Our summer internship program is in full swing, and three undergraduate interns from Rutgers and Montclair State have been busy pruning shrubs, tackling invasive vines and saplings, and weeding beds to help restore Memorial Park to its historic beauty. Working in conjunction with the Conservancy and the Maplewood Department of Public Works, interns Greta Donato, Grace Kim, and Abdul Nasir are making steady progress in completing restoration in the 19 zones of the park, documenting their progress along the way, and helping us map out goals for future maintenance in a database created by returning graduate intern Jennifer Ryan.
They are also working on special projects, including research on how to restore and improve the Duck Pond, the Sundial Rockery, and the Vietnam Vets memorial. Please follow their progress on Facebook and follow them on Instagram (mmpc_interns), and stop by to say hello if you’re in the park.
Graduate intern Jennifer Ryan’s beautiful and sensitive landscaping proposal for the Flagpole Hill section of the park, based on original Olmsted Brothers plans, will be planted in the fall. This summer, Jennifer continues her research and design projects, working with the township GIS, developing a historically appropriate tree replacement plan, and restoration plans for areas such as the Oakview and Valley St. border.