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Princeton, N.J.– Come learn what New York’s Central Park, the Highline and our own Mercer Meadows have in common when Park Planning Expert Tim Marshall, who was involved in all three projects, talks about “Living Parks” on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Learn how historical park planning has responded to today’s demands. Tim Marshall has been involved with public space management for 30 years and formerly served as the Deputy Administrator and Vice President for New York City’s Central Park Conservancy. RSVP at (609) 924-4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Central Park is a living park,” says Marshall. “It has responded to the changes and demands of the modern era, adding recreational facilities to the original idyllic landscape designed by ‘Father of American Landscape Architecture’ Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. It suffered from neglect and misuse and was revived under periods of reclamation.”
In the 1980s the Central Park Conservancy was formed to restore and protect the park. Over the years it raised private funds to complete numerous restoration projects, just as D&R Greenway, as a land trust, cares for its preserves. Today, visitors from around the world flock to Central Park to enjoy its features. According to the Conservancy’s website, “The Park’s restorations gradually fostered important social changes in public behavior that returned the sanctity of public space to Central Park… The American ideal of a great public park and its importance as a place to model and shape public behavior and enhance the quality of life for all its citizens once again defines the measurement of a great municipality.”
Marshall will highlight two new, very different parks—the Highline and Mercer Meadows located in Lawrenceville and Hopewell.
“When I talk about the number of acres preserved by D&R Greenway—more
than 20,000!—I often compare the size to more than 20 Central Parks, since
many people in our region have visited New York City’s Central Park,” says D&R
Greenway Land Trust President & CEO Linda Mead. “D&R Greenway has done
significant restoration work in Trenton’s Cadwalader Park—also designed by
Frederick Law Olmsted. The work we do to make our preserved lands
accessible to the public recognizes the important attributes that come
from connecting with nature, whether in an urban setting like Trenton or a
suburban New Jersey community.”
Principal of ETM ASSOCIATES, Marshall has been involved with public space issues for more 30 years. Formerly Deputy Administrator and Vice President for the Central Park Conservancy, Marshall was involved in the development of the Central Park Restoration and Management Plan, and was directly responsible for its on-going implementation as well as the day-to-day management of Central Park, one of the world’s most important public spaces.
“Successful public spaces are achieved with forethought and planning,” he says. “In addition to being physically attractive, parks need to be designed to suit the neighborhoods they serve. Parks that thrive and provide balance to the community are those that rise above the commonplace in the quality of design, facilities, maintenance and programs.”
Marshall was made a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2016.
D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 29TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship — caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity — D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 30 miles of trails open to the public.
The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.