Morris Park Alliance
The Morris Park Alliance supports the Morris County Park Commission in its efforts to provide conservation, recreation, education, and interpretation of historic and natural resources. The Alliance does this through fundraising, grants, and community partnerships.

Support the Morris Park Alliance

Support the Morris Park Alliance - donations are always welcome and help us support the beautiful Morris County Park System!

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Morris Park Alliance, PO Box 1295, Morristown, NJ 07962


Our Current Projects

Shade comes to the All Access Playground

New shaded benches have been installed at the patio area of the Jets Play 60 All Access Playground. Coming soon are two shade umbrellas which will cover portions of the playground. Shading the area is a challenge due to equipment height, safety considerations, and the safety surfacing. The playground at Central Park of Morris County, in Parsippany, was truly a community project. The Alliance led the fundraising effort and was supported by major sponsors The New York Jets, and Wyndham Worldwide, Morristown Medical Center, the Dearhaven Fund, Finish Line Stores, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Many other donors and sponsors made this new facility a reality. The idea behind the design was to ensure that children with a variety of disabilities were able to play with their friends and family members.  It is unlike any other playground in the area, and has become a regional attraction in a very short time.

Annual Golf Outing: SIGN UP NOW!!

Sign up NOW for the 11th Annual Team Golf Outing on May 23rd at Berkshire Valley Golf Course - $600 per team! Check in begins at 11 am. The shotgun sounds at noon, after a light lunch. The format is a scramble with challenge holes and prizes. The day ends with a barbecue and prizes to the top three teams. Use the DONATE button to register your team and pay online. Single golfers also welcome. This year’s event benefits exhibits at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. Questions? Email -


The Don Palmer Memorial Internship Program

Applications are now available to nonprofits and goverment agencies.

Langdon "Don" Palmer was a Park Commissioner and a leader in land conservation in Morris County. Don was at the forefront of establishing the Morris County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Fund. He also served as Chairman of The Nature Conservancy and President of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. He was a leader of The Trust for Public Land, Morris Land Conservancy, Washington Township Land Trust, and the Morris County Agricultural Development Board.

Upon his passing, Don's friends established the Don Palmer Memorial Internship Fund in 2000. Since then grants of $2000 have been provided for two internships to non-profit or government agencies for projects related to conservation, open space, and natural resource protection.

The applications for these grants are generally available in the spring of each year for use within that calendar year. A final report of the intern's activities is due by December 31. For more information, contact the Park Alliance office at 973.631.527

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center Exhibits

Many of the exhibits at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township were kindly created by volunteers when the Center opened – 50 years ago! An effort is underway to create new exhibits that bring the animals and plants of the swamp, and the importance of this ecosystem, to children and adults as they visit the Center. The Center is a buffer between man and nature and it is home to several critical habitats. We are assisted in the design of the exhibits by generous staff from Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Your support for the fabrication of the new exhibits would be greatly appreciated.


Picnic Shelter at Central Park of Morris County

The seasonal tent that is erected each spring at Central Park of Morris County is widely used for company picnics, birthday parties, event registration, and other outings. The Park Commission has asked the Alliance to consider fundraising to replace the tent with a permanent picnic shelter.  In undertaking this project, the Park Alliance hopes to receive corporate support from area businesses. Price estimates are presently being determined prior to the start of fundraising efforts.

Other donation opportunities

  • Stars Plaza at Mennen Arena – recognize and honor a family member, team, hockey player, skater, coach, etc. with a commemorative brick on the entrance plaza.
  • Dog Parks – support is provided for supplies and equipment at both Lewis Morris Park and Central Park
  • Child ID Program – The Park Police host Child ID events throughout the year, including at National Night Out, held at Mennen Arena in August
If you are interested in supporting one of these projects, or another program or facility of the Park Commission, please contact the Morris Park Alliance by phone at 973.631.5273 or


Board of Directors

The Alliance is led by a group of dedicated volunteers who meet on a monthly basis. Each board member personally supports the projects of the Alliance with annual donations. The current members of the board are:
  • Tom O’Dowd, President
  • Dr. Joe Nazzaro, Vice President
  • Tom Semler, Treasurer
  • Joan Barbarula, Secretary
  • Francis P. Alai
  • Adrienne Bliss Brown
  • Stephanie Brumby
  • Pam Fischer
  • Paul Yarosz
  • Stuart Lasser, Park Commission Liaison
  • Patrick Lobdell
  • Vincent Maffucci
  • Patricia O’Rourke
  • Dr. Bette Simmons
  • Maryanne Spatola
  • John Van Brunt