Flat Rock Receives Funds to Improve Park Entrances
We are pleased to announce that we have received $21,500 in support towards the renovation of the preserve’s five public entrances. Donors include $10,000 from the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund, $7,500 from the New Jersey Committee of the Garden Club of America (with special support from the Garden Club of Englewood), $2,500 from Phil Ball and the Ball Team at Merrill Lynch and $1,500 from Bergen County Audubon Society.
With the funding, Flat Rock Brook proposes to restore the five public entrances to Flat Rock Brook Nature Center’s preserve to improve visitor’s accessibility and enjoyment of our facility. The design for the space was developed by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, and the concept involves the removal of invasive plant species, replanting with thousands of native plants, and appropriate signage and accessibility improvements to improve the overall experience of visitors to Flat Rock. The funds will also address a need of the Nature Center to be able to secure all public entrances with appropriate gates to allow Nature Center staff the ability to close the park in certain circumstances such as storm events, police activity or other emergency situations.
The project has already commenced with our volunteer Gardening Committee removing invasive species at the entrances, and our Land Manager Ryan Hasko preparing native plant orders with an initial planting scheduled for this fall. Our Communications Committee is also meeting to develop strategies to improve our signage near the entrances, and we expect the entire project will be complete by fall 2017.
Flat Rock’s Executive Director Steve Wiessner receiving the $7,500 check from Rose Mahoney, President of the Garden Club of Englewood