Cedar Grove Gets Greener

The Essex County Park System, the first of its kind established in the country, is still growing strong 122 years later.
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The Essex County Park System, the first of its kind established in the country,
is still growing strong 122 years later, having recently added 77 acres
in Cedar Grove to its cache of 6,000 in the name of Robert J. O’Toole, the
township’s retired three-term mayor.

The new Essex County Cedar Grove Park, on the former site of the
Essex County Hospital Center on Fairview Avenue, is the county’s fourth
largest and features about two miles of walking paths, with historic lighting,
a gazebo and benches. On Fairview’s eastern side is a 15,000-square-foot
community center with a covered portico in front and covered patio in back.
Four bocce courts and a playground designed with a farming theme lie
adjacent to the center.

The land was the last remaining parcel of the hospital center complex
and was slated to be sold to a developer when, in 2008, county officials
decided to preserve it as open space.

The project was principally funded by a $5 million open space grant
through the state’s Green Acres program.

Categories: Morris/Essex Health & Life