Long-established and well-developed, Rahway City features a pleasing balance of commerce, industry, and welcoming neighborhoods. Strong civic pride has resulted in sweeping revitalization, particularly in the downtown retail district. One of the community's jewels is the Union County Arts Center in the restored Rahway Theatre, the cornerstone of the Arts District and a cornerstone of cultural renaissance. Older homes blend with newer construction, while acres of lake and river parkland create a backdrop of scenic beauty. Local parks include the expansive Rahway River Park. Other recreational amenities close to home include playgrounds, a sports complex, league sports play, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and an active YMCA.