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Mrs. Gruchacz, Principal
372 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4230
Fax: 609.806.4231

The Gardens of
Community Park School

The Story of our Gardens
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The Past:
Community Park School is set amidst the neighborhoods of the small city of Princeton, NJ.  Of Princeton's four elementary schools, Community Park has the most urban setting.  Although surrounded by Community Park North with all of its recreational offerings, Community Park lacks some of the natural features and established gardens and paths that the other more suburban schools enjoy.  This fact has served as the cause for building gardens around the school.  
Almost 20 years ago, a beautiful patriotic garden with flowers of red, white, and blue was planted around the flagpole at the front of the school.  This was followed by butterfly gardens along the playground fence near the staff parking lot that would be funded through a PEF grant.  Next came raised wooden planters near the butterfly garden and extensive bulb and groundcover plantings to beautify the front entrance.  This was accomplished through the combined efforts of teachers, students, the CP Garden Club, and parents.  That was around 1994.  But sadly, these once beautiful gardens have succumbed to increasing shade and more intense use of the playground area or have become overgrown and weed infested as is the case with the front entrance.
Efforts were made at beautification and at restoring the use of gardens at Community Park School. Large planters were installed near the driveway side classroom doors and the back patio.  The construction of the fenced-in Edible Foods Garden near the All Purpose Room was also accomplished.  A parent-run Community Park School Garden Club has also been up and running to provide students with opportunities to learn about and practice gardening.  As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Community Park School there is a renewed interest in and energy for beautifying the school grounds with new gardens and plantings.