Morris Park Alliance

The Morris Park Alliance provides vital support to the Morris County park system ensuring residents have continued access to green open spaces, enrichment programs, and educational resources that foster personal and community wellness, environmental sustainability, and economic growth.

Support the Morris Park Alliance

Support the Morris Park Alliance – donations are always welcome and help us support the beautiful Morris County Park System! Click the donate button below to make a PayPal or Credit Card donation. Thank you!

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Please consider investing in the Morris County Park System with us. Let’s make good on the promise to preserve parks and the experiences they make possible. Donating is easy online or mailing a check. Thank you for your consideration and enjoy the parks!

What Do the Parks Mean to You?

Perhaps you like golf? Walking or hiking? Soccer? Building memories picnicking with family and friends? Visiting the beautiful gardens? Taking the kids swimming or sledding? Enjoying a class or special event? Whatever your favorite activity, you understand the benefits of these outings. The Morris Park Alliance shares that understanding and that is why we support the Park Commission in providing parks, open space, conservation, education, and recreation.

During the recent pandemic and the subsequent stressful times, county parks have been a saving grace. As the non-profit organization enhancing the Morris County park system, we know that preserving parks for future generations is a critical task. It is a perpetual mission; providing services today and ensuring that parks endure for those who come after us. A report of recent activities can be found by clicking here. Your generous support of projects of the Morris Park Alliance has resulted in enhancements to programs and facilities. For example, the construction of the inclusive Jets Play 60 All Access Playground would not have been possible without many donors at all levels. Providing a place for children of all abilities to play together means so much to so many.

Board of Directors

The Alliance is led by a group of dedicated volunteers who meet on a monthly basis. Each board member personally supports the projects of the Alliance with annual donations. The current members of the board are:

  • John Van Brunt, President
  • Stephanie Brumby, Vice President
  • Marlene Caprio, Secretary
  • Dr. Joseph Nazzaro, Treasurer
  • Stuart Lasser, Park Commission Liaison
  • Matthew Tal, Park Commission Alternate Liaison
  • Francis P. Alai
  • Phil Sheehy
  • Patrick Lobdell
  • Dr. Bette Simmons
  • John Van Brunt
  • Greg Stewart
  • Deb Nexon
  • Mark Stevens
  • Jane Kurek
  • AnnaMarie Mock
  • Michael Killen
  • Claudia Esker

Community Awards

Congratulations to the 2022 Community Award Winners:

  • Sara Webb, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Mendham Borough Summer Camp, Outstanding Program, population under 18,000
  • Mt. Olive 150th Anniversary, Outstanding Program, population over 18,000
  • Randolph Township Veterans’ Community Park, Outstanding Facility
  • Morristown Scavenger Hunt and Senior Holiday Party, COVID19 Special Award
  • Friends of Foote’s Pond Wood, Environmental Award

Current Projects

Fitness Equipment at Central Park of Morris County

The Park Alliance’s latest project is Outdoor Fitness Equipment to be placed at Central Park of Morris County. The seven-unit cluster will include several pieces of equipment that will be usable by persons in wheelchairs. These units are being supported by a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The equipment will be free to use and will benefit those seeking to increase their physical activity.

Spring Forward 5K

The Second Annual Spring Forward 5K was held on April 16th. One hundred and seventy-five people ran and walked on a clear spring day at Central Park of Morris County. Winners were Jack Tedesco (20.14) and Aubrey Johnson (21.26). Thanks to our sponsors: Fleet Feet Morristown, Cycle Craft, Dr. James O’Rourke, Mexican Spice Restaurant, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Atlantic Health System – Morristown Medical Center, Smart Choice Painting, Benjamin F Edwards LLC, Park Commissioner Julie Baron, and Shop Rite of Greater Morristown.

Golf Outing

The annual golf outing was held at Flanders Valley Golf Course on September 21st. Winners were the team from FCL with a score 11 under par! The outing raises funds for Park Alliance projects and is held in the fall each year.

