Some years back an old family friend who had moved away long ago came back home for a visit. He had been raised in Lyndhurst at a time when our Meadowlands was a much different place. Back then it was a place left for dead, the butt of jokes and a prime example of the worse things that could possibly be done to nature.
So when my family friend returned the first place I brought him to was DeKorte Park, the ultimate example of the good things that could be done when people care about the Environment. Needless to say his reaction was a sense of disbelief.