Public Meeting On Hilltop’s Master Plan


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Once the site of a tuberculosis sanatorium, the Hilltop Reservation is now being used by walkers, bikers and nature lovers.
Once the site of a tuberculosis sanatorium, the Hilltop Reservation is now being used by walkers, bikers and nature lovers.
The Hilltop Conservancy, the non-profit that is working to restore the ecosystem of the Hilltop Reservation, has let us know that there will be a public input meeting for the Reservation’s master plan on Wednesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Verona Park Boathouse. All who are interested in the Reservation are invited to attend.

This master plan has been commissioned by Essex County, and is being developed by consultants from CME Associates. The master plan will define the goals and objectives for the park, and focus on medium- and long-term requirements for achieving them.

Anyone who likes having the Hilltop Reservation as a nature preserve, a passive recreational site, or a quiet green spot should attend this meeting. The format will be casual, with displays and exhibits to prompt discussion. There will be a brief presentation by the consultants and then a public forum for attendees to pose questions, suggest improvements and identify long-term needs. This is the only public input meeting on the master plan.

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This meeting is specific to the 284-acre Reservation, which is only one part of the total Hilltop area. The meeting will not address development plans for North Caldwell or Cedar Grove property, nor the construction on Verona’s new recreational complex, and the former County Hospital site located between Fairview and Grove Avenues. Questions on those items should be directed to town or County officials.

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