Note Cards

Support the Park Alliance with the purchase of beautiful note cards highlighting elements of watercolors by Martha Brooks Hutcheson. Ms. Hutcheson was one of the first female landscape architects and lived at the Merchiston Farm in Chester. The farm is now Bamboo Brook, a Facility of the Morris County Park Commission.The newest notecards feature elements of paintings by Matilda Frelinghuysen, donor of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Her paintings are reminiscent of folk art style. Each card is 5 x 7 inches and comes with an envelope in a protective cellophane bag. Cards are $4.00 each or choose 3 for $10.00. Shipping costs will be provided with order confirmation. To order contact dlanza@morrisparks.net, or 973.326.7615

Park Alliance Brings Bike Share Back to Loantaka Brook Reservation

The Morris Park Alliance is working with a new vendor (Koloni Inc.) to [bring the bike share program back to] offer bicycles at Loantaka Brook Reservation after the previous vendor went out of business. The Alliance is pleased to offer Atlantic Health/Morristown Medical Center, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, and Delta Dental continued promotional opportunities as sponsors of the previous contract. Fourteen bikes are located at three stations – South Street, Kitchell Road, and Loantaka Way. Users access the bikes via the Koloni mobile app. The program is designed to offer convenience and value to park visitors. Bikes are available spring through fall. A portion of the user fee will be returned to the Alliance and used for trail maintenance at the park. We look forward to many enjoyable rides!

Picnic Shelter at Central Park of Morris County

The new picnic shelter at Central Park of Morris County is complete! Donated by the Alliance, the shelter is located next to the Jets Play 60 All Access Playground. It can reserved for parties, picnics, and special events. Installation was donated by Turner Construction Company of Somerset, and donations were received from the Gannett Company and generous individuals. New tables were also added by the Park Commission. A concrete floor is planned to be installed in [2022] 2023. At the ribbon cutting were (L to R) Board members Greg Stewart and Joe Nazzaro, Board President John Van Brunt, Turner Assistant Superintendent Raissa Dias, Turner VP and General Manager Larry Boresen, Jr., and Board member Ed Ramirez.

The Don Palmer Memorial Internship Program

Langdon “Don” Palmer was a Park Commissioner and a leader in land conservation in Morris County. Don was at the forefront of establishing the Morris County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Fund. He also served as Chairman of The Nature Conservancy and President of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. He was a leader of The Trust for Public Land, Morris Land Conservancy, Washington Township Land Trust, and the Morris County Agricultural Development Board. Upon his passing, Don’s friends established the Don Palmer Memorial Internship Fund in 2000. Since then grants of $2500 have been provided for two internships to non-profit or government agencies for projects related to conservation, open space, and natural resource protection. Click here to download the PDF application.A final report of the intern’s activities is due by December 31. For more information, contact the Park Alliance office at 973.631.5273.

Jets Play 60 Al Access Playgroud

The Jets Play 60 All Access Playground is one of the most popular places in the park system! The playground was designed with the idea that all children should be able to play together. It is unlike any other playground in the area, and has become a regional attraction in a very short time. To support the playground, use the Donate button on this page. A donation of $250 receives a commemorative balloon plaque placed on the fence. The playground received the Ruth Hughes Innovative Accessible Recreation Facility Award from the NJ Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center Exhibits

Many of the exhibits at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township were kindly created by volunteers when the Center opened – 50 years ago! An effort is underway to create new exhibits that bring the animals and plants of the swamp, and the importance of this ecosystem, to children and adults as they visit the Center. The Center is a buffer between man and nature andit is home to several critical habitats. Your support for the fabrication of the new exhibits would be greatly appreciated.

Holiday House Celebrations

In December 2022, the Alliance hosted a fundraiser at the recently renovated mansion at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. It was held in coordination with the opening of the Festival of Trees, and included horse and carriage rides, entertainment by the Morris Music Men, a wine raffle, and great food and drink. The event will again be planned in 2023.

Other Donation Opportunities

  • Stars Plaza at Mennen Arena – recognize and honor a family member, team, hockey player, skater, coach, etc. with a commemorative brick on the entrance plaza.
  • Dog Parks – support is provided for supplies and equipment at both Lewis Morris Park and Central Park of Morris County.

If you are interested in supporting one of these projects, or another program or facility of the Park Commission, please contact the Morris Park Alliance by phone at 973.631.5273 or info@parkalliance.net.