Did you know that Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey is distinguished as being the first county park opened for public use in the United States? The park is nearly 4 miles long and averages 1/4 mile in width. At 359.72 acres, it is the largest developed park in the County. It is adorned by a combination of open meadowland and small patches of woodland on gently rolling terrain.
Named for a branch brook that flowed through the valley into the Passaic River, the park was originally intended to remain in its natural state, but today is used largely for athletics activities.
The more than 4,000 cherry trees that blossom during April are greater both in variety and number than the famed Washington, D.C., display--the result of a 1927 gift from the Bamberger and Mrs. Felix Fuld family. At its height the Cherry Blossom Festival attracts over 10,000 people a day.
The star attraction of Branch Brook Park come every spring, are the cherry blossom trees. Japanese cherry blossoms predominate among the more than 4000 cherry blossom trees in the park. Their large white blossoms put on quite a show, and are the most prominent feature of the bloom season. However, the addition of flowering Yoshino, Higan and Fuji cherries add blooms that range from pink to white in color. This variety also extends the blooming season to two weeks or more.
Thousands of visitors, both local and international, converge on the park every April to see the first reddish-white flowers bloom on the trees. The celebration of the start of the cherry blossom bloom season has been a longstanding Essex County tradition. The Annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival is a point of pride for Belleville, which identifies itself as the “Cherry Blossom Capital of America.” Cherry blossoms are a wonderful testimony to our loving Creator, who has made all things on earth for our benefit and endless delight. I will post the dates for the 2016 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival as they are announced on this website.
The photos seen here are from various Cherry Blossom Festivals in past years. All photos are by Don Peterson, Freelance Web Designer, Webdesignportfolio.us - Visit my web design portfolio!