Marquand Park is an arboretum and recreational area at the corner of Lovers Lane and Stockton Street in Princeton, New Jersey. It has walking paths, a baseball field, expanses of grassy lawn and attractions for young children, such as a playground structure and a sandbox with trucks and sand toys belonging to the town. The park gets its name from Princeton University professor Allan Marquand, who acquired a parcel of property at this location in 1885. In 1953, the Marquand family donated seventeen acres of it to the town for use as a park, and in 1955 a non-profit foundation was created to care for the new park. Marquand Park now features over 100 species of trees and shrubs — none of which I can identify for you, although each has a small name plate telling you what you might want to know about it.
But one needn’t be an arborist to visit the park. Especially in the spring and fall, it’s lovely to stroll its paths, or sit on the grass or on one of the conveniently located benches. Last Sunday, which was Mother’s Day, Bill and I did just that. The weather was glorious. If we turn the calendar back, you can come along too….. Be warned, though: there’s a lot to see, beginning with the views from the parking lot:
The children’s area is closest to the parking lot:
But then we leave children behind and enter the park proper:
Now we come into a shaded area:
A private house adjoins the park.
Better get up and get going again….
[We’re nearly back to the car. Just a little farther….]
I warned you there’d be a lot to see.
But wasn’t it a lovely day?
8 thoughts on “SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH BILL”
I love the photos! ❤ 🙂
What a beautiful park 🙂
I rather thought you would, Takami! 😀 And yes, it IS a beautiful park. We got there somewhat late in the spring for the flowering trees. Early in May, there are masses of pink everywhere you look!
What a beautiful park. Thanks for sharing your walk. I love the sign at the beginning. 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Carol. It’s so easy to take photos with an iPhone now that it’s a shame not to share!
That your photos were taken with an iPhone amazes me.
This is not a commercial, but the iPhone 5S has a built-in camera that’s fantastic. Add the cropping available from the iPhoto software on my year-old Apple desktop — and voila! I am absolutely, positively, not — and have never been — a “photographer.” But every single picture on this blog since last November (when I began) has been taken with that little phone, including the photos of old photographs that (obviously) were taken long before iPhones and computers were ever thought of!
Looks like a very enjoyable park. And it was a pleasure to see the both of you.
Yes, the park IS a pleasure. As for seeing us, bright sunlight is perhaps not the kindest light in which to be viewed for those of us who are “getting old.” But it’s too late for vanity. And also you’ve already established, in previous comments, that you look on wrinkles and other marks of experience with an appreciative eye! 😀