Alliene S. D. Johnson Garden Room
The Alliene S. D. Johnson Garden Room is loacted in Davis-Johnson Parks & Gardens. The new Garden Room was dedicated on May 1, 2004. The Garden Room facility consists of a large meeting room, greenhouse, small kitchen and restrooms. The Garden Room is available for use by Tenafly based groups, organizations and residents in accordance with Rules and Regulations upon the completion of an Application Form, payment of fees, if applicable, and the submission of a Hold Harmless Agreement, if applicable. Application forms are available at the Department of Public Works or may be downloaded from this web site.
Upon the death of Alliene S.D. Johnson on October 13, 1960, her real property known as 137 Engle Street was bequeathed to her husband, Herbert R. Johnson, who was given a life estate of the property with the understanding that the property would be given to the Borough of Tenafly for use as a public park upon the death of her husband. The Last Will and Testament of Alliene S.D. Johnson provided that if the Borough of Tenafly desired to accept the gift, the Mayor and Council must take proper action to accept the gift of land within 18 months after the death of her husband. On March 25, 1964, Herbert R. Johnson donated four hundred shares of capital stock of Citizens National Bank of Englewood to be held in Trust, known as the A.S.D. Johnson Fund. The trustees were required to invest and reinvest the funds of the Trust to pay over or apply the net income to the Borough of Tenafly from time to time for use for exclusively public purposes. The Trust grew over the years to more than $500,000. The Trust was scheduled to terminate on the 25th anniversary after the death of Mr. Johnson after which the Trustees were required to distribute the principal and accumulated interest. Herbert R. Johnson died on January 13, 1974. On April 9, 1974, the Mayor and Council adopted Ordinance No. 1058 to accept the gift of land. The ordinance required the 5.26 acres to be dedicated for public park purposes and designated as the Davis-Johnson Park. In 1996, the Borough obtained a loan of $1.3 million from the New Jersey Green Acres Program to acquire 1.97 acres adjacent to the park in order to protect the land from proposed development at the time. Upon the termination of the Trust in 1999, the Borough submitted an application to the Trustees of the A.S.D. Johnson Trust seeking to obtain the principal and accumulated interest. The Borough was successful in obtaining $327,000 for the new garden room and park improvements and $61,418 was obtained from the Trust for the Tenafly Nature Center. In October 2002, a contract was awarded for the construction of a new garden room, greenhouse and maintenance garage. Funding from the A.S.D. Johnson Fund and capital bond funding together with a gift in the amount of $20,000 towards the greenhouse from the Tenafly Garden Club financed this project.
The new garden room, greenhouse and maintenance garage replace the greenhouse, garage and meeting room constructed by the Borough in 1979, which replaced the original carriage house on this site shown here.