MORRISTOWN, NJ - Kleitman Woods at Hillcrest was officially welcomed to the neighborhood on Saturday May 4. Morristown Mayor Tim Doughterty and the Morristown Environmental Commission held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in honor of Milton and Bertha Kleitman.
Milton and Bertha Kleitman had lived on the lot, but after both passed away the house was vacant and in disarray. Their Kleitman’s family had no interest in occupying the house so several residents came before the Environmental Commission to request that the property be preserved. The Town Council, the mayor, and the business administrator worked to achieve the Green Acres Funding. With the Green Acres Funding, the town was able to purchase the land from the Kleitman family.
The view from the lot as well as the variety of species of trees was always a favorite spot for the residents of the neighborhood.
Rachel Feldman, resident and advocate for the park explained, “Mayor Dougherty continuously looks for properties that are distressed to possibly turn them into pocket parks for neighborhoods.”
Maureen Denman, Chairwoman of the Morristown Environmental Commission, has worked on this park project for 7 years.
“Several design ideas were presented but we wanted the neighborhood to have input on what the park was going to be about", she said. “This is the first new park in town in 15 years.”
It may have taken years to create but the residents will enjoy the beautiful park for years to come.