SAD TO SEE "RUN JUMP LIFT" GO - the fitness training facility run by Coach Malcolm Chisholm was a wonderful neighbor to Farrell Field Park, and we are sad to see them go. Over the past three years Malcolm, his trainers and his members have been a welcome addition to the Park and neighborhood - we enjoyed seeing them working out, running from RJL to the Park and back, and we never had one issue with them. We wish you and your clients the best, Malcolm!
NEW TENANT FOR THE 298 WALTON BUILDING - Yes, a new tenant is moving into the building. And it's someone we all know: South Orange Village! The Village plans to use the building as temporary office space for their Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, as well as the Parking Authority, while the Baird is being renovated. So ... Welcome to the neighborhood!!
IMPORTANT COMMITTEES CONTINUE THEIR WORK - Committees have been formed within FFPC to deal with current issues that affect the park and surrounding area. Their work is summarized below. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for one or more of these committees:
Building Re-Use Committee - this committee works with the Village to ensure that 298 Walton is used for purposes that fit with the surrounding park and neighborhood. As noted above, the Village is moving their own parks and rec offices into the building temporarily, and we are happy to say that, once their tenancy is concluded, the Trustees and Village President have committed to keeping the use of the building park and neighborhood friendly.
Village Water Plan Liaison Committee - this committee has worked over the past four years with Village administration and New Jersey American Water as their agreement and plan to bring new water to South Orange was implemented. The roadwork that took place adjacent to the park and in the surrounding neighborhood was completed without mishap, and the construction of a Pumping Station on the DPW Driveway across from 298 Walton was completed. On January 1, 2017, South Orange Village had a new water provider, and we were proud to help do our part. NJAW has been a great neighbor so far and most recently, they upgraded the landscaping around the pumping station at our request, adding evergreens that will provide a buffer year round, and also adjusting their lighting design to accommodate nearby neighbors.
Trail and Bike Path Committee - This committee is dedicated to the studying and implementong trails and bike paths in the woods connecting Farrell Field Park to the River Greenway hike/bike trails and new bridge with direct routes to downtown South Orange and the high school in Maplewood. We plan to organize trail building teams, so if you are interested in joining in, please email us!
Traffic Calming and Safety Committee - THE BUMP-OUTS ARE A SUCCESS! The traffic calming measures that we had been seeking on Walton Avenue since 2010, including "bump-outs" to protect pedestrians crossing to the park at Lenox and Audley were installed in Spring 2018, and we have seen the positive results since then. The safety for pedestrians, especially during T-Ball games, and high-use periods, has been drastically increased. On another front, a 4-way stop has been installed one block from the park at the corner of Ridgewood and Lenox, a site of many accidents over the years. Our committee worked with the Village and the South Orange Transportation Advisory Committee to get this done, and it, also, has been a huge success, improving safety at that corner by sharply reducing accidents.
Landscape Design Committee - This committee is hard at work coming up with ideas for new landscaping at the park. Our most recent plan is to conduct a DONATE A TREE and DONATE A BENCH campaign that will create a park that welcomes all to come and visit. We have a preliminary design, which includes eliminating the chain link fence and replacing it with a post and rail fence, creating a natural, welcoming entrance to the park at Walton and Lenox, where the new traffic calming crosswalk steers pedestrians into the park. We have been assisted by Barbara Bour of the South Orange Environmental Commission, and are working the Village's Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee to get this done. If you are interested in having input, please send us an email.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CONTINUES! - Visit the Become a Member page to sign up to become a VOTING MEMBER or NON-VOTING MEMBER. If you want to have a vote in the FFPC decisions that are important to our park, neighborhood and town, make sure you pay your dues to become an official voting member! Memberships dues are $25 annually, which will give you the right to vote for the Governing Board and important issues that affect the park, neighborhood and village. The more members we have, the better the opportunity for improving the quality of life in our community. Whatever you choose, let's work together to make our park and town better!
OUR FACEBOOK PAGE COULD USE SOME LIKES! After you check out this wonderful new website, don't forget to put our Farrell Field Conservancy Facebook Page on your radar and keep us in your social loop!
We have many missions, but our overriding goal is to work cooperatively with the Township of South Orange Village to help restore, renew, and assist in the maintenance and development of Farrell Field Park for the enjoyment of township residents and its many visitors. The goal is to protect open space, raise public awareness and support the rehabilitation of the park as well as improvements to the park. Select Mission to read our "official" mission statement.
We have so many projects it's hard to keep track. Check out our Projects page to see what's on the agenda, and feel free to help out. Here are a few of the things we are doing:
New Playground Equipment.
Protect Our Trees Project.
Traffic Safety and Walton Avenue Improvements.
Historical Preservation Project.
Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. The $25 yearly dues help us manage basic necessities. Volunteering time is a wonderful way to make your dues have an effect. We are always looking for people who have a special skill or profession and would like to lend a hand. Kids are welcome! As a Farrell Field Park Conservancy Member you will be able to vote for the Governing Board among other things. For more info on what being an FFPC Member includes, please go to our Membership page.
The best way to donate is to become a member. However, if you prefer not to become a member, but want to support our efforts to actively engage in open space conservation of the woods and wetlands as we preserve and enhance our park we of course welcome any gifts. To donate $25, please go to our Donation page.