SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Academy Heights Neighborhood Association (AHNA) organized a cleanup of Memorial Park on Valley Street in South Orange, last Sunday, June 12.

The group removed weeds, litter, and debris from the park, and created a garden on the property in an effort to restore the natural beauty of the park, and preserve the historic charm of the neighborhood.

The clean-up was possible due to help from the South Orange Department of Public Works, support from the Village of South Orange, and donations from local business such as La Vera Restaurant, Monty Motors, Animal Kingdom South, Anthony's Landscaping, and several local residents, which made it possible for the group to plant a perennial flower garden and ornamental grasses for the public to enjoy.

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Future efforts are being planned in and around the Academy Heights neighborhood, with "the hopes of unifying residents and continuing the beautification of the area," according to AHNA organizers.

About Academy Heights Neighborhood Association (AHNA)
Established in 2015 by local residents, the mission of the AHNA is to preserve the integrity and serenity of South Orange. With more than 100 members and growing, the AHNA brings together neighbors and friends to build relationships and ultimately strengthen a community. For more information on the AHNA, visit