Come and see what’s cooking at The Rock in West Orange

Come and see what’s cooking at The Rock in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A pollinator garden? An apiary? A soon-to-be orchard, learning space and more? Welcome to The Rock, located on Mt. Pleasant Avenue directly across from Summit Street and right past the West Orange Recycling Center. Not too many people know about The Rock, as it’s fondly called, but they should.  West Orange […]

Newark church becomes 100th organization to endorse greenway project

Newark church becomes 100th organization to endorse greenway project

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Open Space Institute, along with the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, have announced that St. Lucy’s Church of Newark has become the 100th agency, organization or corporation to endorse the Essex–Hudson Greenway Project. St. Lucy’s is Newark’s largest parish and home to the […]

Towns each receive $150K grant for park improvements

Towns each receive $150K grant for park improvements

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County has awarded $3.15 million in Local Aid grants to 21 municipalities in Essex County, with each town receiving $150,000. The funds came from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund and will be used to improve municipal playgrounds, recreation and athletic facilities, community swimming pools and parks […]

TC explores option to buy 12-acre property

TC explores option to buy 12-acre property

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council took an informal vote at its Oct. 7 meeting to ask the township administration to look into purchasing 12 acres of open space on Mt. Pleasant Avenue, moving forward the process to potentially own the land. The vote, which passed 4-1, allows Mayor Robert Parisi and […]

Council considers purchasing 12-acre wooded property

Council considers purchasing 12-acre wooded property

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council discussed purchasing the wooded property known as the Mt. Pleasant Forest at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24, after many area residents asked council members to preserve the undeveloped land. This took place after the Open Space Commission voted to recommend the township purchase the land. […]

Towns continue asking county for more zoo-expansion info

West Orange passes resolution similar to Maplewood’s, and South Orange trustees hear from deputy parks director on expansion

Towns continue asking county for more zoo-expansion info

WEST ORANGE / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The ongoing conflict between county residents and the administration of Essex County regarding a proposed amphitheater at the Turtle Back Zoo continued at two local council meetings last week. At the Sept. 10 West Orange Township Council meeting, a resolution was passed asking the county not to develop […]

Volunteers nurture trees for Earth Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents ventured to Mount Pleasant Avenue on Sunday, April 22, to check on the status of trees planted last year at the “Rock,” open land that is maintained by the township and residents. To celebrate Earth Day, members of the Open Space and Recreation Commission invited anyone with gardening tools to […]