As a result, The Open Space Commission conducted a series of open public meetings to garner input from the residents to discuss the potential uses including a community garden, art park, and a nursery. With the difficult ingress and egress to the site, the Commission decided to create eight various types of gardens including pollinator gardens and a reforestation plan.
A $1,500 ANJEC (Association of NJ Environmental Commissions) grant award from the West Orange Environmental Commission secured a landscape architect to design a conceptual plan, and with the help of the Nick Salese, Assistant Director of Public Works, John Linson, Township Forester, and Mike Brick, West Orange Environmental Commission Chair, Joe McCartney,Open Space Chairman, implementation of the landscaping plan has begun.
McCartney is waiting to hear back from Sustainable Jersey regarding a $20,000 grant application.
The April 22 event is open to all members of the West Orange community. Several hundred seedlings received from the New Jersey Tree Foundation will be planted. Volunteers will need to bring shovels.
To sign-up or get more information contact Joe McCartney, Open Space Commission Chair, at JosephPMc53@gmail.com.