State support for Walker home in North Caldwell could be coming

State support for Walker home in North Caldwell could be coming

Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips

TRENTON, N.J. – Supporting North Caldwell’s efforts to preserve its history, Sen. Kristin Corrado, and Assemblymen Christopher DePhillips and Al Barlas introduce legislation that would provide $500,000 towards the restoration of the Walker family home at Walker’s Park. 

“Walker’s Park is a landmark of the North Caldwell community where many have shared long-lasting memories. The Walkers opened their doors to all of us and this investment to restore the historic family home is returning that dedication so friends and family can continue enjoying the park for decades to come,” Corrado (R-Passaic) said.

Following the passing of cherished North Caldwell resident Elwood Walker, the Walker family sold the 17-acre Mountain Avenue property to the borough in 2016 to prevent future development of the site and preserve the family legacy. The borough now offers passive recreation at the property and fishing at the pond. Future use of the ranch-style home is currently under consideration.

Assemblyman Al Barlas

“Walker’s Park is a piece of Americana. The treasured pastimes enjoyed here are embedded in the community’s culture. It has also brought joy to an entirely new generation, which we know fulfills the wishes of the Walker family. With this investment, the borough can move forward with its plan to restore the home,” DePhillips (R-Bergen) said.

Under the legislation, North Caldwell would receive $500,000 in state aid from the property tax relief fund to restore the home. 

“What is now Walker’s Park, the pond and family home represent an important piece of the community’s history. We know how much the property means to the people who have cherished ice skating or tree lightings here with their families. Restoring the home is the next step in preserving the property and it deserves support from the state. The home holds a lot of potential and we would like to see it restored for the community to enjoy,” Barlas (R-Essex) said.