Redefining and revitalizing its image, Newark is a long-established urban center that is welcoming significant growth in residential areas. Vast numbers of upscale private townhouses and condominiums have sprung up, bringing new life to districts that are brimming over with cultural and employment advantages. Distinguished as the Essex County seat of government, Newark claims a rich history of economic activity through the centuries. Although a large manufacturing sector remains today, Newark is known for its vital business districts filled with banks, law firms, and leading corporations as well as prestigious universities and medical facilities. Cultural jewels like the Newark Museum, Newark Symphony Hall, and the spectacular new Jersey Performing Arts Center draw visitors from across the region. Recreational amenities include sports leagues, 40 lush parks, free concerts, recreation centers, Camp Watershed with 35,000 lush acres, athletic fields, tennis courts, and swimming pools.