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Letter To The Editor: Memorial Park Is In 'Poor Condition'

The Township Committee is being urged to 'properly maintain' the local park dedicated to veterans.

To the Editor:

I cannot believe the poor condition of Memorial Park.

The grass not cut no trimming, edging or weeding and the park benches not stained. The park looked terrible. This is an insult to the community and the veterans.

I have been involved in the Memorial Day Parade for many years and Memorial Park was always in excellent condition. We should remember that on Memorial Day in Memorial Park we honor the memory of those men and women who gave their lives for America in the cause of freedom, democracy and peace.

I hope in the future the Township Committee will see to it that Memorial Park will be properly maintained.

Frank A. D'Antonio

Cranford

07016 June 08, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Wow, I thought it looked great for the parade. Please, give the DPW workers a break, they're a great bunch of hard working people. doing a lot and the best they can. Many streets have huge holes, no money for that either. We support and remember our veterans beautifully every year. A lot of prep goes in to the parade and, setting up chairs, speakers, etc for the closing ceremonies. Perhaps you should address this with township administrator...make sure it's corrected for next year. Or, organize a community clean up day.
Lynda Feder June 16, 2012 at 03:25 PM
As a member of Green Thumb Garden Club, it was upsetting to read this comment. Each year Green Thumb GC provides, plants, and maintains the red white and blue flowers as well as the mums in the fall. We have been doing this for well over a decade. On a recent visit to the park, I found that the above comments are without basis in fact. The grass was cut and the flowers are growing nicely. Everyone should keep in mind that this park as with much of Cranford was underwater last fall. As you can imagine soil from the beds needed to be replaced before flowers could be planted this year. I'm sure other work was done to restore the park after the flood. I commend the work of Parks Director, Steve Robertazzi, the Cranford DPW and the Green Thumb Garden Club for their commitment to this important place. Lynda Feder, Green Thumb Garden Club
Monk June 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I wonder, what is the volumetric rate of water take up for a tree? I'm not for cutting down trees in a flood plain to make a park, but I doubt that trees are any defense against flooding, aside from erosion protection. It's not like trees are dry sponges waiting to sop up massive amounts of water, is it?
Lynda Feder June 20, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I don't think that Don knows much of the history of Hanson Park which by the way has nothing to do with the condition of Memorial Park. Recently six trees in relatively poor condition were indeed removed from Hanson Park to make way for a grass meadow that will replace the highly invasive japanese knotweed, All were either invasive species or damaged. Hardly a muddy mess. At least 150 native species trees were planted in Hanson Park since the inception of the Hanson Park Conservancy in 2005 as well as hundreds of native shrubs and perennials. Trees are continually donated and planted in Hanson Park, often in honor of Cranford residents. Many have enjoyed doing this as a way to honor friends and family members and to give back to the community. The only "extensive" natural growth that is removed is Japanese Knotweed. The creation of Hanson park has provided the community with an interesting place to gather for family reunions, weddings and other community events. Hardly a waste of time or energy for those who have donated their time and energy to this community effort. The Environmental Commissions suggestions are indeed sound and the Hanson Park Conservancy has done much emphasize that fact by planting native trees and shrubs and by conducting educational programs around the rain and butterfly gardens.
Steve June 21, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I miss that last significant vestige of wild growth in the center of town.

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