The Brookdale Park Conservancy focuses on park improvement projects intended to restore and enhance Brookdale Park's Olmsted Brothers' Master Plan while keeping our modern-day park community’s needs and long term sustainability in mind.
Professionally trained and highly skilled Conservancy volunteers lend their landscape, construction and project management expertise to help develop an ambitious yet feasible roadmap for park improvements each year.
Wildlife Habitat Enhancement
Starting the fall of 2014, Brookdale Park Conservancy began its first planting project focused specifically on enhancing the park's natural habitat by offering much needed sustainable sources of food and shelter for our local birds and wildlife. New plantings are currently being added to targeted areas of the park that include primarily native plant species and aim to increase the biodiversity of the park's landscape overall. Focus areas now include the Watchung Entrance Tree Alley, Northern Birding Corridor along the east side of the tennis courts, the northeast corner at Bellevue Avenue as well as the Olmsted Rock Garden & Overlook and Upland Woods.
Olmsted Rock Garden & Overlook
Restoration of this woodland inspired specimen garden from Brookdale Park’s Olmsted Brothers master plan will bring back a long lost wow factor at the center of the park. Overgrown invasive plant species are being systematically removed and original plantings intended for the area are being brought back with general donations from Conservancy supporters and grant funding from Investor's Bank.
Currently in danger of becoming overrun with noxious and prolific invasive plant species including Norway Maple and Japanese Angelica Tree, Brookdale Park’s unique 10 acre wooded area is in need of restoration. Research phase is underway.
Recently completed Projects
The restoration of this flowering tree grove from Brookdale Park's original Olmsted planting plan offers casual and active park goers four seasons of interest with white, soft pink and deep pink flowers budding out in the spring, summer fruit that persists into winter and golden fall leaf color.
This new native understory grove will introduce the beautiful and hearty ornamental Redbud species to Brookdale Park and bring with it a stunning, colorful flower display early each spring. Multi-stemmed trees nestle into an existing shade tree canopy of Beech trees on the west side of East Circuit Drive with “cast off” trees complimenting the main grove from east side of the street.
The Cherry Lawn
A breathtaking feature of Brookdale Park’s Olmsted Brothers designed master plan, the lawn area south of the modern day dog park was once edged with nearly two dozen flowering cherry trees. The few remaining cherry trees, far past their prime, were joined by a dozen new sizable cherry trees planted in an arrangement reminiscent of the original planting plan.