The Brookdale Park Conservancy focuses on park improvement projects intended to restore and enhance Brookdale Park's 1933 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
In 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 back of the tennis courts as well as the Olmsted Rock Garden & Overlook and Upland Woods.
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. Third and final planting phase completed in the fall of 2014.
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. Planting completed in fall of 2014.
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. Planting completed in summer of 2014.