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About The Park
As the most significant historic park in downtown Newark, Military Park serves as the primary gathering space for surrounding businesses, residents, and visitors. Once taken as a symbol of urban decay, Military Park is now in the midst of a dramatic revitalization that will transform the park into a stunning, highly active space that will include a new restaurant, restrooms, beautiful gardens, and daily free programming from yoga and capoeira to outdoor concerts and games. The park will be privately operated and managed by a nonprofit corporation, the Military Park Partnership, which is staffed by Dan Biederman and Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, who transformed Manhattan’s Bryant Park. The Military Park Partnership is currently managing the redesign, construction, and ongoing maintenance of the park.
Originally laid out in 1667 when the city was planned, the 6 acres of Military Park have witnessed a varied history. For the first 202 years of its life, the park functioned as a training ground for soldiers, serving as the camping site for George Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War retreat of 1776. It is storied that Thomas Paine also began writing the first lines of his essay “These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls” in
The American Crisis
while camped here. Eventually in 1869, the park became the town commons and the site of several important monuments. In the southwestern part of the park stands the “Wars of America” bronze monument by Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore. The sculpture, erected in 1926, eight years after the end of World War I, features forty-two people and two horses and was intended to honor all of America’s war victims. The sculpture was added to the National Register of Historic Places in October 1994. The sculpture also formed the base of a large concrete sword fountain built into the ground. At its tip, a bust of John F. Kennedy by Jacques Lipchitz was erected in 1965. Around the park also exists an old drinking fountain and statues of Frederick Frelinghuysen and Philip Kearny. Yet over time, the grandeur of Military Park slowly declined, and the site fell into disuse, becoming known for its dangerous and unsafe conditions that warded off visitors even during the best days of summer. Then in 2003, the tides began to turn for Military Park. Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, the group credited with energizing New York City’s Bryant Park, was hired to analyze and make recommendations for the redesign and programming of Military Park, which included an analysis of existing conditions, recommendations for physical design changes and in-park programs, the preparation of expense and revenue budgets for the redeveloped park, and suggestions as to how to implement the plan. Beginning in February 2010, BRV began the process of implementing the proposed changes. With the MCJ-Amelior Foundation, the Prudential Foundation, and the City of Newark, BRV co-founded the Military Park Partnership, the nonprofit corporation created to develop and operate the revitalized Military Park. BRV assembled a design team and construction plans for the revitalization, and broke ground on May 28th of 2013. Construction is scheduled to be finished by fall, with new programs starting up in spring 2014.
MPP Board of Directors
, Military Park Partnership, The MCJ Amelior Foundation Margaret Anadu, Goldman Sachs Miles Berger, The Berger Organization Samer Boraie, Boraie Development LLC Larry Goldman, Theatre Square Development Corporation Ellen Lambert, PSE&G Anzella King-Nelms, Trinity and St. Philips Cathedral Damon Rich, City of Newark Ommeed Sathe, Prudential John Schreiber, New Jersey Performing Arts Center Adam Zipkin, Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Cory Booker
Monument Restoration Appeal
“Wars of America”
(John) Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum (March 25, 1867 – March 6, 1941) was a Danish-American artist and sculptor famous for creating the monumental presidents' heads at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, the famous carving on Stone Mountain near Atlanta (he later destroyed it in protest to the KKK’s involvement), as well as other public works of art including a head of Abraham Lincoln, exhibited in Theodore Roosevelt's White House and held in the United States Capitol Crypt in Washington, D.C. “Wars of America” is a "colossal" bronze sculpture containing "forty-two humans and two horses". The sculpture sets on a base of granite from Stone Mountain. The sculpture was erected in 1926, eight years after World War I ended, but its intent was broadened to honor all of America's war dead. In describing it, Borglum said "The design represents a great spearhead. Upon the green field of this spearhead we have placed a Tudor sword, the hilt of which represents the American nation at a crisis, answering the call to arms." The “Wars of America” sculpture was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 28, 1994.
To repair and clean; submit conservation report with photographic documentation; develop maintenance plan: $753,170. To support this work, donate here.
“John F. Kennedy”
Jacques Lipchitz (August 22, 1891 – May 16, 1973) was a Cubist sculptor. In the artistic communities of Montmartre and Montparnasse, he joined a group of artists that included Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso as well as where his friend, Modigliani, painted Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz. Living in this environment, Lipchitz soon began to create Cubist sculpture. In 1922 he was commissioned by the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania to execute five bas-reliefs. With artistic innovation at its height, in the 1920s he experimented with abstract forms he called transparent sculptures. Later he developed a more dynamic style, which he applied with telling effect to bronze compositions. The German occupation of France during World War II, and the deportation of Jews to the Nazi death camps, forced Lipchitz to flee France. With the assistance of the American journalist Varian Fry in Marseille, he escaped the Nazi regime and went to the United States.
