MAPLEWOOD MEMORIAL PARK CONSERVANCY
Ensuring the legacy of our historic park and looking toward the future
The Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy is a public-private partnership that assists the Township of Maplewood in caring for, restoring, and improving our historic local gem, Memorial Park, a twenty-five acre oasis in the center, and at the heart, of town, designed in the early twentieth century by Brinley and Holbrook and the Olmsted Brothers firm.
A popular community gathering space and home to events such as Maplewoodstock and the Fourth of July celebration, the park invites both passive and active recreation, with ballfields, courts, and an amphitheater, as well as a landscape designed in the picturesque style, with broad greenswards, copses of trees and shrubs, a pond, and rustic bridges over a channelized river.
The Conservancy develops long-term master plans, designs and oversees landscape projects, hosts engaging events, and seeks funding sources to ensure our beloved park continues to serve the many and varied needs of our community. For more about our initiatives and mission, see About.
“Walk This Way” October 2022 Pop Up Event
On a beautiful fall day the Conservancy presented a proposal for landscaping and a path along Valley St. between Oakview Ave and Oakland Rd. across from Town Hall. In addition to giving feedback on the plan, participants made kites, joined in a scavenger hunt, and strolled the path with some walking shrubs! Visitors to the event as well as to this page completed a survey to gauge the Community’s interest in the project. All of the more than 60 responses supported moving forward with the project, seeing it as a major improvement to visitor experience.
The Conservancy’s aim with this proposed project is to restore landscaping originally intended to buffer the park from the busy roadway along Valley St as well as to connect this area to the rest of the park’s interior pathway system, allowing walkers, runners, and field goers to avoid the narrow sidewalk. The plan was designed by Jennifer C. Ryan, based on historical documents.
Among the positive benefits we hope to achieve are to improve the experience of park goers of all ages by providing a safe and pleasant place to walk, access the ballfields, courts, and playground, and seating to enjoy the beauty of the landscape, which will be enhanced by trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Membership and donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Or mail your contribution to Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy PO Box 1091 Maplewood, NJ 07040