D&R Greenway Releases New Video on Ecology/Preservation
Preserving Point Breeze, a New Jersey Treasure. The new seven-minute video can be viewed on D&R Greenway’s website at
The story of Point Breeze begins with recognition of the land’s 13,000 years of layered history, going back to Native Americans who lived here along the Delaware River and Crosswicks Creek. Chief Mann of the Ramapough Lenape was a guest speaker at D&R Greenway’s recent Gala that celebrated preservation of this land. He spoke about the importance of land to the Lenape, offering seeds and advice for gardens that will be planted at Point Breeze next spring, closing with a traditional blessing for the land and its inhabitants that include all of Earth’s creatures. (Above: Point Breeze 1818 by Thomas Birch)
Most compelling is the story of preservation, as told by Mayor James Lynch of Bordentown City. Recognized with D&R Greenway’s prestigious 2021 Donald B. Jones Conservation Award for championing preservation, Mayor Lynch tells how the land was literally rescued from developers who wanted to build warehouses on this historic property.
As the video continues, Linda Mead, D&R Greenway CEO and President, shares more of the story, “This was the last piece of land that was open in Bordentown City….Can you imagine if this last piece of open space was built on? We would lose the history, we would lose the ecology…Preserving this property was paramount. It was one of the most important things that D&R Greenway has ever done.”
As the video draws to a close, the Mayor expresses his pleasure that this land has been saved for his community, and the world, “I don’t think I could smile any more. To look back on this…Incredible!”
When this new video was premiered to D&R Greenway supporters with live speakers who represented the varying aspects of history, ecology and preservation, the comments were overwhelmingly positive:
With the public release of the video, Point Breeze, a New Jersey Treasure, everyone can now learn of the importance and value of this property and hear firsthand the passion that drives preservation. Inspired viewers are invited to contact D&R Greenway if they would like to volunteer as docents or gardeners at Point Breeze.