To repair and clean; submit conservation report with photographic documentation; develop maintenance plan: $26,482. To support this work, donate here.
Henry Kirke Brown
Brown (February 24, 1814 – July 10, 1886) began to paint portraits while still a boy, studied painting in Boston under Chester Harding, learned a little about modeling, and in 1836-1839 spent his summers working as a railroad engineer to earn enough to enable him to study further. He spent four years in Italy; but was never dominated, as were so many of the early American sculptors, by Italian influence. His equestrian statues are excellent, notably that of George Washington (1856) in Union Square, New York City, which was the second equestrian statue made in the United States, following by three years that of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. by Clark Mills (1815–1883), and of Brevet Lt. General Winfield Scott (1874) in Washington, D.C.. Brown was one of the first in America to cast his own bronzes. In 1847, Brown was elected into the National Academy of Design. Among his other works are: Abraham Lincoln (Union Square, New York City); Nathanael Greene, George Clinton, Philip Kearny, and Richard Stockton (all in the National Statuary Hall, United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.); and De Witt Clinton and The Angel of the Resurrection, both in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. DeWitt Clinton was the first American full-length sculpture cast in a single piece.
To repair and clean; submit conservation report with photographic documentation; develop maintenance plan: $29,920. To support this work, donate here.
Gerhardt (January 7, 1853 - May 7, 1940) attended Phillips School in Boston. In 1874, he went to California. By 1880, he had returned east to Hartford, and was married to Harriet Josephine Gerhardt, who came from Dalton, Massachusetts. He worked for a time as chief machinist at the Pratt and Whitney Machine Tool Company in Hartford and pursued sculpting in his leisure hours. He was so successful at sculpting, that in 1881 Mark Twain financed a trip to study in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts.
To repair and clean; submit conservation report with photographic documentation; develop maintenance plan: $42,710. To support this work, donate here.
In Newark, a campaign to restore Military Park monuments
August 10, 2014
Web Extra: A Poem from the Park
August 1, 2014
Award-winning Jersey City restaurant owners to open 'BURGer' eatery in Newark
July 28, 2014
Parkgoers at Military Park in Newark treated to poetry through Lunchtime Poems series
July 24, 2014
Military Park: A Catalyst for Newark's Renaissance
July 23, 2014
Newark's Military Park Expands Summer Event Calendar
June 25, 2014
Weekly ‘Guard d’Avant’ music festival to begin July 2 in Military Park
June 20, 2014
It's Now Official Military Park Open to the Public
June 17, 2014
After $3M facelift, Newark's Military Park is the center of splendor
June 13, 2014
Military Park opens with music, politicians' praise
June 13, 2014
Newark's Military Park Rededicated
June 13, 2014
Military Park Makeover
June 6, 2014
Military Park Renovations
June 3, 2014
Newark’s Military Park Makeover Attracts New Visitors
May 26, 2014
A Walk in the Park
May 23, 2014
Exploring Cafes and Culture in Downtown Newark
May 21, 2014
Behind Reborn Newark Oasis Stands a 'Park Whisperer'
May 16, 2014
Newly Renovated Military Park Reopens
May 16, 2014
They built it. Will you come? Planners of reimagined Military Park planted lots of flowers. Now they want to plant people.
May 15, 2014
As Military Park reopens, developers talk challenges and changes
May 13, 2014
Maritime hopes to 'break mold' in Newark
December 27, 2013
Meet Dan Biederman, the guru of urban redevelopment, as he talks about bringing the Bryant Park model to Military Park in Newark
December 23, 2013
Military Park: The History and its Future
December 9, 2013
Historic Newark Park to Ink Deal for a Restaurant
December 4, 2013
Newark's Re-Designed Military Park Names Chef for New Restaurant
December 4, 2013
Newark's historic Military Park undergoing a revival benefiting surrounding businesses and college students
August 13, 2013
Construction under way for Newark's new Military Park
May 28, 2013
Ground Breaks on Military Park Project
May 28, 2013
Military Park Poised for a Makeover of Epic Proportion
February 27, 2013
Revival Is Planned for a Derelict Downtown Newark Park
February 5, 2013
Public-Private Partnership to Revitalize Newark's Military Park
October 24, 2012
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