound neighborhood.

For some, this park is more than just grass and trees.

“I see Newark as beginning to see itself as what it can become,” said Baraka.