SUMMIT, NJ - The Department of Environmental Protection / 'Green Acres Program' has awarded a $250,000 matching grant to Reeves-Reed Arboretum, funds which will enable the Arboretum to complete its multi-phase Accessibility Project. The 'Green Acres Program' is committed to preserving New Jersey’s rich, natural, historic and cultural heritage while taking into account and meeting the diverse needs of the people of the state.

The afore-mentioned project includes:

  • A safe and accessible welcome / drop off area
  • An outdoor classroom.
  • A series of tiered and accessible sensory gardens.
  • A water feature; accessible pathways and ramps utilizing recyclable, porous materials.
  • Education “stops” with informative signage.
  • An Amphitheatre with a backdrop of lilacs.

The paths, education stops, gardens and Amphitheatre will create a full circuit from the parking area, through the historic grounds and up to the perennial border, back to the parking area. The Amphitheatre ribbon-cutting is set for April 2020, with the remainder of the project opening the following spring.

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The Arboretum acknowledges the continued support of the Hyde and Watson Foundation, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the Kessler Foundation, Celgene, the Grassmann Trust, the Union Foundation, the Manley-Winser Foundation, the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, Investors Bank and Investors Foundation, and the Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation.

For more information about the Arboretum’s Accessibility Project, including naming and dedication opportunities of the new gardens, pathways, and other features, contact Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Executive Director, Frank Juliano  at f.juliano@reeves-reedarboretum.org.