The Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy has worked diligently with the Essex County Park System since 2001 to improve the conditions of the Grover Cleveland Park. Our initial concern was safety. With this in mind, the playground was replaced in 2003 since the old one did not meet safety standards. In 2004, the tennis courts and Children’s House next to the playground were refurbished. New benches, trash receptacles and light stanchions were installed throughout the parkl. In 2006 the Pond House was renovated and the ball field was upgraded to include team and spectator benches and wing fences to protect spectators from foul balls. Iin 2006 100 dead and dangerous trees were pruned or removed. In 2011, the brook bed, wall, weir and dam were repaired. Fourteen trees were planted through the park and general maintenance and repair are kept in check.


With all of the major projects the GCPC set out to accomplish in 2001, the GCPC will now concentrate on maintaining the existing landscape, buildings and grounds. Additionally, the GCPC will work to incorporate more of the original landscape plans invisioned by the Frederick Law Olmsted Firm. Modifications will have to be made as many species chosen by Olmsted are not deer-resistant or are even now considered "invasive." Olmsted strove to create interest in his parks by introducting a variety of plants - shrubs, ornamental and hard-wood trees. It is the GCPC's goal to follow the original planting plan as a guide while adjusting it for the landscape challenges faced in the present.


The GCPC created events to bring the community in to the park and is interested in new ideas for future events. The GCPC offered a Halloween Parade, Arbor Day events, Playground Opening and May Fest. Our goal is to provide educational demonstrations and fun for the whole family. The GCPC supports two Essex County events as well – a summer concert in the park and the fishing derby every spring.


All of what the GCPC does is only possible through donations from volunteers and members. Future accomplishments depend on the interest of new volunteers.

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