From the Founders Park Conservancy:
Founders Park (aka dino park) is a hidden gem of South Orange, but thanks to a dedicated group of neighbors, this park has seen some great changes over the last year including a new mural that was a true community effort. The money for the mural was raised thanks to a fundraising event held last summer by Buy Rite of South Orange on Valley St. The Founders Park Conservancy then reached out to local artists about the project and One River School offered to design and create a community event for the cost of supplies. On September 7, members of our community ranging in age from 2 to 70 came and helped paint the mural that sits next to the playground equipment on South Orange Storage’s wall.
While working on the mural a group of young women stopped by to see if they could help — they happened to be art students from Seton Hall and they were thrilled to aid in beautifying the park and to meet members of the community.
Founders Park Conservancy has worked hard over the last year to improve the park, planting river birches in the back corner to help with pooling water during storms, planting milk weed so the park is full of butterflies for children to chase, and even planting herbs for the community to come pick. Recently, the conservancy was able to obtain shuffle board equipment from the South Orange Recreation Department, reactivating the back corner. The conservancy also produced the annual Theater in The Park event, a free day of theater for the community.
The conservancy is always looking for members and as a 501c3 couldn’t do all this work with our their generous donors Buy Rite of South Orange, One River Art School, Kitchen a la Mode, Sadie’s and South Orange Storage.
Find out more about the Founders Park Conservancy here: https://www.foundersparkconservancy.org/.