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Our Story

Memorial Park was designed in the 1920s by the prestigious landscape architects Brinley and Holbrook and the Olmsted Brothers, whose beautiful, picturesque parks grace major cities throughout the country.

Memorial Park is listed in the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places, and in 2016 was designated one of New Jersey’s Great Public Places by the NJ chapter of the American Planning Association. In 2015, interested parties from the Historical Preservation Commission, The Maplewood Garden Club, South Mountain Conservancy and other advocates began meeting to develop plans to maintain the legacy of the park while meeting the challenges of today’s environment.

The Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy was incorporated as a 501(c) nonprofit organization in 2017, and today has over 40 members and an 11-person Board of Directors. A partnership agreement with the Township of Maplewood was signed in 2018.

Our Mission

The Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy is a public-private partnership modeled on such successful organizations as Newark’s Branch Brook Alliance and the Central Park Conservancy in New York

In partnership with the Township of Maplewood, the Conservancy is dedicated to preserving, improving, and maintaining Maplewood Memorial Park.

The Conservancy guides and supports the development and implementation of policies and practices that appropriately reflect the park’s historical and cultural significance, integrity of design, recreational and environmental importance, educational opportunities and prominent sense of place.

2018 Board of Directors

  • Deborah Lyons, Chair
  • Gary Nelson, Vice Chair
  • Kathy Kohlman, Secretary
  • David Nial, Treasurer
  • Virginia Kurshan
  • Susan Newberry
  • Dennis Percher
  • Lara Tomlin
  • Nancy Adams, Maplewood Township Committee
  • Calvin Bell, Director, Department of Public Works
  • Melissa Mancuso, Director, Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs




The first $25 of your donation will be applied to a one year renewable membership.

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