Our ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In 2001, concerned community members decided to form the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy in order to restore and update Grover Cleveland Park. Conservancy members worked tirelessly bringing attention to county officials the lack of attention our park was given.  Through grants, donations, and hundreds of volunteer hours, the Conservancy was able to secure the funding needed for all of these much needed projects.  Projects are ongoing and your support will enable the Conservancy to add more accomplishments to our list!

children's house
Children’s house before rehab
Accomplishment Children's House After
Children’s House after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grants:
· $400,000 Green Acres Grant award – 2003
Refurbish Children’s House; refurbish tennis courts & storage house; add light stanchions, benches, water fountains & trash receptacles; some landscaping & drainage issues
– lower level; installation of paver walkway into playground; resurfaced all pathways; remedied erosion issues behind baseball field and along hill paths. (Summer 2004)

· $500,000 Green Acres Grant award – 2004
Refurbish Pond House; landscape; field upgrades; pond refurbishment

· $400,000 Green Acres grant award – 2005
Landscape, picnic grove, benches

Planting:
· Plant and maintain Triangle Garden (ongoing)
· Plant and maintain Gould Street Triangle garden (ongoing)
· Dead and dangerous trees and limbs removed using Special Purpose Grant and private donations (12/06)
· Planted 45 cherry trees along brook (11/08)
· Planted 4 trees throughout (4/09)
· Planted Gould St. triangle garden (5/09)
· Dogwoods planted along Brookside Avenue (4/10)
· 11 trees planted in picnic grove & pond (7/2011)
· 3 new cherry trees planted (11/2011)
· 5 new trees planted (fall 2012)
· Leucothoe shrubs planted around perimeter of Gould Triangle Garden (spring 2012)
· Entrance sign planters planted (spring 2013)
· 5 Zelkova trees planted (spring 2013)
⋅ 5 Black Tupelo trees planted (spring 2016)

Structure Upgrades:
· Children’s House roof fixed – Bay Roofing (9/02)
· Parking lots surfaced (7/03)
· Playground Gate purchased using Starbucks Community Grant (8/05)
· New entrance signs – Essex County (5/10)
· Renovate Pond House, install new benches, light stanchions, upgrade ball field (Spring 2006)
⋅ New picnic tables installed by Children’s House (summer 2016)

Events:
· Hosted Halloween Parade for children (2001 – 2006, 2013 – 2014)
· May Fest (2006 & 2007)
· Speakers present on various topics – April & October (2006 – present)
· Blossoms in The Park (4/09 & 4/10)
· 2013 Centennial events – Four part lecture series, Art on the Avenue display, Model Sail Boat demonstration, Summer Concert reception, · · Centennial Celebration, Halloween Parade
· 10th Anniversary celebration (9/11)
⋅ Caldwell History Day (June 2016)

Recreational Upgrades:
· Fence around playground installed (6/01)
· Shuffleboard & bocce equipment purchased by Conservancy
· Horseshoe pits refurbished & shoes bought – Eagle Scout project (11/02)
· Playground installed (6/03)
· ADA accessible picnic grove (spring 2013)
· Two picnic tables installed near playground (summer2013)
· Rehabilitated the Picnic Grove (Summer 2009)

Pond Improvements:
· Pond path paved (7/03)
· Emergent and sub-emergent plants planted along banks of pond to provide bank stabilization and act to filter water (June 2004)
· Brook Rehabilitation complete (8/11)

Other Projects:
· Bluebird boxes installed – Cadet Scout project (5/03)
· Skating weather permitting (2001 – 2007, 2009)
· Turtle Garden planned and planted. Girl Scout project (6/05)
· Trails blazed – Boy Scout project (9/05)
· Measured fitness trail marked with mile markers every 1/4 mile (3/08)
· Completed brick paver fundraiser (5/09)

 

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