Military Park (Newark)

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Military Park Commons Historic District
Americas Wars Newark NJ 3.JPG
Wars of America statue
Military Park (Newark) is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Military Park (Newark)
Location Newark, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°44′23″N 74°10′9″W / 40.73972°N 74.16917°W / 40.73972; -74.16917Coordinates: 40°44′23″N 74°10′9″W / 40.73972°N 74.16917°W / 40.73972; -74.16917
Built 1916
Architect Ely, Wilson and John; Guilbert and Betelle
Architectural style Renaissance, Italianate
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 04000649[1]
Added to NRHP June 18, 2004

Military Park is a 6-acre (24,000 m2) city park in Downtown Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is a nearly triangular park located between Park Place, Rector Street and Broad Street. From 1667, when the city was planned, until 1869 it was a training ground for soldiers. In 1869 it became the town commons.

The New Jersey Historical Society, Military Park Building and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center are located across Park Place from the park. A $3.25 million renovation led by Dan Biederman was announced in February 2012[2][3] The reconstruction is expected to completed in late 2013.[4][5] but due to harsh weather was postponed until Spring 2014.[6] A. restaurant, the first in the park, is planned.[7] The park reopened in June 2014.[8]

Features[edit]

In the southwestern part of the park is the colossal Wars of America monument, created by Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore.[9]

Bust of President Kennedy

The sculpture itself forms the base of a large concrete sword built into the ground. The sword from the ground resembles a large dry fountain and from the air its shape is easily distinguished. The sword is about eighty yards long from the end of the statue to its tip; the blade is over ten feet across at its base. A bust of John F. Kennedy by Jacques Lipchitz was erected in 1965. The park also has an old drinking fountain with the phrase "My cup runneth over" carved around its base, and statues of Frederick Frelinghuysen and Philip Kearny.

Msgr Doane
"Wars of America"
Philip Kearny statue in Military Park

A three-level underground parking garage is beneath the park. A subway station, Military Park Station, lies under the southwest end of the park at Raymond Boulevard and Park Place.

Doane Park[edit]

Doane Park is a tenth-acre triangular piece of land north of Military Park, where Broad Street and Park Place veer off and is separated from Military Park by Rector Street. A statue of Monsignor George Hobart Doane, for whom the park is named, was unveiled in 1908. Doane was a rector at St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral and did much for the city including his work with the Essex County Park Commission.[10]

Events[edit]

  • The annual Africa-Newark Festival celebrates African culture.
  • Jazz concerts are sometimes performed in Military Park.
  • On Thursdays during the fall, a farmers market is held on Park Place.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Military Park, Newark, New Jersey at Wikimedia Commons