A brief progress update on cleaning up Hilltop demolition debris and other sanatorium leftovers
As reported back in July, the County's contractor demolished and filled the big cistern behind Well #9 on the west side of Fairview Avenue, demolished two old sanatorium outbuildings / structures, removed concrete posts and steel cable from the former kitchen parking lot, and started repairs on the old sanatorium wall that looks out over the small meadow.
Since then, the contractor has finished repairing the wall, removed the fence posts around the former tennis courts, demolished the stairs leading to the former doctor residence, demolished the old outdoor bathroom and nearby brick BBQs, and removed about 2/3 of the demolition debris piled up in the woods between the small meadow and the two green water tanks (from the former sanatorium garage). We are following up with the County to ensure that the remaining concrete and other debris (e.g., sidewalks to nowhere, fallen lampposts, partial structures, etc.) are removed and the sites re-covered to help the areas return to a natural state. It's slow work, but at least there's progress.
We have some good news!
Essex County is moving forward with implementing our Green Acres grant!
This includes what could be called an "upgrade" to the Reservation's western route, the one that starts at the end of Courter Lane in North Caldwell, and ends at the service road by the twin green water tanks (just north/downslope of the Highlands apartment complex).
If anyone is able to assist with the western route upgrade project, please contact me? I'm stretched pretty thin,
and I'm hoping some of you who use the western route will volunteer to help out.
Most of the helping will simply be making sure the contractor(s) do a good job on the route clearing and resurfacing
Fairview Avenue Park
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The former County Hospital site between Fairview and Grove Avenues
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Thank you for your past support of the Hilltop Reservation, and of the Conservancy. We were able to accomplish many good things last year, which we couldn't have done without you.
And the work continuesTo help us continue this great work, we need both your continued support and your membership dues. Over 90% of our funding for trail tools, native grass and wildflower seed, and other supplies comes from membership dues. Local residents and volunteers like yourselves provide the financial resources for us to conduct events and projects in the Hilltop, including: clean-ups, nature hikes, trail blazing, signage and wildlife habitat restoration.
Amounts for 2017 dues are:Single membership:$20
Please make your check payable to "Hilltop Conservancy" and mail it to :
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Your continued support is GREATLY appreciated and
will allow us to continue our all-volunteer efforts to enjoy, care for and improve the Hilltop Reservation.
The Hilltop Conservancy is a partner of the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the spread of new foreign invasive species in New Jersey. More information is at www.NJISST.org
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NOT hold regular general membership monthly meetings.
The work of the Conservancy continues and we will organize events as in past years.
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