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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.

Dedication plaque at Flagpole Hill installed fall 2022

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. Current and future landscaping plans are being developed with landscape consultant Jennifer C. Ryan.

Our first major initiative, the Flagpole Hill border restoration landscaping project, was based on original Olmsted Brothers planting designs and funded by the Open Space Trust Fund. Phase 1 broke ground in the area across from the train station in October 2018 and Phases 2, 3, and 4 were completed in the following season. The capstone to the project is a re-landscaping of the gateway to the park across from the train station, completed in spring 2022. A bronze plaque, installed in fall 2022, will be dedicated in November to celebrate Maplewood’s 100th anniversary. A redesign of the landscaping around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along Baker St. was completed in 2020, with funding from The Maplewood VFW Post 10120. Other current and recent initiatives include the ongoing volunteer Weeding Wednesdays and public programs such as bird watching and Painters in the Park. 

Painters in the Park, spring 2021

Join us to honor the past and shape the future of our landmark park!

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