Nearly 300 Montclair residents came out to six Township parks across all four wards for the inaugural Montclair Parks Appreciation Weekend. Residents collected nearly 250 bags of green debris and trash, and planted over 1,000 bulbs generously donated by May in Montclair.
The weather was perfect for the celebratory weekend and volunteers, from age 3 to 70 years old, all socially distanced and masked, came out to beautify Canterbury, Erie, Porter, Rand, Tuers and Yantacaw Brook Parks. The dedicated Friends of Edgemont and Crane Parks also held previously scheduled planting events the prior weekend.
Alliah Livingstone & Tonja Isola, co-chairs of Montclair Parks Appreciation Weekend, were especially impressed by the strong representation from students across the Montclair Public Schools, who came out by the dozens to support this effort.
Councilors Peter Yacobellis and Lori Price Abrams also participated in the weekend events, which were led by leadership from Friends of Canterbury Park, Friends of Tuers Park, Friends of Porter Park, Montclair Mutual Aid, Montclair High School Skateboard Club, Northeast Earth Coalition, Yantacaw Brook Park Conservancy, with additional support from the Montclair Departments of Community Services and Recreation and Cultural Affairs.
Livingstone and Isola look forward to repeating and scaling this initiative in the spring.