Cadwalader Park – Olmsted’s Urban Legacy

Posted on Apr 10, 2017

Holmes Bandshell 2

July 8, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Opening Reception

Saturday, July 15, 6-9 pm

Call for Cadwalader Park Memorabilia and Art

Memorabilia – Saturday, April 29, noon – 4 pm

Art – Saturday, June 10, noon – 4 pm
Watch this video about the park.

Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park and Trenton’s own Cadwalader Park, is considered to be the father of American landscape architecture.  His public parks, the design of which he was most proud, have had a lasting effect on urban America. Celebrating 115 years of that legacy, the exhibit at Ellarslie will explore the importance of Cadwalader Park to Trenton residents and visitors alike. We invite Trentonians past and present to participate in the exploration by providing us with their Cadwalader Park impressions and memories.

Read more about the park.

Do you have old photos of Cadwalader Park? Ellarslie? The deer paddock? Peetey and Briar Patch? The playground? The tennis courts? The ballfields? The canal? The little bridge over the pond? The balloon man? School picnics? Family reunions? Church picnics, Concerts in the park? School field day? Bocce players? Wedding pictures? Festivals in the park?

Do you have programs from concerts? or plays in the bandshell? Other memorabilia?

Would you like your memories to be included in an exhibit at Ellarslie this summer?

Bring your photos and other memorabilia to Ellarslie on Saturday, April 29 between noon and 4 pm.  Volunteers will scan your items and return them to you.


Scan your items and email high res images to by April 29.  Be sure to include your contact information and a description of each image.


On June 10 from noon to 4 pm, artists of all ages are invited to bring their paintings, drawings, pastels, or collages of Cadwalader Park scenes past and present for possible inclusion in an exhibit celebrating 115 years of Trenton’s treasured Frederick Law Olmsted masterpiece.