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‘Flagpole Hill’ Gets a Reboot From Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy

From the Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy:

Flagpole Hill Phase 1 ribbon-cutting on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, attended by Maplewood Township Committee members Victor De Luca (Mayor), Nancy Adams, and Dean Dafis, and members of the Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy.

The Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy and the Township of Maplewood held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, November 17  to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Flagpole Hill border restoration, the Conservancy’s 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, designed by the prestigious Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm. The current design was developed by Jennifer C. Ryan, Rutgers Landscape Architecture graduate intern, with the goal of creating a plan, appropriate to twenty-first century uses and climate, that remains true to the picturesque Olmsted vision. 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.

Maplewood Memorial Park Flagpole Hill

Flagpole Hill is generously funded by the Maplewood Open Space Trust Fund. It has been over 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 3 additional phases are planned for 2019.

The Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy is a 501©3 nonprofit corporation working in partnership with the Township of Maplewood to preserve, care for, and improve our historic Memorial Park. The Conservancy manages a summer internship program that includes hands-on maintenance and restoration design, conducts volunteer clean-ups, assists the Township in shade tree maintenance and a tree replacement program, and manages a Memorial Trees program, among other initiatives.

Memorial Park was designed in the 1920s by the firms of the Olmsted Brothers and Brinley & Holbrook, and managed for much of the twentieth-century by noted horticulturalist Richard Walters. It is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places and was designated one of New Jersey’s Great Public Places by the American Planning Association.

Maplewood Memorial Park Flagpole Hill Restoration

For more information on the Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Read the News-Record’s coverage of the event here. 

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