Reeves-Reed Arboretum Seeking Funding for Accessibility Project

The mission of Reeves-Reed Arboretum is to engage, educate, and enrich the lives of our constituents to become better stewards of nature and the planet. With an ever increasing visitorship, now over 100,000 annually, the Arboretum acknowledges and embraces its responsibility to make the grounds safe and welcoming to all our visitors in order to fully embody the goals of our mission.
In 2017, the Arboretum initiated Phase One of a two-phased Accessibility Project. Thanks to support from a number of foundations including The Hyde and Watson Foundation, the E.J. Grassmann Trust, the Union Foundation, the Manley-Winser Foundation, the Kessler Foundation, the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, the Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation, and Board designated funds from Reeves-Reed Arboretum, the completion of the first phase of this ambitious project was realized this past October. Architectural plans have been drawn up and the stage is set to proceed with Phase Two.
“The Arboretum was recently chosen the Best Garden in New Jersey by readers of NJ Family. To be counted alongside some magnificent sites in New Jersey, the Garden State, is a reflection on our ability to engage our constituency both creatively and emotionally,” according to RRA Executive Director, Frank Juliano. “Now that Phase One of our Accessibility Project is complete, we are hard at work to raise funds in order to realize the more encompassing scope and requirements of Phase Two.”
Reeves-Reed Arboretum will be requesting funding from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection/Green Acres Program, a nonprofit program committed to preserving New Jersey’s natural resources statewide. The guidelines for this grant require that, “Meaningful public access must be provided to every project funded under this program.” The Board of Director and the Staff of Reeves-Reed Arboretum are emboldened and enthusiastic by the standards set by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. The application will be on file at Green Acres by February 15 and available for review.
For more information about the programs, events, workshops, performances and classes at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, or learn more about our Accessibility Project, please visit our website at or call 908-273-8787 x 1010.

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