Somerset County Park Foundation Celebrates 60 Years; Honors Freeholder Palmer of Bernardsville

The Living History Day 1770s Festival at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge is one of the annual public presentations at Somerset County parks. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Somerset Freeholder Deputy Director Peter Palmer (c) was honored at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Somerset County Park Commission. Credits: Courtesy of the Somerset County Park Commission
Lord Stirling Stable off South Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge is part of the Somerset County Park system, which receives support from the Somerset County Foundation. Credits: Courtesy of the Somerset County Park Commission
PEAPACK-GLADSTONE, NJ - The Somerset County Park Foundation recently celebrated the Park Commission’s 60th Anniversary at a brunch held at Ninety Acres restaurant at Natirar Park in Peapack-Gladstone, one of the county parks supported by the efforts of the 501 (c)(3) foundation.

The event included a special honor of congratulatory resolutions presented to Somerset County Deputy Freeholder Peter Palmer of Bernardsville, a freeholder since 1997, and the freeholder board's liasion to the Park Foundation.

Palmer was recognized for his support of the Park Commission; serving as a Trustee on the Foundation’s Board; his service as an elected member of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders for almost 20 years; and his dedication to the “creation and maintenance of a quality public open space and recreation program to be enjoyed by all residents of Somerset County." 

Palmer, who has served as freeholder board director and deputy director for multiple terms, was introduced by Park Foundation President John Kitchen (left in the photo), and Park Commission President Don DiFrancesco (right) at the celebration.
Palmer, a lifelong Bernardsville resident, also served as Bernardsville Borough Mayor, as a member of the Bernardsville Borough Council member, and as a member of the former Bernardsville Board of Education in the 1960s.
The Park Foundation was created to preserve, support, and promote the Somerset County Park Commission's facilities, programs and open space through advocacy and fundraising.

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