The American Planning Association (APA) has named Branch Brook Park in Newark NJ to its 2013 list of the top-ten Great Public Spaces in America.
This 360-acre crown jewel of the Essex County Park System was conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvin Vaux and is widely considered a masterpiece of landscape artistry. It became the first county park in the Nation and currently serves well over a million visitors per year.
Branch Brook Park was singled out by APA for its timeless design, planning that honors its rich history, tenacious community support, and diverse use.
Over the past ten years, Branch Brook Park was revitalized through a $50-million restoration thanks to an amazing public-private partnership between the County of Essex and the Branch Brook Park Alliance.
Paul Cowie and Associates is honored to have assisted the partnership and its design team in developing a cultural landscape report, implementing numerous restoration projects, and organizing a volunteer-based legacy maintenance program for the Park’s horticultural assets.