The area surrounding one of Ridgewood's most enduring landmarks is looking pretty shabby, but a citizens group has bold plans to remake N. Broad Street surrounding the Ridgewood Train Station.
Mary Beth Lane and Cynthia Hallaby, representing the Ridgewood Conservatory for Public Land, received the blessing of the council to move forward with a two-part project to remove dead trees and shrubbery and in its place plant trees and flowers along N. Broad Street.
The pair plan to remove cedar trees and dead bushes near the staircase, paint the lamp posts, plant a Hawthorne Tree and add a four-foot bed of flowers. The Conservatory will also plant dogwoods if more funding can be obtained.
More than 50 families have already donated to the cause, and professionals are also supporting the project, Lane said.