Who Uses The Park?
The Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy (GCPC) partners with the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs in its efforts to maintain and enhance the park, and it strives to be a positive contributor in the West Essex community.
The Conservancy serves a diverse audience who use the park on a daily basis throughout the year.
Walkers – many elderly walk around the pond on the flat areas or traverse the hilly paths if they are able; small groups and individuals of all ages walk for exercise throughout the day as well as employees from area companies during lunch breaks.
Runners – running on the paths and through the woods individuals utilize the paved paths from early morning until after dark when the pats are well-lit. The James Caldwell High School running clubs also use the park for practice. The Caldwell West Caldwell Education Foundation utilizes the park for their annual Spring Fundraising run. There are mile markers in the park that were installed as an Eagle Scout project. See Running Path Map.
Exercisers – there are local exercise leaders who utilize several areas of the park for small classes in yoga as well as more rigorous exercise. The areas used include the field behind the Pond House, the upper level near the parallel bars and the playground.
Dog Walkers – individually and in small groups, ‘pet parents’ walk their charges all day long but are especially prevalent early morning, at lunchtime, after work and in the evening.
Children/Teens – moms, grandparents as well as nannies bring children — toddlers as well as older kids — to the playground. The local chapter of Girls on the Run meets after school behind the Pond House. The girls also run around the pond for exercise challenging each other to run the most laps.
Families – families often gather in the meadows by the tennis courts, the Great Meadow behind the Pond House. They use the areas for picnics, games and socializing while still social distancing. Individuals also use the area for sunbathing and reading.