Dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Weequahic Park, the Weequahic Park Association (WPA), a 501c3 is a nationally recognized grassroots urban enviromental organization. The WPA's goal is to exemplify to the fullest extent possible, the ideals that Frederick Law Olmsted set forth when he defined the meaning and purpose of the parks as centers that should provide a beautiful respite from the stress of daily life.
In a world where great and serious intentions must often bow to the harsh realities that face them, the Weequahic Park Association (WPA) points with pride to all that it has been able to accomplish in its effort to revitalize historic Weequahic Park. These achievements, such as the construction of a 2.2 miles long running track made from 100% post consumer product (recycled tires & sneakers) and urethane binding layer made of rubber granules; the improvement of the lake shoreline, using biodegradable coir coconut fiber rolls, storm quality water improvements. Over the past years, the Weequahic Park Association has developed an extensive proposal for the restoration of Weequahic Park. The common chord that brings harmony and purpose to the Weequahic Park Association is an intense desire to witness the development of a world class park.
The Weequahic Park Association has hosted successful social services programs, music and other cultural events, education and recreational programs, festivals, fireworks in the park and other activities. The WPA addresses not only park preservation, health concerns, and airpollution but other environmental, social and cultural issues, all within a justic and equity framework. WPA has institutionalized a road race in the park, initiated the planting of long absent flowers and replacement of dying trees, spurred the installation of a new exercise trail and the renovation of two children's playground-a project which the WPA spent three years advocating.
The Weequahic Park Association continues to enhance the urban quality of life, by helping to restore this magnificent 311 acre natural resource and capitalizing upon the economic, educational, and vocational opportunities available for the community. Because of its close proximity to Newark Airport and other polluting industries, WPA often holds community meetings, educational sessions and workshops at the community center. The Weequahic Park Associaton invites everyone within or outside of the community to become involved with our effort to restore Weequahic Park.