A New Jersey not-for-profit organization founded in 2001 dedicated to the maintenance, restoration and enhancement of the Grover Cleveland Park located in Caldwell and Essex Fells, New Jersey in partnership with the Essex County Park System.
Improving the park
Grover Cleveland Park is significantly improved since the inception of the Conservancy in 2001. Many upgrades were financed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres grants in 2003 and 2004 and Essex County. Other projects were financed by private donations and grants from Starbucks and the NJ Deptartment of Community Affairs. The upgrades were identified jointly by the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy and Essex County with safety as the major driving factor. The two have worked closely on project details and are pleased with the results.
The Annual Meeting was February 20. The successes of 2013 were celebrated and plans were laid out for landscape improvements: remediate pond invasive weeds, begin process to remove invasive species, enhance the Grould Street entrance.
Additionally, three Trustee positions were filled by two returning trustees, Warren Marchioni and Caroline Mescia and for the first time, Sharon Morrissey. The new slate of officers are: President Lisa Garrity, Vice President Susan Zayas, Treasurer Loren Betros and Secretary Kathleen Carrara.
The Centennial Celebration co-sponsored by the GCPC and Essex County Park System on September 21 was a huge success with over 500 in attendance! It was a beautiful day to celebrate the park's 100th anniversary. The Five-O Trio & Friends kept a festive atmosphere with their selection of popular soft rock from decades past and present. Cloverleaf Tavern kept the crowd satisfied with sliders and other offerings from the grill. Stop and Shop provided water and snacks and Gelotti offered ice cream.
The GCPC displayed its park art and historic postcard collection. Turtle Back Zoo, Hilltop Honey, Guerrero Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, pond seining, archery demonstrations by South Mountain Archery Cluband the county's cider press intrigued the guests.
Children enjoyed having their faces transformed by face painter, Becky McDonald. And they were kept amused by the petting zoo, various crafts provided by GCPC and We Knead the Dough Cookies. Additionally, they tried their hands at making huge soap Bubbles and finding obscure information in the GCPC's scavenger Hunt. And the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association got the kids moving in sack races.
Gate at Children's Playground
Thank you Centennial Sponsors and Partners!!!
April 23, 7:30 p.m. - GCPC Meeting: Caldwell Municipal Building, 2nd floor - All are Welcome!
April 26, 9:00 a.m. - Spring Clean-up: Meet by the playground - wear long pants, sturdy shoes and bring gloves if you have them (we have some). All are welcome! Groups too.
May 3, 9:00 a.m. - Fishing Derby: Sponsored by Essex County - Open to children 15 and under - check-in from 8 - 9 a.m. Derby from 9 - 11 a.m. BYO pole, bait, etc... Prizes in different age groups.
June 25, 7:30 p.m. - GCPC Meeting: Caldwell Municipal Building, 2nd floor - All are Welcome!
July 30, 7:00 p.m. - SUMMER CONCERT: The Five-O Trio and Friends Bring a picnic and enjoy the music!
Grover Cleveland Park History Book
Book will be available in 2014. Please indicate your interest by sending us an email. We will reserve a book for you. Cost to be determined.
Grover Cleveland Park Celebrates
Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy Clothing available!
Woman's T-shirt: $12
Unisex T-shirt: $12
(XXL & XXXL shirts: $14)
Email orders accepted ($5 S&H). firstname.lastname@example.org
The Conservancy and West Caldwell-ll-Caldwell Recreation brought the beloved Halloween Parade back to Grover Cleveland Park this year! On October 26, over 220 children participated in the parade around the pond. During the event, games, stories read by Caldwell Library's Deborah Khost, and refreshments were available. Rockin' Joes provided coffee and cocoa and Jack's Super Foodtown provided cider and donuts.
Prizes were awared for best costumes for children infant - 3rd grade.