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Quarry Pond Patio to Provide Shady Oasis for Students

Flat Rock Brook is moving forward with an exciting Quarry Pond patio renovation this spring—a project that will ultimately provide a shaded workspace for students attending field trips and summer camp at Flat Rock Brook. Currently, there is no shaded workspace for students to complete studies of water quality and aquatic organisms in the pond. This patio renovation will offer students a comfortable place to immerse themselves in scientific studies and learn to be the STEM professionals of tomorrow.

Our patio renovation will feature a continuation of the blue stone paving that currently welcomes visitors into our Nature Center, seating for students to gather, native plantings acting as borders to the patio space and a retractable awning for sunny summer days. This multi-use space will be renovated up to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), increasing accessibility at Flat Rock Brook.

This project is made possible by the generosity of the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund and Trustee Cynthia Sumner. The Bergen County Open Space Grant is a matching grant and they will match us dollar for dollar up to $7,500.  Through the generosity of donors, we have raised the matching funds and plan to break ground on the project in July.

 

Seen above, Flat Rock Brook Staff poses with Vice-Chairwoman of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Mary J. Amoroso. 

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