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A Taste of Asbury Park Walking Tour


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*** PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS SATURDAY, APRIL 28 from 1-5pm IN ASBURY PARK. Sorry for any earlier confusion about the time. We have also updated the RSVP link to the Google form.***

This walking tour will highlight planning and development efforts in the city while exposing participants to the culinary assets offered by Asbury Park.

The tour will be led by city transportation manager Mike Manzella. Starting at Kula Farms and Kula Café, Patrick Durkin of InterFaith Neighbors will discuss the history and recent redevelopment of the Springwood Avenue corridor, as well as the organization’s efforts to provide training and jobs for local residents. The tour will move on to the Central Business District, stopping at an affordable community bike shop and local coffee cafe. The next stop will be the Parlor Gallery to learn about the local arts scene and its role in the revitalization of the city from Public Arts Commission member Jenn Hampton. The tour will move towards the Asbury Park Boardwalk where the latest on the Waterfront Redevelopment Area will be relayed. The final stop will be the iconic Convention Hall, where Chris Femino from Madison Marquette will share the success of the transformation of the boardwalk regional entertainment destination.
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Asbury Park is experiencing a wealth of development and international attention following a decade-long revitalization after several decades of disinvestment and decline. This beachfront destination flourished from the late nineteenth century through the 1940’s and witnessed significant population decline following the completion of the Garden State Parkway and civil unrest in 1970. The City was planned by James Bradley as a seaside escape from New York City in 1871. Bradley designed a progressive town with a boardwalk, electrical system, trolley network, tree-lined streets and a viable oceanfront and business district.

Recently, the 1.25-mile boardwalk, waterfront area and central business district have experienced rapid redevelopment. In 2016, over one million people visited the Asbury Park beach, and the City opened its first new hotel in 50 years. 2017 has seen a number of important development projects commence. Asbury Park’s meteoric rebirth has been fueled by a growing number of music, arts, entertainment, dining and nightlife and community partnerships between developers, non-profit and community organizations, and residents.