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Summer in Halcyon Park
Photo by Denise Serbay
Halcyon Park was developed as a private residential park with all the advantages of the city and all the surroundings of a country estate. Halcyon Park is a planned community of homes, with trees and shrubs, picturesque cottages, lakes, spacious grounds, a clubhouse, tennis courts, and stables. The most remarkable thing about this private residential park was that it was developed for individuals of moderate means. The park is now maintained by the Township of Bloomfield and is home to an ethnically diverse group of citizens.
At one time, in the early part of the 20th century, there were two lakes in Halcyon Park. "Lake of the Oaks" and "Shell Lake." Shell Lake, the smaller of the two lakes, was located in the green area near 28 Parkway West. It was filled in many years ago. Lake of the Oaks, the larger lake, is what is known today as the Halcyon Park Pond.
In 1995, Halcyon Park was designated eligible for the National Register of Historic Places "as an intact collection of early 20th century residential housing in a planned setting reflecting attention to open space and neighborhood character." To learn more about the history of Halcyon Park, visit HalcyonParkHistoricDistrict.com
Daniel Natal, President
(Vacant) Vice President
Millie Harris, Publicity Director
Norma Borja Kroll, Beautification Coordinator
Aurea Natal, Treasurer
Susana Sotillo, Secretary
Rich Rockwell, Web Master
We are a group of concerned citizens who have come together in an effort to maintain and expand the amenities found in Halcyon Park. We take pride in working with the Department of Public Works director and staff to improve the quality of life for Halcyon Park residents. We feel indeed fortunate to live in this neighborhood. This is a unique oasis in the south end of Bloomfield and it is our civic duty to preserve the unique character of Halcyon Park.
In 1993, Michael Lo Conte formed the Halcyon Park Environmental Committee (HPEC) in an effort to restore and beautify Halcyon Park. He, along with several committed volunteers, was responsible for a number of vital improvements: the installation of a circulation pump and fountainhead; the construction of the raised flowerbed and planting of shrubbery; and the installation of a flagpole. Mike Lo Conte worked very hard for over two years to maintain the suburban character of Halcyon Park.
Most of the original members of the Halcyon Park Environmental Committee moved away. For a while, there was very little activity in the park. The HPEC was restructured and became the Halcyon Park Neighborhood Association. Many new families from diverse backgrounds have moved into Halcyon Park. Officers of the Halcyon Park Neighborhood Association are actively recruiting new members to help them plan a variety of civic activities. Please volunteer to serve your community and get involved!
|Photos by Residents|
|Night Out August 5, 2008|
|Night Out August 7, 2007|
|July 8, 2007|
|July 4, 2005|
|Neighborhood Association Meeting September 18, 2001|
|Halloween Parade 2000|
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Halcyon Park Trivia
|The two houses below were in the Summer Can You Identify? contest|
|86 Parkway West|
Photo Russell Collection in the Glen Ridge Public Library
Real Estate Photo circa 1910
|25 Parkway East|
Photo personal collection of Richard Rockwell
|Ann Weber Hoyt - Halcyon Park Celebrity|
Read about Ann Weber Hoyt, World Champion Archer who grew up at 69 Fontain Avenue, pictured here with her parents, Anthony John Weber and Beatrice Sophia Clexton.
Halcyon DaysReminiscing about Halcyon Park
From Jim Earp, formerly of 59 Lexington Ave
I grew up in Halcyon Park during the 60s and 70s. I lived at 59 Lexington and my wife, Lisa Keck, lived at 6 Halcyon Place. I can't tell you how many memories your site brought back to us.
The pictures of the pond and the "then and now" links are incredible. We always thought "the park" (as we called it) was a company town for Westinghouse way back when. All we had to do was tell someone you lived in the "park" and they knew exactly where we were from. We have so many memories of living there and every so often we would drive through just to see what it looks like. We haven't been back in a few years, but your site brought it all back to us again.
We both attended Berkely School and South. It's a real shame what the town has let happen to South. I moved away after high school, but after my wife and I married we lived for a time at 126 Harrison Street (across from Zarro's Funeral Home), a stone's throw from the Franklin Ave end of the park. What memories.
Jim Earp JEarp@comcast.net, April 26, 2008
|Then and Now photos of Halcyon Park|
About our logo: The Halcyon Park graphic at the top of this page is from a 1908 map of a section of Halcyon Park. To view the map, click here.
Web design and maintenance: Rich Rockwell