Functional Landscapes as Local Treasures Graydon Park and Pool New Jersey Historic Preservation Conference Monmouth Univer...
Presenters <ul><li>Arthur Wrubel, AICP </li></ul><ul><li>Chairman, Historic Preservation Commission, Ridgewood, NJ </li></...
Ridgewood, NJ Ridgewood is in northwest Bergen County (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ridgewood,_New_Jersey) Bergen ...
Graydon Park is in geographic center of Ridgewood, accessible to all residents
Graydon is in center of developed community in flood plain
Swimming in adjacent brook (dammed for swimming) circa 1920s gave idea
Before Graydon Park, 1920s or earlier, with sycamore
Initial use of Graydon as a swimming pond from about 1925
Ice skating at Graydon Pool, February 1931
 
WPA Plans for skating shelter (2 views)
Cornerstone from WPA skating shelter (1936)
Painting by Ridgewood artist Dorothy Warren
Original bridge from parking log (now demolished and replaced)
Postcard with sycamore on island (date unknown)
Summer 1938
Graydon was a focal point of community activity
Memorial trees were planted with plaques commemorating important events
An oasis in suburbia
 
One family’s dedication to Graydon
Story Time in 1988, provided by librarians
Barbara McCullough Pattin, 1943
This idyllic landscape began to receive criticism in 2005-2006
2000s <ul><li>Canada geese arrived </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggressively hissed at people and ducks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
2000s, continued <ul><li>By 2006, word was spreading that Graydon’s water quality was poor </li></ul><ul><li>Other trends,...
Study group was not objective <ul><li>Named themselves “Clear water project” (later changed by order of Village Council) <...
Now things went really wrong <ul><li>From 2006-07, membership dropped 33% </li></ul><ul><li>Against a backdrop of “this is...
January 2009: first presentation of concrete plans at Village Council meeting
January 2009: “Water park” design with $13.9 million estimated cost
July 2009: Second plan had 4 – foot deep pool with relatively small swimming area, concrete aprons, no sand (except for a ...
This was serious: 2009 Village budget asked Parks and Recreation department to pursue design and construction of a “Graydo...
Request for Proposals (draft), containing final construction documents,  would have allowed fundraising for construction i...
The Preserve Graydon Coalition was formed. We induced Village to instruct library to let us display this poster next to co...
Press reported on our group’s emergence and, in a sidebar, improvements to pool’s water quality
 
NY Times, Labor Day 2009, home page (online day before)
September 9, 2009: The Coalition made major presentation at Village Council meeting
Environmental/land use attorney Stuart Lieberman kept us focused and motivated
We reviewed public documents at NJ DEP in Trenton to learn what actions had been taken so far by our Village officials and...
Spoke at almost every Council meeting for months
We used every available medium: letters to editor, blogs, website, e-newsletter, and the telephone (to reach those who did...
Sold yard signs at events and http://graydonstore.org
Information table at “Downtown for the Holidays,” December 2009
Sold car magnets
Council election of May 2010, would decide Graydon’s fate
Joined forces with another grassroots group to support Council candidates
We won! Graydon Pool seen as a top issue in election
Preservation New Jersey’s list
The Record (Bergen County), May 21, 2010: “Preserve Graydon Pool”
Memberships increased in 2010, due, in part, to our collaboration with the Village to promote pool membership
Recommendations <ul><li>Form an advocacy group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We tapped into the community’s latent passion for thi...
Thank you! <ul><li>Arthur Wrubel, AICP </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] 201-493-9651 </li></ul><ul><li>Alan Seiden </li><...
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  • latent emotions not manifest until came out, then voter eventuallly saved it. Election eventually. Enough people. no one knew about the feelings till we gave them a platform and told them the catastrophe unfolding. Everyone was thinking but no one doing. Courage from numbers. How many people. Facts to people to council. good election
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • We used street fairs, newspaper articles, television, blogs, to arouse the community
  • Functional Landscapes as Local Treasures: Graydon Park and Pool

