Branch Brook Park to Hold Community Forum – Thurs, Feb 19

UPDATE: this meeting has been cancelled. Sorry for the late notice.

The Branch Brook Park Alliance will be hosting a public forum Thursday at 7pm to discuss development efforts in the city’s greatest park. See details after the jump.

“We are excited to share with the community news of the capital improvements made to the park and demonstrate how these improvements have increased the park’s usage and activity,” said Ms. Coleman. “The park belongs to all of us, so we want to keep our neighbors informed of what we have done, what we have planned, and how they can help preserve this community treasure.”

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Mary B Photography: Branch Brook Park, Newark

Mary B Photography: Branch Brook Park, Newark
Some great photos of Branch Brook Park by photographer Mary B.

Recently I was out scouting a location for a photo shoot in Newark. I was set to shoot a family in Branch Brook Park the next day, so I needed to find a good location. I had not spent much time in the park previously or taken a tour of it.

My only time spent in Branch Park had been limited to Cherry Blossom season in April when I take my camera out to capture the amazing blossoms on the cherry trees. So, I hopped in my car to drive the length of the park in search of the perfect location for a Sunday afternoon shoot.

Tomorrow: Farmer’s Market at Branch Brook Park

Tomorrow: Farmer’s Market at Branch Brook Park


Saturdays, June 28 – September 278:00am – 1:00pm                
Middle Division ComplexA 14-week Farmers’ & Community Market brings fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, plants and locally produced goods directly to the consumer. The market also offers free wellness information with a focus on fitness and nutrition. Through positive activities, the unique Civic Square component will foster community by lowering the socio-cultural barriers that separate the diverse neighborhoods bordering the Park.

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Tonight: Movies Under the Stars

Yvonne: Where were you last night?
Rick: That’s so long ago, I don’t remember.
Yvonne: Will I see you tonight?
Rick: I never make plans that far ahead.

Got plans for tonight? Love classic movies? You might want to check out Casablanca at Movies Under the Stars, the Branch Brook Park open-air movie viewing. Head up to the Meadow, north of the Ballantine Gates at 7:30 PM for face painting, a DJ, and Karaoke. Bring blankets/chairs/something comfortable to sit on!

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Star Ledger: $1 Million Donated for Park Repairs

$1 Million Donated for Park Repairs

Arthur F. Ryan, former CEO of Prudential Financial Inc., and his wife, Patricia Ryan, co-chairwoman of the Branch Brook Park Alliance, made a personal gift of $1 million to the alliance for improvements at the Essex County park. The grant was announced yesterday and will be used for continued renovations to the 359-acre park, located in Newark and Belleville.

The gift drew praise from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, who said $25 million has been poured into improving the park over the last six years. He added, “Art is a very generous person … and what he has done for Newark as a whole has been unbelievable.”

Some of the items the money may be used for include finishing the design for incoming cherry blossom trees that are to be planted in the park; creating an arbor walkway, and designing and paving a crescent area near the Park Avenue Bridge to improve foot and car traffic. In addition, Coleman said there are plans to create a paved walkway that would lead people to the recently renovated Octagon.

Flickr Friday: Cherry Blossoms

Today’s gorgeous Flickr Friday photo comes from Flickr user drp, a graphic designer from Belleville, New Jersey — just north of the city. This photo was taken in Newark’s own Branch Brook Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (who also designed New York’s Central Park). The park’s cherry trees rival Washington D.C. in variety and beauty.

Cherry Blossoms

More information about Branch Brook Park can be found on its Wikipedia page and the Branch Brook Park Alliance site. You can also view 9 other photos of the park in drp’s A Walk Through Cherry Blossom Land set on Flickr.