Military Park, Newark
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the history of this public park dates back to 1666 when the land was set aside as one of three "commons" by the city founders. The triangle-shaped park is bound by Rector Street, Park Place, and Broad Street. For most of its history, the land was used for militia musters and training. The land served as a camp and training ground for troops during the French and Indian War. During the Revolutionary War, officers of the Continental army again used the land as their camp. The U.S. Army recruited troops here during the Civil War, and during WWI, the park once again served as a recruiting station for troops. Today, the park offers visitors a variety of activities, programming, and attractions including sports opportunities, fitness programs, arts and culture, a farmers market, a carousel, and a restaurant called Burg (short for burger).
Backstory and Context
"Military Park HIstory." Military Park. Accessed June 27, 2018. http://militarypark.com/historyofthepark.
Zakalak, Ulana D. "Military Park Commons Historic District." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. June 18, 2004. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/2c63edce-def4-43f3-bfe2-fec8d7a568f2.
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