DeKorte Park (Richard W. DeKorte Park)

DeKorte Park (Richard W. DeKorte Park)

Views at DeKorte Park - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff Views at DeKorte Park - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff
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Do not tell late night TV comedic NJ bashers about this park which has an “overlook trail” built on a former garbage dump -- but it is beautiful and no longer an island. 

Geologically, the Hackensack Meadowlands (now called the New Jersey Meadowlands) are part of the Mesozoic Lowland area between the Watchungs and the Palisades. Very different from the rugged Watchungs to their west, they feature a small network of trails that offer the opportunity to explore a wetland teeming with wildlife.

Although the area is often thought of as a landfill, a visit...

Park Acreage:

640.00 acres

Municipality:

Lyndhurst

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Contact Information

Web Link:

Richard W. DeKorte Park/NJ Sports & Exposition Authority

Phone:

(201) 460-1700

Fees:

None

Dogs in park:

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July 06, 2010
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Immersed in the Meadowlands' beauty

From The Record, July 4, 2010, BY SACHI FUJIMORI, STAFF WRITER

WHAT: "Quintessential Meadowlands, "a landscape and nature photo exhibit by Marco van Brabant.
Marco van Brabant of Hackensack at Richard W. DeKorte Park, where wetlands contrast with city skyline: 'It's a hidden gem.'

WHERE: Flyway Gallery at the Meadowlands Environmental Center in Richard W. DeKorte Park, 1 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.

WHEN: Tuesday through Aug. 27. Opening reception 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 201- 460-8300; njmeadowlands.gov; marcovanbrabant.com.

 

"At dusk one evening in January, Marco van Brabant was snapping photos of the Meadowlands marshlands with his son when the ice beneath his feet cracked and he fell into its chilly waters.

An avid landscape photographer, van Brabant has such affection for the 110 acres of protected wetlands of Richard W. DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, plunging into its tidal waters was a positive experience.

"I had water up to my chest and I was like, 'I love this place. I'm now a part of the Meadowlands,' " said van Brabant, whose born name is Marco Lips. He chose the surname to pay homage to Brabant, the province in The Netherlands where he grew up. His Nikon D300 camera was spared that day because he held it above his head on its tripod.

Starting on Tuesday, his nature photos will be exhibited at the Flyway Gallery inside the park, in an exhibit titled "Quintessential Meadowlands."

Van Brabant's fascination with these urban marshes comes from seeing beauty in contrasts."

For the rest of the story see The Record.

Phil McLewin
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