According to the state of New Jersey website, if there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, the outdoor gathering limit will be removed. As it stands now, gatherings in the park are limited to 25 people. The park is not to be used for commercial enterprise, organized classes, or for-profit groups. Community groups such as book clubs, passive recreation and the like are welcome to use the park at their own risk. Small gatherings such as birthday parties and picnics are allowed as long as participants obey any local protocols for health and safety and remove any trash.
For questions about gatherings at the park, please contact Evan Moorhead at Princeton Department of Recreation.
Visitor Guidelines during COVID Pandemic:
• Please be safe by maintaining social distancing at all times. Avoid gathering in groups and be mindful of those around you.
• Please bring a mask or face covering and wear it when you are within six feet of other people.
Marquand Park and Arboretum is a 17-acre historic preserve of trees and woodlands that offers a variety of recreational and educational experiences in the center of Princeton. Originally the landscaped garden of a 19th-century estate, the park has a rich collection of native and exotic trees reflecting the interest and tastes of its previous owners and its current beneficiaries. Some trees in the parks are the largest of their kind in New Jersey.
The Marquand Park Children’s Arboretum is a place where children between the ages of 5 and 15 can learn through hands-on experiences how trees grow. Activities would include: the planting of saplings or small trees in pots to be placed temporarily in raised planting beds in the spring; the caring for these trees during the summer; and the transplanting of these the trees to other sites in the park or elsewhere in the fall.
We hold two events – one in the spring and one in the fall. The fenced off area near the parking lot is open for visitors year-round; children must be accompanied by an adult. Come and explore, and learn about the trees in the park and all around us!