As part of the nationwide Frederick Law Olmsted Bicentennial, Branch Brook Park Alliance is pleased to establish this annual lecture celebrating America’s greatest landscape architect, as well as Newark’s own Clement Alexander Price, the late Rutgers University Distinguished Professor and astute observer of and activist on behalf of urban transformation. Landscape architect Faye Harwell, Director and Co-Founder of Rhodeside Harwell, will present an overview of the historic restoration of the 360-acre Park and the important work of the Essex County Parks Department and the Alliance. Jonathan Capehart, Newark native, award-winning journalist, and Associate Editor of the Washington Post, will offer commentary about the importance of beautified urban public spaces to the communities for which they serve as a renewal of dignity.

There will be Q&A after their talks.

Through this event, Branch Brook Park Alliance, in partnership with the County of Essex since 1999, seeks to raise funds to continue its legacy initiative, Care of the Park, powered by Jersey Cares. The Alliance is a Donor Advised fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.