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UPDATE:   Because of weather issues on May 7th, the Conservancy postponed the Derby Day Fund Raiser to June 11th, 4 – 7 pm for the running of the Belmont Stakes.

Join us for the Belmont Stakes the third and longest race of the Triple Crown.

The Belmont Stakes was first run in 1867 at a distance of 1½ miles. It is the longest of the three American Triple Crown racetracks. Following the race, the winning horse is draped with a blanket of white carnations which symbolize love and luck.

Although there won’t be a triple crown winner this year, you can still see the winners of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness on our jumbotron.

Come enjoy a afternoon of games, raffles and food (beer and wine) from the Cloverleaf while raising money for the refurbishment of the bridges in Grover Cleveland Park.

Keep our Rich History in Public View

At a time when too much of our local history is being erased, we are seeking sponsors to raise money to replace the iron railings on bridges that cross the Pine Brook with an historic design in keeping with the original Olmsted-design.   The Rotary Club of the Caldwells has already donated $10,000 to kick-start this campaign, and Essex County Department of Parks has donated $5,000. Won’t you help?

Become a Sponsor

Check out the available Sponsorship levels for Derby Day.


  • 3-hour festival and fundraiser
  • Food and drinks by Cloverleaf Tavern including mint juleps
  • Kentucky Derby themed games for kids including stick horse races, and pony rides
  • Contests for adults including best derby hat, raffles
  • 50/50 drawing and raffles
  • Streaming of the Kentucky Derby via a 10 ft by 17 ft jumbotron.

Our last event in 2019 was a success with over 750 adults and 200 kids attending. In 3 short years, it has become an essential Spring event for the West Essex community.

We greatly appreciate your time and hope to have your support.  And of course, we hope to see you at Derby Day.

The event is held at the Great Meadow.

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Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy

The Grover Cleveland Conservancy was formed in 2001 by a group of community members concerned with the upkeep and maintenance of Grover Cleveland Park. All officers, trustees, and advisory board members are volunteer community members.

Designed to cater to the public for year-round recreation, Grover Cleveland Park was carved out of the surrounding West Essex meadows and farmland. In the early 1900s, when the park was being considered, local farmers were using quite a lot of the area as pastures and fields. The county hired the landscape architectural firm, founded by Frederick Law Olmsted, to design Grover Cleveland Park.

Today, the park boasts walking/running paths, a fish-stocked pond, tennis, bocce ball and shuffleboard courts, children’s playground, open fields, a baseball diamond, and a picnic grove. The goal of the GCPC is to restore the park using the original Olmsted design as a guideline.


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