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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Morris Park Alliance, PO Box 1295, Morristown, NJ 07962
parkalliance@morrisparks.net
973.631.5273


Current Project

 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. The equipment will be free to use and will benefit those seeking to increase their physical activity.


Golf Outing

The annual golf outing was held September 13 on a rainy Flanders Valley Golf Course. Teams made it through the full round with no delays. Congratulations to the winning foursome of Bill Schroeder, Greg Stewart, Chuck Aaron, and John Mooney! Income from the outing will be used toward Outdoor Fitness Equipment at Central Park of Morris County.


Community Awards

The Alliance is reactivating to the Community Awards program that was suspended in 2020 and 2021. Park and recreation departments within Morris County can nominate an exemplary program, facility, volunteer, supporter, or planning effort. A new category for COVID response is also included. Applications are due April 8, 2022. Applications will be available after January 1, 2022.


Note Cards are In!

 

 

 

 

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.

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 to Loantaka Brook Reservation - Morris Moves!  Get Outside and Ride!

The Morris Park Alliance is working with a new vendor (Koloni Inc.) to bring the bike share program back to 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. 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 Park Alliance supported the purchase of a new picnic shelter to replace the seasonal tent at Central Park of Morris County. The shelter is located next to the Jets Play 60 All Access Playground. Donations from individuals and businesses such as the Gannett Company, helped bring this much-needed amenity to the park. Turner Construction Company of Somerset is providing installation AT NO COST. It is expected to be completed by Fall 2021. A concrete floor will be added in 2022. The shleter can be reserved for birthdays, family or corporate picnics, and as a gathering place for a special event. Donations are still being accepted - use the DONATE button above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 All Access Playground

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. Staff is investigating a replacement for the wheelchair swing that has been removed from one of the swing bays due to safety concerns. To support the playground, use the Donate button on this page. A donation of $250 receives a commemorative balloon plaque placed on the fence.


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 and it is home to several critical habitats. Your support for the fabrication of the new exhibits would be greatly appreciated.


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
  • Child ID Program – The Park Police host Child ID events throughout the year, including at National Night Out, held at Mennen Arena in August

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
 


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
  • Joe Nazzaro, Treasurer
  • Stuart Lasser, Park Commission Liaison
  • Joan Barbarula
  • Francis P. Alai
  • Adrienne Bliss Brown
  • Patrick Lobdell
  • Dr. Bette Simmons
  • John Van Brunt
  • Greg Stewart
  • Deb Nexon
  • Ed Ramirez
  • Joe Basralian