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A Gazebo Grows At Watchung

Watchunggazeboinstallatio Are we going to have to start a gazebo category? First, there was Glen Ridge's gazebo. Then in today's Montclair Times, a story about a couple who got engaged and then later married in the gazebo that once stood on the grounds of the Marlboro Inn. Now, a new gazebo is being installed at Watchung Plaza today (photos by our man Scot Surbeck), although the location selected appears to be a tight squeeze. A little moment of zen before boarding a DeCamp bus, perhaps. A gal on the scene doesn't quite know what to make of it...


May 12, 2005 in Seen around town | Permalink


Hmm. Not sure I like that location. I have a hard enough time getting my double-wide stroller through there as is. Another obstacle isn't going to help.

Posted by: TwinDad | May 12, 2005 2:27:50 PM

TwinDad, maybe we can get them to build a pedestrian bridge that goes over the gazebo, with a switch-back ramp on either side for strollers.

Posted by: walleroo | May 12, 2005 4:29:04 PM

i like the idea of a sheltered spot where people can sit if it is raining or if the sun is glaring.

Posted by: fran | May 12, 2005 9:03:41 PM

The gazebo is the wrap up to the project I started in my term as Second Ward Councilor in coordination with the Merchants Association. The decision to go with this instead of a "regular" bus shelter was made is that it would be a nice finishing touch for the Plaza and protect folks from the elements when waiting for a bus.


Posted by: Ed Remsen | May 12, 2005 9:09:08 PM

I LOVE the gazebo!!!! (sorry but I HATE the double-wide strollers that are now taking over Montclair sidewalks because couples wait to long to have kids and need fertility treatments that produce litters...but I digress.)Gazebos are extremely beautiful and are MUCH better than your typical bus shelter. Hooray to Ed for getting this done!

Posted by: brenda | May 12, 2005 11:11:33 PM

Another well-intentioned but incompletely thought-out Montclair idea. Didn't anyone consider measuring the space where that thing was going? Oh, and by the way, some of us still have our litters the regular way. Although we are out of the stroller phase, 3 kids within a year came about without any fertility treatments...

Posted by: Rob | May 12, 2005 11:18:43 PM

Because it is just sitting on the ground, we can move it if it proves to be in a bad spot. Not a big deal. Let's see how it goes.

Posted by: Ed Remsen | May 13, 2005 7:54:43 AM

Well it is a lot nicer than the (does anyone remember?) hideous "artsy-modern-conglomeration" bus shelter that at one time was proposed.

Posted by: Right of Center | May 13, 2005 9:13:15 AM

Mayor Ed, is there any such thing as an uncontroversial act in Montclair public life? I'm beginning to think not.

Posted by: walleroo | May 13, 2005 11:24:02 AM

As my dear old Grandmum (RIP) used to say:

"You'd bitch if the hangman used a new rope around your neck!"

Posted by: Right of Center | May 13, 2005 11:42:38 AM

Just in time for Sunday's Tour de Montclair in Watchung Plaza! Mayor Remson, I assume we'll see you again this year?

Posted by: Alex | May 13, 2005 1:14:59 PM

I agree the location is a little odd.
As for the double strollers, how terribly inconvenient for you to have to step to the side every once in a while.

Posted by: caazoo | May 13, 2005 3:46:50 PM


I'm hoping to be there and got a new bike to boot. How do you think I keep this finely chiseled body the way it is?

And yeah, lighten up on the gazebo-bashing. I went there this morning and there is plenty of room to maneuver any reasonably-sized vehicle. I think it looks great and so do 99% of the people who've commented on it.

Posted by: Ed Remsen | May 13, 2005 6:59:49 PM

As a daily commuter, I like the Gazebo,... but it isn't level. Sorry, but from my perspective (as you approach from Park Street), the Gazebo is listing a bit. Can someone check with the contractor that did the installation ???????

Posted by: Joann | May 16, 2005 2:18:46 PM

joann, i think the problem is actually with your rear shocks...

Posted by: walleroo | May 16, 2005 3:44:43 PM

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