The Hanson Park Conservancy

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Duck Heart
Photo courtesy of Patty Gallagher
"Have You Got Your Ducky?” That is the familiar cry that has gone up from Hanson Park Conservancy (HPC) over the past several months. HPC would like to thank everyone who responded to the call making the third annual Cranducky Derby Sunday, October 13th a grand success.

October delivered perfect weather for Mayor Tom Hannon, as Grand Marshall, to ride the river in “Miss Cranford”, HPC’s 1929 restored Old Towne Canoe. Mayor Hannon began building momentum for the race with an exciting countdown, culminating in the unceremonious “Dumping of the Ducks”. Shortly after 4:00 pm the Rahway River swarmed with 1,279 yellow, pink and blue emissaries of hope with a dozen prizes at stake.

The Hanson Park Conservancy is a non profit corporation begun in 2004 by a group of Cranford Citizens to support efforts to upgrade and maintain Hanson Park and also to provide guidance and financial support to the preservation of the Cranford Canoe Club building.

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The mission of the Conservancy is to provide monies through private fundraising efforts to implement the Phase II plan for Hanson Park and to complete the restoration of the Cranford Canoe Club. The Conservancy plans to continue beyond the implementation phase to provide guidance and support for ongoing maintenance of the park. We have forged successful partnerships with schools, local community groups and other entities to provide financial and volunteer support for the park. We have also proud of our commitment to provide programs centered on environmental and cultural topics as they relate to the site.

Please consider becoming a member of the Hanson Park Conservancy and/or making a tax deductible donation which will be used to support these valuable projects. There is also a need for volunteers willing to work towards these goals. No amount of time is too small.

You can help support our maintenance and restoration efforts by purchasing a tree or a plant for the Hanson Park. Each donation is acknowledged with a certificate and a listing in the Woodland Plant Album. The plant list was specifically developed for Hanson Park by consultants at Think Green, LLC. Please download the 2010 Woodland Plant Fund brochure here. Thanks you for your support!

The history of Cranford is intertwined with the Rahway River. The completion of Hanson Park and Restoration of the Canoe Club enhance two important areas adjacent to the river and provide a place for all to enjoy the beauty of our town.


This websitehas been made possible in part by a HEART GRANT (History, Education, Arts - Reaching Thousands)
from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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