The Village of Newark is proud to be a "Canal Community". Located on the NYS Erie Canal along VanBuren Street, the Village offers boaters a beautiful park, known as T. Spencer Knight Canal Port. The park includes a picnic area, gazebo, and benches which overlook the canal.
This park provides boaters many amenities: ample docking on both sides of the waterway, electric service at no charge, water hookup, and pump-out station are just a few. The Interpretive Center also provides visitors with restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and WiFi.
As part of the NYS Canal Trail System, Newark's portion extends 1.5 miles from T. Spencer Knight Park west to Stebbins Road, with a view of the Erie Canal along most areas. The 8-10 foot wide trail provides visitors an enjoyable journey on well maintained stone dust walkways. Rest areas are available throughout the trail with a walk bridge to cross over to Edgett Street which provides access to the Newark Plaza, fast food restaurants, bowling alley, and a 24-hour drug store.
For the extreme hikers, bikers, and joggers the trail winds its way through surrounding farms, woodlands, and neighboring municipalities for miles.
As an added attraction to our Erie Canal surroundings, a mural (entitled "Erie Canal 1825") is being painted on the wall under the Veterans Memorial Bridge by the Visitor's Center. This is a project created by Art in Public Places and is being painted by Corky Goss and Robert (Chip) Miller. It is expected to be completed in the summer of 2008.
A wayfinders map has been developed showing
all businesses within the Newark area to provide information for boater visitors and anyone else who stops by the Interpretive Center.