What To Do With Russell Farms...

The township has purchased the 5-acre plot of land, but just what will Wyckoff build there?

It may not be much to look at yet, but now that the township owns the 5 acre property known as Russell Farms it's time to start planning for the future.

At a  Wyckoff resident George Pitts tipped his hat to the township committee and Administrator Bob Shannon for their roles in completing the .

Pitts then suggested committeemen hold a public forum to help decide the fate of Russell Farms "so the public can actually talk about some of the things they'd like to do — be it a walking trail or a community garden or trying to build a museum on the site to show Wyckoff's history."

Details surrounding the future of Russell Farms are hazy, but officials have suggested the property would remain available for the most basic of uses. 

"According to feedback we've received from the community we'd like to see it preserved and used for passive recreation," Wyckoff Mayor Chris DePhillips said . "It will be a place you could take a walk or throw a Frisbee."

When Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Patch stopped by the property recently, the gently slopped lot was treeless and completely bare except for about a half dozen mounds of loose soil, a small shed, and a backhoe.

So before the shovels start breaking ground, we're are asking you — Wyckoff-Franklin Patch readers — what you'd like to see on the 5-acre plot of land across the street from .

What does Wyckoff need most? Use your imagination: Would you like to see a dedicated dog run, a community garden, or something completely different?

Vote in the poll below or suggest you own idea in the comments below and we'll add it to the poll.

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SN May 10, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I would love to see a 50 meter pool in town. It could be rented out in the morning to area swim teams and used by the town on hot summer afternoons.
JG May 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
part of the space should be a dog area and the other should be a nice place where you can go to sit and relax( benches, nice landscape, maybe a fountain. There could be a contest to decide the designs, and area landscape companies( there are a million in the area) could sponser the landscape every season to cover some of the expense(good free advertising for the company) benches and fountains or anything needed in the park could be purchased or donated for the purpose in memory of a loved one or in honor of wyckoff history or church,fire dept, police, or ambulance, ect. Something for the dogs, a little history and a nice place to enjoy Wyckoff would include a little for everyone to enjoy.
MER May 12, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Thanks for the clarification Cindy. I believe at this point I have walked my dog down almost every street in town. That lot is one of the odder ones.
John Margroff May 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Great idea, Wyckoff could use a walking/ relaxing area with a building resembling prior times to house material from the .Unfortunately the histrorical committee is composed of those who are interested, but have not lived it, and only know from what they researched or have read.
John Margroff September 17, 2012 at 08:30 PM
The rown owns and holds a long term lease on the Spring Lake property. Graydon pool costs Ridgewood huge sums of money for upkeep. We don't need that in Wyckoff and that is why the "Y" runs Spring Lake.


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