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Phillipsburg Riverview Organization was founded in 1988 by concerned citizens of Phillipsburg, NJ. They joined together to advocate for the downtown area of Phillipsburg, NJ.
The Phillipsburg Downtown Merchant’s Association soon spun off from Phillipsburg Riverview Organization (PRO). Since then this downtown association has evolved and is currently known as Phillipsburg Downtown Association.
Phillipsburg Riverview Organization's (PRO) actions included a downtown parking plan and a historic walking tour.
PRO went on to find funding to remodel the boat ramp and advocated for the town to purchase the adjacent three-acre tract, to provide overflow parking for businesses and residents of the first block of S. Main Street, as well as boat trailer parking.
PRO protested the closing of the Bullman Street Steps and advocated for their repair.
The Riverview Arts Center opened in the early 1990s as an art school and center for environmental advocacy. Community art shows were held at the building as well as at Shappell Park.
RiverFest -a celebration of community and arts - was held at Delaware River Park and Shappell Park for several years.
PRO is a force for the preservation of agricultural lands and endangered species habitat in Warren County and northern Hunterdon County and manages a 128-arced preserve for grassland bird species in Pohatcong Township.
One of PRO’s finest achievements was its advocacy along with many others culminating in the New Jersey Highlands Act, in 2004.