NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Longtime resident, comedian, actor and radio host Joe Piscopo will be returning to North Caldwell to emcee the groundbreaking ceremony at Walker’s Pond this Saturday at noon.
Along with Piscopo will be grandson of the Walker family, Nick Walker, and current resident George Kresge aka “the Amazing Kreskin." Also in attendance will be Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., Senator Joseph Pennacchio, Assemblyman Jay Webber, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Essex County Chief of Staff Philip Alagia, Mayor Joe Alessi, members of the North Caldwell Borough Council and prior elected officials who were involved in the project.
The borough has awarded a contract for the pond restoration. The contractor has begun mobilization efforts.This is the first step in the Walker’s Pond site restoration. The project will result in environmental, ecological and stormwater drainage benefits.
The borough is concurrently planning future uses for the property including renovation of the house for recreational use. The actual site will include an ice-skating pond as long-time residents were familiar with for many years. Future plans include a walking path, a pond stocked with fish and passive recreation opportunities such as bird- and nature-watching, seating areas and photography.
Councilman John Chiaia has formed a Walker’s Pond advisory committee made up of several residents to help plan future improvements. This will officially establish Walker property as the centerpiece of the community.
The property was owned by Carlee and Woody Walker. They opened their property every winter and allowed skaters from the area to enjoy skating on the pond. They even provided free hot chocolate to the revelers. Dances were also held at the site.
The 17-acre property was purchased in December 2016 upon the death of Woody Walker and the termination of the Walker Family Trust.
The borough is extremely grateful to the Walker family for selling the property to the town. They sold the property for less than they would have gotten from developers so that their family legacy could continue.
All are welcome. Hope you can attend. All parties must wear masks for the event.