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June 2 – Afterwork Tour & “Lady Bug Picnic” at the Highland Park Meadows
June 2, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The LRWP is hosting its first “Ladybug Picnic” – what we hope will become an annual event – in Highland Park’s Meadows on Thursday June 2. This is BYOP – or “Bring Your Own Picnic” – though we will have ice on hand and a dessert to share.
Join the LRWP and our co-sponsors for this inaugural event, the Highland Park Environmental Commission for an after work picnic and tour of the Highland Park Meadows, a very special place. We will gather as a group at The Meadows entrance at 6:30 pm (off the HP Department of Public Works parking lot at the end of South 5th Avenue), proceed to the “promontory” to drop off picnic supplies (someone will be on site to keep an eye on dinner 🙂 ) and then enjoy a tour of the property with members of the HPEC and Meadows crew as guides. We’ll gather back at the promontory for dinner and catch the 8:23 pm sunset.
Please check web site in case of inclement weather.
The Meadows is an 18 acre site in Highland Park along the Raritan River, just downstream from Donaldson Park. An 8-acre portion was used as a borough landfill from 1940 to 1977. A substantial part was left untouched after its closing and an amazing forest developed above and around the fill. Volunteers, under the guidance of the HP Environment Commission, have opened up access to the site for the community. There is a loop trail and community members have made plans to improve the biodiversity of the area by managing the invasive species and introducing natives species.
The site has two streams on it’s borders, a couple intermittent streams and a “natural” Riparian Forest Buffer along the river. It takes significant storm water runoff and there are at least 33 tree species with a significant American Elm population.
For more information about The Meadows see Craige Ambroch’s paper “Trees of the Highland Park Meadows”.