The Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy was formed in 2001 with the goal to assist the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs maintain, restore and enhance this beautiful park nestled on the border of Essex Fells and Caldwell. The Conservancy serves as the park’s advocate; members stroll through the park daily keeping the Park System apprised of maintenance and safety needs.

The Conservancy fundraises to augment the county’s budget so that needed improvements can be made in a timely fashion.

The partnership between the Conservancy and Essex County Park System is supported and encouraged by Essex County Executive, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Essex County Park System. The Conservancy and county work well together identifying and addressing safety, maintenance and enhancement concerns.


Mission Statement

Dedicated to the maintenance, restoration and enhancement of the Grover Cleveland Park.

President, Lisa Garrity '16*
V. Pres., Susan Zayas '18
Treasurer, Loren Betros '18
Secretary, Caroline Mescia '17

Paul Boeckel '16

Claudia Kolster '16

Warren Marchioni '17
Diane Mensinger '18

Sharon Morrissey '17


*year term expires


The term for trustee is 3 years. Three positions are available annually at the Annual Meeting on the third Thursday of February. Nominations for trustee are welcomed and accepted up to the date of the Annual Meeting. Officer terms are for 1 year.


Advisory Board

Wendy Callaghan

Janet Calvert

Kathleen Carrara

Douglas Morrison

Suzy von Lengerke


The Advisory Board meets as needed to help identify priorities, projects and future Trustees and volunteers. Please contact GCPC if you are interested in serving on this board



National Association of Olmsted Parks

Center for Non-Profit Corporations

Native Plant Society of New Jersey