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Branch Brook Park Interactive History Map

As featured by the Branch Brook Park Alliance as the official park map

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Navigate this interactive history map of Newark’s Branch Brook Park. Click on map features to learn about park amenities, recreational spaces, and historic features. Map annotations are paired with explanatory texts and comparative photos of past and present. Beneath each annotation is the Google Maps link that will display directions to that point in the park from wherever you are standing.
All historic images are from the archives of the Essex County Parks Department and Newark Public Library. Browse their digital collections or contact the agency to visit their archives. All descriptions are sourced from the Cultural Landscape Report that documented the park’s history and renovation.
Map created by Myles Zhang
Map texts by Linda Morgan, Curtis Kline, Myles Zhang, Maeher Khosla, and Jack Barron
Contemporary photos by Curtis Kline with Mouli Luo

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Scenes of Branch Brook Park Past and Present

The park’s change over time becomes visible in this series of past vs. present photo comparisons. The once meticulously landscaped gardens and flowerbeds of the old park mature into the large trees and dense foliage of today. At the same time, many architectural follies and ornamental buildings have decayed to the point that no traces remain of their former existence. Old postcard views date from c.1900, while contemporary views were taken by Curtis Kline in summer 2021.

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Southern Division Buildings

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Boat House

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Boat House

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Lover’s Lane Bridge

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Ornamental Arch

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Sand Court

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Bandstand

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Southern Division Landscapes

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Cyprus Tree Promenade

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Reservoir

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Flower Garden

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Flower Garden

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Wisteria Walk

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Wisteria Walk

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Branch Brook Lake

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Middle and Northern Division

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Police Boats

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Wading Pool

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Rustic Footbridge

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Field House

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Tiffany Falls

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One Comment

  1. Dean Sonnenberg

    Thank you so much for this treasure trove of information on Historic Branch Brook Park! I live in the Forest Hill Historic District, around the corner from the Park and have collected many of these Historic Postcards. Often, curious as to what the particular scene looks like today. Such a pity that the Ornate Rossiter and Wright-designed Boathouse was demolished for a ‘Boat Storage’ structure. As well as the Glorious Bandstand that stood at the Lake’s Boat Landing. Many of the manicured portions, like the Italian Gardens and the Flower Terrace, as well as the Rustic Bridge connecting to Clark’s Island are missing as well. We should encourage Essex County Parks to initiate fund-raising campaigns for restoring these lost features. As an Olmsted-Designed Park deserves to be compared to its ‘Siblings’, Central Park in NYC and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Again, thank you for this KEEN Investigative work, which I hope that you can publish so that others can be enlightened!!

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