Hanson Park is located at 38 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ

Hanson Park Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization


Township of Cranford

The Hanson Park Conservancy (HPC) is pleased to announce the Jan Lilien Education Fund, which will begin this year to provide educational programs on sustainability and environmental awareness. The Jan Lilien Education Fund was made possible by donations in memory of the late Jan Lilien of Cranford.

Our vision for conservation

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.  

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 are also proud of our commitment to provide programs centered on environmental and cultural topics as they relate to the site. 

What's Happening at Hanson Park?


It was a busy Fall Season for Hanson Park Conservancy

  • Hanson Park is transforming the triangle garden into a memorial for former Cranford resident Jan Lilien. Her husband, Richard Brown has been instrumental in making this memorial to Jan as well as helping us raise funds for park benches.  One element of the garden is a 12-foot-high double wind sculpture.  There are also plans to add additional plantings, lighting, and passive seating.
  • Our 11th Annual Rubber Ducky Race was held on Sunday October 9, 2022, and it was smashing success. The weather was gorgeous, the crowd was excited, and we raised a lot of money for Hanson Park Maintenance.  Thank you to our Sponsors for all their support.
  • Hanson Park Conservancy was proud to co-Sponsor the 8th Annual Pumpkin Carve Out with Jersey Central Art Studio and the Cranford Jaycees on October 22, 2022.  There were so many beautiful entries and congratulations to all the winners.
  • We have added much needed lighting on the kiosk at the park. Be sure to check out all the latest updates posted there.
  • Hanson Park now has WIFI. The password has been posted in the Kiosk at the park.
  • Do not forget to follow us on Instagram at Hanson Park Cranford, and Facebook and Twitter.
  • Check back in the Springtime 2023 for events and programs.

Also Happening...

Yoga in the Park
Yoga for Everyone meets on Mondays & Wednesdays at 6 PM and Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Intermediate and Advanced Yoga meets on Saturdays at 9 AM

​The Hanson Park Conservancy was featured in the August 2022 issue of "Cranford Local." 
Read the article by Natalie Fidlow 

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