Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy begins restoration

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy, in partnership with the township of Maplewood, has completed Phase 1 of the Flagpole Hill border restoration, its first major landscape project in Memorial Park.

Flagpole Hill is an adaptation of an original 1923 plan for the border of the park along Dunnell Road across from the train station, designed by the prestigious Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm. The current design was developed by Jennifer C. Ryan, a graduate intern in the Rutgers landscape architecture program, with the goal of creating a plan that remains true to the Olmsted vision while being appropriate to 21st-century uses and climate. Beautifully planted beds of shrubs, trees and ground cover allow views and circulation into the park and clarify entrances while providing shield from the roadway. Seasonal beauty, interest to wildlife and adaptability to the site also guided the design.

Flagpole Hill, funded by the Maplewood Open Space Trust Fund, has been more than a year in planning and approvals, and has received the enthusiastic support of the township and approval by the Historic Preservation Commission and the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. Phase 1 is a pilot project, and three additional phases are planned for 2019.

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Photos Courtesy of Deborah Lyons