    1. 1. Functional Landscapes as Local Treasures Graydon Park and Pool New Jersey Historic Preservation Conference Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, June 3, 2011
    2. 2. Presenters <ul><li>Arthur Wrubel, AICP </li></ul><ul><li>Chairman, Historic Preservation Commission, Ridgewood, NJ </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>201-493-9651 </li></ul><ul><li>Alan Seiden </li></ul><ul><li>Co-Chair, The Preserve Graydon Coalition, Ridgewood, NJ </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>201-632-1436 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Ridgewood, NJ Ridgewood is in northwest Bergen County (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ridgewood,_New_Jersey) Bergen County is in northeast NJ
    4. 4. Graydon Park is in geographic center of Ridgewood, accessible to all residents
    5. 5. Graydon is in center of developed community in flood plain
    6. 6. Swimming in adjacent brook (dammed for swimming) circa 1920s gave idea
    7. 7. Before Graydon Park, 1920s or earlier, with sycamore
    8. 8. Initial use of Graydon as a swimming pond from about 1925
    9. 9. Ice skating at Graydon Pool, February 1931
    10. 11. WPA Plans for skating shelter (2 views)
    11. 12. Cornerstone from WPA skating shelter (1936)
    12. 13. Painting by Ridgewood artist Dorothy Warren
    13. 14. Original bridge from parking log (now demolished and replaced)
    14. 15. Postcard with sycamore on island (date unknown)
    15. 16. Summer 1938
    16. 17. Graydon was a focal point of community activity
    17. 18. Memorial trees were planted with plaques commemorating important events
    18. 19. An oasis in suburbia
    19. 21. One family’s dedication to Graydon
    20. 22. Story Time in 1988, provided by librarians
    21. 23. Barbara McCullough Pattin, 1943
    22. 24. This idyllic landscape began to receive criticism in 2005-2006
    23. 25. 2000s <ul><li>Canada geese arrived </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggressively hissed at people and ducks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deposited droppings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organic material may have harmed water quality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ineffective water quality management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2004: NJ DEP fines Village for accidentally releasing chlorinated water into adjacent Ho-Ho-Kus Brook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2005+: Patrons complain of poor water quality, cloudiness, and dingy color </li></ul></ul>
    24. 26. 2000s, continued <ul><li>By 2006, word was spreading that Graydon’s water quality was poor </li></ul><ul><li>Other trends, such as central air conditioning and private backyard pools, reduced utilization of many public pools, including Graydon </li></ul><ul><li>Graydon Pool’s membership gradually fell </li></ul><ul><li>Village formed a resident committee in 2006 to study drop in membership </li></ul>
    25. 27. Study group was not objective <ul><li>Named themselves “Clear water project” (later changed by order of Village Council) </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with Village to commission feasibility study of concrete pools </li></ul><ul><li>Held public focus group sessions where concrete pool was the only option </li></ul><ul><li>Told residents that Graydon’s water quality was bad and could never be improved with pool’s current configuration </li></ul>
    26. 28. Now things went really wrong <ul><li>From 2006-07, membership dropped 33% </li></ul><ul><li>Against a backdrop of “this is a crisis—something must be done now,” the pro-concrete group presented a Colorado consultant’s plan in January 2009 </li></ul>
    27. 29. January 2009: first presentation of concrete plans at Village Council meeting
    28. 30. January 2009: “Water park” design with $13.9 million estimated cost
    29. 31. July 2009: Second plan had 4 – foot deep pool with relatively small swimming area, concrete aprons, no sand (except for a sandbox far from the water). $10 million Some of pond would be saved for “nostalgia” (toy boats) — not swimming
    30. 32. This was serious: 2009 Village budget asked Parks and Recreation department to pursue design and construction of a “Graydon Aquatic Center”
    31. 33. Request for Proposals (draft), containing final construction documents, would have allowed fundraising for construction if approved
    32. 34. The Preserve Graydon Coalition was formed. We induced Village to instruct library to let us display this poster next to concrete plan drawings
    33. 35. Press reported on our group’s emergence and, in a sidebar, improvements to pool’s water quality
    34. 37. NY Times, Labor Day 2009, home page (online day before)
    35. 38. September 9, 2009: The Coalition made major presentation at Village Council meeting
    36. 39. Environmental/land use attorney Stuart Lieberman kept us focused and motivated
    37. 40. We reviewed public documents at NJ DEP in Trenton to learn what actions had been taken so far by our Village officials and state regulators
    38. 41. Spoke at almost every Council meeting for months
    39. 42. We used every available medium: letters to editor, blogs, website, e-newsletter, and the telephone (to reach those who didn’t own a computer)
    40. 43. Sold yard signs at events and http://graydonstore.org
    41. 44. Information table at “Downtown for the Holidays,” December 2009
    42. 45. Sold car magnets
    43. 46. Council election of May 2010, would decide Graydon’s fate
    44. 47. Joined forces with another grassroots group to support Council candidates
    45. 48. We won! Graydon Pool seen as a top issue in election
    46. 49. Preservation New Jersey’s list
    47. 50. The Record (Bergen County), May 21, 2010: “Preserve Graydon Pool”
    48. 51. Memberships increased in 2010, due, in part, to our collaboration with the Village to promote pool membership
    49. 52. Recommendations <ul><li>Form an advocacy group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We tapped into the community’s latent passion for this site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make noise —numbers count </li></ul><ul><li>Slow down the process </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know reporters </li></ul><ul><li>Retain an attorney with suitable experience </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved in elections, if necessary </li></ul>
    50. 53. Thank you! <ul><li>Arthur Wrubel, AICP </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] 201-493-9651 </li></ul><ul><li>Alan Seiden </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] 201-632-1436 </li></ul><ul><li>The Preserve Graydon Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>http://preservegraydon.org </li></ul><ul><li>Review these slides </li></ul><ul><li>http://slideshare.net/graydonpool </li></ul>

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