At the recent Summit Common Council meeting, Anton Evers of the Briant Park Olmsted Conservancy (BPOC), took to the podium during public comments to tell the council that Briant Park had just received a grant and other monies totaling around $5,000 towards a move to get the park on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Council President Rich Madden thanked Evers for the work his group and the non-profit Summit Garden Club had done in lobbying officials in Trenton.
From Springfield to Summit and beyond, the 51-acre park is a local treasure in the Union County Parks system. Currently, the park is getting ready for further improvements and is part of a planned $6.8-million beautification, restoration project. According to NJConservationExchange.org:
Dredging of the pond will occur between 2012 and 2013. Subsequent restoration projects in the park will be conducted in 7 phases over the course of five years. The BPOC received a $275,000 grant from Green Acres to help offset the cost of the dredging of the pond.
We all know Briant Park is a staple of Summit. If you don't jog around the 1-mile loop for an intense workout, then maybe you push a stroller for a light walk in some fresh air with the baby. Many a romantic strolls have taken place there in the early evening. Oh, and nevermind the geese, you don't bother them, they won't bother you.