Mercer Meadows

Lawrence and Hopewell, New Jersey




ETM was appointed by the Mercer County Park Commission to lead a park-wide master planning effort for this 1,600-acre passive recreation park that spans Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County.


ETM led a team of archeologists, engineers, ecologists, and public information designers to create a comprehensive vision for this regional open space. The team efforts culminated in an interpretive vision for the park that included landscape management recommendations, park-wide signage and way-finding, updated trail networks, community access, rich historical site interpretation, and much needed visitor amenities.


Following the master planning effort, ETM was commissioned to refine and implement an initial phase of priority projects identified in the master plan.


Implementation efforts focused on enhancing the identity, access, and use of the park through creative design. The park was given a new name—“Mercer Meadows”— to brand it with a new identity that was supported with a comprehensive family of park signage and site elements. Park-wide landscape management plans were created to improve the park's ecology and enhance the region’s most significant grounds for nesting and migratory birds.  Park access was greatly improved through the re-establishment of several miles of multi-use trails, defining the existing Lawrence-Hopewell Trail, and the renovation of existing parking areas.  Several interpretive exhibits and signage elements were designed to educate visitors of the fascinating farming and telecommunications history on the site. Several much-needed visitor amenities were also constructed including custom shade structures and rest areas, waterless restrooms, stormwater bio-retention areas, a children’s play area, and an off-leash dog park.


The outstanding success of the project can be seen by the significant increase of park use by both man and beast.  Mercer Meadows is now one of the most popular passive recreation parks in central New Jersey.


The project won an NJASLA Environmental Enhancement Award in 2016.