This Tuesday, three Bloomfield Girl Scout Troops (#20005, #20027 and #20448) volunteered along with friends and family to help prepare the historic rose garden for the upcoming peak bloom season. The energetic group helped beautify this popular historic park feature by contributing a total of more than 60 volunteer hours!
A big thanks goes out to the girls and parents of Glen Ridge Brownie Troop #20361 who worked with Conservancy volunteers in Brookdale Park on Friday, April 24 in celebration of Arbor Day.
We understand that local parents and caregivers are curious about what is going on at Brookdale Park's playground and while Essex County's plans aren't 100% finalized yet, there are a few questions that we can help answer...
Thanks goes out to the Conservancy volunteers and supporters that made this spring's clean-up yet another fun and productive event. We came back to the heart of Brookdale Park - the Overlook - for some much needed spring cleaning: mud shoveling, branch clean up and rock moving.
If you've ever wondered "How does my donation benefit the park?" just take a look at the above photo. Twelve large flowering trees were professionally planted throughout the park today by Bloomfield's O'Boyle Landscape as our final planting of 2014!
This year, 87% of Brookdale Park Conservancy's expenditures went into park plantings with the other 13% supporting educational programs and volunteer activities for the park community. 100% of administrative expenses were covered by our Board of Trustees.
You can help ensure more plantings like this in 2015 by donating online before December 31!
In case you haven’t heard yet, Essex County Brookdale Park will be getting a completely new playground in 2015. Brookdale Park Conservancy, working in partnership with Essex County, is sponsoring an online survey to get input from local parents and caregivers of playground-age children who use the playground.
Thank you! Supporters like you have helped make 2014 the most successful year-to-date for Brookdale Park Conservancy. A snapshot of our 2014 successes include:
- Inspired and led more than 200 volunteers to contribute 2,700 hours of stewardship
- Partnered with 16 local business, corporations and fellow non-profit organizations
- Provided 6 educational programs and 12 community volunteer activities
- Planted 100 new trees and shrubs
- Began restoration of 5 acres of wildlife habitat
- Developed and maintained 6 horticulturally noteworthy park features
- Surveyed over 1000 park visitors to better evaluate and address their park related interests and needs
BUT this year isn't over yet and the funds we raise on and before December 31, 2014 will determine the number and scope of our 2015 projects and programs. Please help continue this momentum in 2015 by giving generously before the end of the year.
We had an incredible time today in Brookdale Park with volunteers from Montclair Community Church! As part of their fundraising for World Vision International, the youth members fast for 30 hours while perform community services. For their service component this morning, they chose to help us out by adding protective mulch rings around dozens of Brookdale's young trees!!! Our volunteers are simply amazing.
Recently, some of our volunteers were lucky enough to be able to teach and work along side an amazing group of NJ veterans that made this park improvement a reality for all of us to enjoy year round.
The Azalea Walk is in bloom! Planted last fall, this new landscape feature is a combination of exotic beauties and delicate native azaleas and rhododendrons.
Thanks goes out to the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for purchasing all the plants on the Conservancy's wish list of Azalea varieties as well as Conservancy volunteers, Boy Scouts of Montclair, BMW Financial volunteers and numerous others for their help planting and maintaining this fantastic display of flowering shrubs for all park goers to enjoy!
Huge thanks to the St. Cassian 3rd Grade Brownie Troop 22911 for their help with weeding and mulching the Rose Garden just in time for peak bloom season! The girls really enjoyed helping, while having fun and finding some interesting bugs.
The Rose Garden volunteer group meets every Thursday at 9AM to keep the garden watered and weed free. New volunteers are encouraged to come out and learn about the garden while keeping it beautiful for the whole park community. Contact Rose Garden Director, Susan Jankolovitis (email@example.com) to find out more or just stop by next Tuesday morning!
We had an incredible day with volunteers from BMW Financial today! Ten native multi-stemmed Eastern Redbud trees were planted and the ENTIRE Azalea Walk was mulched. They were such a fun, energetic and productive group - we can't wait to have them back again this fall!
We had a wonderful time celebrating Arbor Day yesterday with Bloomfield's Daisy Troop 20448! The girls, their moms and siblings joined us to learn about the benefits of trees while planting four young Red Maple trees and three White Fringe trees near the playground.