About 100 residents marked Earth Day by celebrating the opening of a for the Teaneck Creek Conservancy on Fycke Lane.
The event included breakfast at , the dedication of the park's new entrance and guided hikes through the 46-acre park. Despite the weather, residents turned out for mask-making, fairy house design and pen and ink drawing workshops for children. The workshops previewed the spring and summer programs the conservancy will be holding.
"It was great," Teaneck Creek Conservancy Executive Director Devery Volpe said. "It was better than expected with the weather."
The new entrace was designed by local artist Rick Mills, who incorporated student artwork into a 350-foot wall made of recycled materials. Conservancy board member Anthony Buscetti said the plan was to get a variety of people involved in the park.
"We established a community of learners which included students, local artists and community volunteers," Buscetti said. "Together they collaborated on this project, which was a celebration of art and the environment."
The park was formerly used as a dump, according to Buscetti.
"The Teaneck Creek Conservancy was once just a dumping ground," Buscetti said. "Now it has pathways to progress, art projects and community involvement."
Using a 2011 grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Teaneck Creek was able to undertake the building of the low recycled stone wall, the group said.