Conservancy Projects


Please note that we've recently finalized our 2014 project list! Click through to see what we're going to be up to and how you can help make these improvements to our beloved park a reality in the coming year.


The Azalea Walk

Digital rendering of the Azalea Walk at springtime.

This noteworthy collection of Azaleas and Rhododendrons is located in the northwest corner of Brookdale Park along the stone wall between the Tennis Center and the Archery Range. Half of the shrubs are native species bringing fragrance along with their vibrant color display each spring.

The Azalea Walk was designed and developed by our co-Chairperson, Yuliya Bellinger. Plants and mulch were generously provided by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Soil amendments were purchased through the Conservancy's Annual Fund with labor was organized and provided by Montclair Boy Scout, Thomas Pool as part of his Eagle Scout Project. 

Status: Project completed in fall 2013.

Crabapple Grove Restoration

Digital rendering of Brookdale Park's restored Crabapple Grove at springtime with inset photo of existing conditions.

Most of Brookdale's ornamental flowering tree groves, an important element of the park's original Olmsted Brothers planting plan, have died off and this project is the first of many that will begin to restore the historic groves and provide the park with trees that offer multi-seasonal interest with their delicate flowers, colorful berries, fall leaf color and winter bark.

Sincere gratitude goes out to O'Boyle Landscaping of Bloomfield for co-sponsoring Phase II of this project.

Status: The third and final phase of the Crabapple Grove Restoration, planned for spring 2014, will be made possible by independent contributions to the Conservancy's Annual Fund.

Playground Courtyard Garden

In September 2009, we began our first project in partnership with Essex County by offering a proposed pathway and central garden layout for the playground courtyard area. In addition to the paving, the County graciously provided nine large shade trees and five double benches. The planting of initial shrubs and perennials, as well as handful of volunteer improvements to the area, were made possible through the  Home Depot Foundation’s Building Healthy Communities Grant.

Ongoing maintenance for the Playground Courtyard Garden is provided by Conservancy volunteers.

Status: Garden Improvement Plans are in development and slated for 2014.