In 1910, the land for the park was given by Montclair to the Essex County park system for design by the Olmsted brothers, famed landscapers. www.https://www.montclairlocal.news/2021/01/27/glenfield-park-conservancy/
According to a technician for PSE&G I spoke to on site, the current street lights in the glen are mercury vaper lights that require replacement. In the U.S., ballasts for mercury vapor lamps have been banned since Jan. 1, 2008 — no new fixtures can be sold.
Joseph McQueen, a regional public affairs manager at PSE&G, has assured me the lights will be replaced once the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs clears the overgrown pathways in the glen so that technicians can perform the maintenance.
Tuesday, Aug. 3 is designated nationwide as “National Night Out,” when police and members of the community come together to advocate against crime in neighborhoods across the U.S. Studies have shown that street lights in public parks reduce crime. Glenfield Park Conservancy supports the efforts of police in keeping our community safe from crime and asks the public to support this effort by requesting that the Essex County Board of Commissioners require that the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs clears the pathways in the Glen so the lights can be turned back on.
Reponses have been received by Essex County Commissioners on August 19th, and also from NJ Transit.
Essex County Response:
The Essex County Parks Department completed an on site inspection of Glenfield Park and has reached out to an outside tree vendor for the estimated cost on tree cleanup. Once that is complete, we will develop an action plan -- both short term and long term -- to address concerns.
NJ Transit Response:
Our Rail division investigated your concerns; they’ve advised that there is no safety hazard regarding any possibility of derailment or erosion that would affect the integrity of our tracks. There is a conduit box in that location which is secure, and the rail road ties integrity is also secure.
With regard to your request for fencing or a barrier; our Real Estate Division advised that this is not within our jurisdiction, this is property owned by Essex County
It’s an issue the group’s members say is just one of many problems caused by years of neglect at the Essex County-owned park. And they say PSE&G is unable to replace the lights until pathways are cleared of Japanese Knotweed that has taken over more than an acre of the Glen, as well as large fallen trees and other obstructions.
“Why can’t park maintenance be performed?” Robert Crook, president of the conservancy, asked Essex County Commissioners at their meeting on Aug. 4. “Why has this park been so neglected? We are not asking for special treatment but to be treated fairly, just like any other Essex County Park.”
- Dog Park
- Outdoor Theatre Venue
- Outdoor Yoga /Taekwondo Space
- Enhancements to the Wally Choice Center
- Remediate Glen of all invasive plants and replant with native and ecofriendly species
- Make entrances and egresses of Park more welcoming with new plantings