Marquand Park and Arboretum is a 17-acre historic preserve of trees and woodlands that offers a variety of recreational and educational experiences in the center of Princeton. Originally the landscaped garden of a 19th-century estate, the park has a rich collection of native and exotic trees reflecting the interest and tastes of its previous owners and its current beneficiaries. Some trees in the parks are the largest of their kind in New Jersey.
Pedestrians can access Marquand Park from Mercer Street, or Stockton Street. The main entrance and the parking lot are on Lovers Lane. Link to Google map
Paved walks meander through the lawn areas and woodlands. Some paths still follow the park’s original 19th-century landscaped garden design.
Marquand Park includes in its collection over 140 different tree specimens, among them some rare evergreens and a Dawn Redwood, known only as a fossil until 1944 when it was discovered growing in China. In the wooded area are huge specimens of native trees such as beech; hickory; and black, white and red oaks.
The park has three types of signs for identifying trees. Some trees in the landscaped area have signs with just the tree’s name and no park logo or QR code. The numbers on these signs correspond with the numbers in the “Guide to Marquand Park.” Currently, we are replacing these signs with new signs displaying a Marquand Park Foundation logo and a QR code. The QR code provides a link to the description of the characteristics and origins of the tree. Finally, round metal tags with just numbers are used on trees in the woodlands on the east side of the park. The numbers on the new signs and tags correspond with the numbers in the park’s Tree Inventory. Go to Tree Inventory, to find out how to access the QR codes.
A playground with a sand area surrounded by large boulders is located a short distance from the parking lot. It is a Princeton favorite for families with young children. A drinking fountain is close by.
A baseball diamond is located in the north-west lawn area of the park.
Benches and Picnic Table:
Benches are placed throughout the park, and several picnic tables are close to the parking lot.
Opening Hours and Park Rules:
The park is open from dawn to dusk. No smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages is allowed. There are no restrooms in the park. Dogs are welcome in the park but must be leashed at all times. Link to Princeton Park Rules