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"The Landscape i Love"

Updated: Apr 23

The Cultural Landscape's Foundation's 2011 Landslide feature on Wilbur J. McNeil


"The name Weequahic is derived from a Lenape Indian word "wee-qua-chick" meaning “head of the cove.” Weequahic Lake is fabled to have a central role to the local natives as the border between the Hackensack and Raritan bands of the Lenni-Lenape tribe.


Wilbur McNeil, the President of the Weequahic Park Association has been active on many fronts to protect and improve the historic designed landscape. Mr. McNeil and the association have actively encouraged a dialogue between park visitors and administrators. This has enabled many visitors and community members, including religious groups, social service agencies and schools, to become involved in efforts to improve the park and has raised attendance for programming. Mr. McNeil has organized volunteer training for many of these groups so that they may take part in onsite work projects. He has tirelessly protected the environmental integrity of the park by reaching out to nearby neighbors as well as the Port Authority of New Jersey and Newark International Airport regarding pollution from their facilities."

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