Monthly Archives: May 2014

Marsh Discovery Trail Repairs in the Works!

Marsh Discovery TrailNo one is happier than us to hear that funding is now available to repair DeKorte Park’s Marsh Discovery Trail, severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The trail should be open again by the end of this year.

Scott Fallon, environmental writer for The Record, wrote an article recently on the extensive and expensive repairs.  The link is here. (Note: The repairs were approved at an NJMC Commission meeting this morning.)

What’s in a Name: Gunnell Oval

GUNNELL OVAL This revived weekly feature is brought to you by the Meadowlands Commission’s Parks Department to give you some historical background on how local places, landmarks, and geographical features  got their name.

We at the Meadowlands Commission are always scratching our heads on how to spell “Gunnell Oval” in Kearny.

The sign says “Gunnell Oval,” but everywhere we look, we see it spelled “Gunnel.”

The NJMC’s Angelo Urato did some investigating:

“Kearny’s Gunnell Oval Park was named after Benjamin E. Gunnell.  He was a popular youth in town, attended the Roosevelt School,  and was a very good baseball player.

He died in 1918 fighting the Germans in WWI.

The sign at the entrance of the park spells his name GUNNELL.
The  Web site for the Kearny Monument for soldiers who died in for WWI has his name listed as “Gunnel.”

Can anybody shed more light? (We are betting that “Gunnell” is the correct spelling.)