A Newly-Renovated City Park in Esperanza
On June 23rd, New Brunswick Tomorrow’s Esperanza Neighborhood Project team held a fun family event at the newly renovated War Memorial Park on French Street.
It was a gorgeous day to enjoy one of the city’s beautiful parks. Families also had an opportunity to learn about the activities that New Brunswick Tomorrow (NBT) is working on, particularly through the Esperanza Neighborhood Project. For the neighborhood families that advocated for the park renovations, it was a particularly satisfying moment. With NBT's support, residents shared ideas and input throughout the entire redesign process.
Among the games and face painting for the children, well-known mural artist Leon Rainbow, who previously created the mural “Latido del Corazón de la Ciudad” on French Street, was in attendance for residents who wanted to share ideas for the next mural that will be installed alongside War Memorial Park. The mural, a commemoration to remember and honor those that we’ve lost due to COVID-19, is our seventh public art collaboration with coLAB Arts, and is expected to be installed in August.
The renovation of War Memorial Park and the installation of the COVID-19 mural are just two of many projects set to further beautify this vibrant area, home to over 150 small businesses. Over the course of the summer, the City of New Brunswick will be installing new trash cans and planters throughout the corridor as part of a collaborative venture with NBT in the New Jersey Neighborhood Preservation Program. These efforts are bringing new hope and excitement to neighborhood families and businesses as our community continues our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.