Trails & Trees
You will notice that the design of Grover Cleveland Park has many features made famous by Frederick Law Olmsted. As noted in the book: “Illustrated Highlights of a Century: Grover Cleveland Park, 1913 -2013” by Richard Cummings and Warren Marchioni, his park designs feature rolling landscapes, curving drives, great lawns, dedicated recreation areas and a variety of water themes in the form of lakes, streams and fountains.
Like many European parks and gardens, Olmsted often included a grand allée bordered by trees. Our park has Linden Allée which is a straight path bordered by American Linden Trees along the Upper Path.
Olmsted believed that as you turn a corner, a new vista opens to delight your walk through the park.
At the end of Linden Allée, the Conservancy has planted 3 white Dogwood trees, and on the opposite side of the path, 3 pink Dogwood trees.
Trustees developed plans to refurbish trails that have become overgrown and unused. Trails were refurbished with the help of volunteers from local companies as well as from Caldwell University.
In addition to the paved pathways through the park, there are trails that go through the woods. Some go through the deeper woods and are very steep, some are easy walking trails.
The trees in our park are over 100 years old and are in their declining years. Beginning in 2016, the Conservancy embarked on a program to replace the older, dying trees and choosing trees that will not succumb to some of the pests and diseases that have affected many. In addition, we are purchasing trees that are native to New Jersey.
The scale of the issue is large and increasing — in the last 4 years, 25-30 trees have fallen annually. The 2017 March snowstorms felled 25 additional trees. Those numbers do not include the limbs and large branches that fell under the weight of the snow or from windstorms.
New Tree Plantings
In keeping with our mission, the Conservancy purchases and plants new trees, bushes and flowers in the park.
The Conservancy has embarked on a program to replace the older, dying trees and choosing trees that will not succumb to some of the pests and diseases that have affected many. We try to purchase trees that are native to New Jersey.
Give a Commemorative Tree
The trees that the Conservancy is purchasing are planted in many areas of the park. We invite you to help defray the cost of purchase, transportation, planting of these new specimens through the Conservancy’s Commemorative Tree program.
The price to adopt a tree is the wholesale price that the Conservancy pays, and it includes the cost of planting, mulching, staking, and arbor tying each tree. The trees are purchased from the Plant Detectives, purveyors of fine nursery stock, and are planted by the NJ Tree Foundation. During the year, they are watered by our volunteers to ensure they survive during hot, dry weather.
Won’t you adopt a tree so the Conservancy can continue to replace our dying and declining trees?