The 37 Annual Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom festival, a three week spring opener, which began Saturday, April 6th, with it Annual Bike Race. This event has been getting larger over the years with several hundred competitors participating in this years racing event. There were in the several hundreds. The first pace placement with to two Pennsylvanians. Michael Chauner, Equipe Vitesse team of West Chester Pennsylvania. The top female winner was Jessica Chong, of Morgan Stanley Cycling team of Allentown Pennsylvania.
Sunday featured the Cherry Blossom 10 K Run. Runners that participated were of varied skills. The winner was a 19-Year-Old Newark Resident Edward Cheserek at a time of 30:44.40. The Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. held the finish line tape.
The Cherry Blossom festival continues, Sunday, with Bloomfest
Date: Sunday, April 14
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Extension
Enjoy a family day in New Jersey’s pinkest park! A packed schedule of events includes Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food, and more.
The concluding event will be on Saturday, April 20th, with Family Fun Day
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1-Mile Fun Run / Walk
Time: 10 am
Location: Prudential Concert Grove, Southern Division.
“Kids, Take Your Parents for a Walk Day”
An interesting inclusion into to this year’s celebration in the introduction to Branch Brook Park “Cell Phone Tour”. One phone call to (973) 433-9047 gives you access to park history and horticultural information for the 46 stops on the cell phone tour. This number, along with further instructions, is on the sign found at each tour stop. You can also access the tour through a mobile app and website.
Rutgers University Cherry Blossom Bike Tour
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Monday, April 15, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
Students will be introduced to some of the scenic amenities of Newark, New Jersey, namely Branch Brook Park. The bike ride is intended to encourage use of the University’s Bike Program and to encourage students to commute ‘green’, as Rutgers-Newark seeks to establish an environmentally friendly commuting culture.
Riders will meet at the new Rutgers-Newark Bicycle Park, located at 154 University Avenue, Newark, New Jersey on the Rutgers University – Newark campus.
The event aims to promote “biking” as an active means of commuting and also as a healthy recreational activity. It is scheduled during the free period of the Rutgers-Newark students. The Cherry Blossom Bike Ride is designed to encourage “green” commuting behavior in addition to enlightening the Rutgers-Newark students on the recreational possibilities that the City of Newark has to offer. Representatives from Brick City Bike Collective, Newark Bike Exchange and the Rutgers Police and Public Safety department will share awareness tips about biking, bike areas within the City of Newark and safety with the riders.
CTPS has established facilities such as loaner bikes, bike lockers and the bike park for the Rutgers-Newark community to avail and enjoy the benefits of biking.
So far only the young cherry trees have begun the bloom and are budding. The cherry blossoms will probably be in full bloom during the later week of the festival. It is worth the visit.