Monday, April 29, 2013

Marquand Park

Recently, in the spirit of combining errands on a trip out to Route 1, I made a sentimental stop at Marquand Park, that combination of arboretum and recreation over on Lovers Lane. Sentimental, because my kids honed their sense of balance while hopping from boulder to boulder in the boulder-ringed sandbox.
It was good to see that the glorious threadleaf Japanese maple, just leafing out, has weathered the storms of recent years.

Its fall look can be seen in a 2006 post at PrincetonNatureNotes.

Though some nice new shiny play equipment has been installed, the kids and parents still gravitate to the more elemental rock-ringed sandbox, where contributed plastic sandbox toys can have a second life, basking in the appreciative attention of children.

If you're looking for a prompt to check out this park, there's a May 19 cleanup day, noon to 4pm. Refreshments will be served. Click on the photo to enlarge it, and get more info.


Anonymous said...

We have a debate among some friends over the pronunciation of Marquand. How do you pronounce it? Mar-kand or Mar-qwond?

Stephen Hiltner said...

Pam Machold reports that a Marquand family member on the park's board says the proper pronunciation is Mar-qwond. Add that to other updated pronunciations, like Car-NIGGY Lake.

Anonymous said...

Excellent, thank you! And yes, Lake Car-NAY-gie :)