Downtown Wildwood’s Byrne Plaza Awarded a 2018 Downtown New Jersey Excellence Award

Published Monday, November 19, 2018
by SNJ Today Staff


Downtown Wildwood’s Byrne Plaza was recently awarded the 2018 Downtown New Jersey Excellence Award in the Built Projects category.

Each year, Downtown New Jersey recognizes New Jersey’s best downtown projects and programs completed within the last two years. Winning submissions are considered models worthy of emulation. Byrne Plaza was recognized as a best Built Project, based on the project's excellence in place-making.

The new 60,000-square-foot Byrne Plaza, located in the heart of Downtown Wildwood at Pacific and Oak Avenues, features outdoor events and attractions with an event schedule that includes a festive atmosphere for the whole family.

Designed by renowned architect Richard Stokes, Byrne Plaza features iconic and decorative Wildwoods cement beach balls, vast greenery and a covered amphitheater; along with ample space for numerous events and festivals to be held throughout the year. Some events include the Downtown Wildwood Farmer’s Market, free Movie Nights on the Plaza, the Downtown Marketplace, and free concerts and festivals.

Byrne Plaza’s prime location amongst local businesses, including a burgeoning dining district, is another key factor in its contribution to an evolving Downtown Wildwood. Byrne Plaza has transformed the Downtown into a viable attraction for visitors to the Wildwoods.

The development of Byrne Plaza was made possible by a joint effort between the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA), the Wildwood Business Improvement District (WBID), the County of Cape May County, the Cape May County Open Space Board, the Byrne Foundation for the Wildwoods, Crest Savings Bank, and the City of Wildwood.

Downtown New Jersey is an organization of individuals, businesses, government agencies, and local and regional organizations that are passionate about downtowns. Downtown New Jersey is a resource dedicated to ensuring the vitality of New Jersey’s downtowns. Its mission is to act as an advocate for downtown commercial districts in New Jersey to: provide information and educational opportunities for professional downtown and commercial district revitalization organizations; recognize the best efforts of these organizations; track judicial and legislative issues that can affect the success of New Jersey’s downtown commercial districts; provide opportunities to foster communication among the business, government and professional communities concerned with the well-being of downtown and commercial districts; inform and educate membership on legislative issues involving downtowns and commercial business districts.

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