Fun Takes Center Stage
Whether your idea of fun is a theater production or a hike through the park, you can find something to do in Newark any day of the week.
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The Newark Arts Alliance (276 E. Main St., Suite 102, 266-7266, newarkartsalliance.org) hosts a gallery shop with artwork made by members, but everyone is encouraged to create—and not just with a paintbrush. Classes range from belly dancing to digital camera “boot camp” to making wearable art.
The arts alliance’s Camp Imagine is well-received in the community. “It’s a vital summer program for us,” says Terry Foreman, the executive director, “and it serves 24 kids a year, some of whom come on full or partial scholarship.” The two-week, full-day camp, which this year runs from July 25 to Aug. 5, is open to children ages 7 to 12.
Those with more of an active mindset than an artistic one—or those who boast both—can hit the trails. And there are lots of them. “We have a little more than 15 miles of trails in Newark,” says Charlie Emerson, director of parks and recreation.
The Mason-Dixon Trail, a single-lane natural trail that connects the Appalachian Trail with the Brandywine Trail, passes through Iron Hill Park and meanders along to the White Clay Creek. The James F. Hall Trail last year was one of 31 trails in 15 states to receive the National Recreation Trail designation. The 1.76-mile hard-surface trail, which opened in 2003, is “sort of a suburban trail,” Emerson says.
By early 2012, the city hopes to open the Pomeroy Trail, which follows an old rail line that ran from Pomeroy, Pa., through Newark and into White Clay Creek. “You’ll be able to bike on it, walk on it, hike on it and jog on it,” Emerson says.