Phone: 609-522-1638
Fax: 609-522-1141

Park Hours: Posted at each park
Superintendent: Doug Ford

Phone: 609-522-1638
Fax: 609-522-1141

Park Hours: Posted at each park
Superintendent: Doug Ford

The Building and Grounds Department is charged with maintaining the boardwalk, all City buildings and the grounds surrounding them, public parks, parkways, playgrounds, and gardens. These areas enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors by providing open space, the beauty of nature, and recreational opportunities.

Parks and Scenic Areas

Allen Park – 22nd and Delaware avenues – Playground, tennis, street hockey, basketball, gazebo, skateboard park, observation area over wetlands

Hereford Park – 400 Block E. Second Ave. – Passive park with natural vegetation and flower beds. Municipal Amphitheater.

Central Avenue Island – 28 landscaped traffic islands create parkway through the center of town

Oak Avenue – Oak Avenue near Ohio Avenue – Passive Park.
Margaret Mace Park – Central and Spruce avenues – Small passive park with gazebo and flowers dedicated to the island’s first physician

North Wildwood City Hall – 901 Atlantic Ave. – landscaping around a beautiful Federal Revival style building

Bay View Park – Fifth and New York avenues – Municipal boat ramp, sitting, fishing, crabbing area along landscaped bulkhead Veterans Monument Park – Anglesea Drive and Weeks Avenue – Passive park with landscaping and a monument dedicated to veterans of all wars of the USA

Beach Playground – 16th Avenue and Beach – Playground for younger children

Eighth Avenue Field – Eighth and Atlantic avenues – multipurpose athletic field where city sponsored events are held.

Seashore Gardening in North Wildwood

Living at the seashore creates many challenges when it comes to planting and maintaining gardens. The salt air, winds and sandy soil, cause great stress to most plant varieties that would normally thrive on the mainland.

Below is a list of tried and true trees, shrubs and flowers suitable for the seashore. Remember if you are within two blocks of the ocean on the east side or in flood-prone areas on the west, your choices of even these plants will be fewer.

To make things less confusing, we use common plant names only.

Doug Ford, Supt. Of Buildings, Parks & Grounds




The survival of many types of vegetation is difficult on a barrier island community such as the City of North Wildwood. Vegetation has to contend with nutrient poor, sandy soils, frequent northeast coastal storms, strong west winter winds and salt-laden air. These conditions make it difficult for most plants to develop and mature. Vegetation of all types, especially trees and shrubs, is of great value to the City to enhance absorption of run-off back into the soil, reduce air pollution, enhance habitats and stabilize soils. Trees and shrubs can mitigate noise issues and act as a windbreak. Accordingly, conservation of these natural resources is in the public interest, satisfies the purposes of zoning, and benefits those who dwell on and visit the island. The following plant materials are considered to be acceptable for use in the City, provided appropriate planting considerations are accounted for. These species represent a wide variety of plantings, and care must be taken to ensure that proper species selection accounts for growing conditions and purpose. Additionally, species selection shall be predicated upon compliance with other City ordinances that may impact site-specific considerations, including but not limited to air circulation, canopy growth/spread, view sheds, etc.

Shade Trees

Accolade Cherry Prunus sargentii N — C Y

Amanogawa Cherry P. serrulata N — C Y

American Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana 2 — B Y

American Linden Tilia americana 2 S A Y

American Redbud Cercis canadensis 2 S C Y

Aurora Dogwood Cornus “Rutban” C — C Y

Bald cypress Taxodium distichum N — — Y

Blackgum Nyssa sylvatica 1 R D Y

Celestial Dogwood Cornus “Rutdan” C — C Y

Constellation Dogwood Cornus “Rutcan” C — C Y

Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica L N — B Y

Crimson Cloud Hawthorn Rataegus oxycantha N — C Y

Cucumber Tree Magnolia acuminate 2 S C Y

Cumulus Shadblow Amelanchier laevis 2 S C Y

Downy serviceberry Amelanchier arborea 1 — D Y

Green vase Japanese zelkova Zelkova serrata “Green Vase” N — — Y

Hackberry Celtis occidentalis 1 R B Y

Honeylocust Gleditsia triacanthos 1 R A Y

Lavalle hawthorne Crateagus X lavallei C — — Y

Pin oak Quercus palustris 1 — A Y

Red Maple Acer rubrum 1 S A Y

Regent Japanese scholar tree Sophora japonica “Regent” C — — Y

River Birch Betula nigra 1 — B Y

Ruth Ellen Dogwood Cornus “Rutlan” C — C Y

Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea 1 — A Y

Shadblow serviceberry treeform Amelanchier canadensis 1 R D Y

Stellar Pink Dogwood Cornus “Rutgan” C — C Y

Sweetgum Liquidamber styraciflua 1 I — Y

Tulip tree Liriodendron tulipfera 1 — — Y

Umbrella Tree Magnolia tripetala 2 R C Y

White Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida 1 — C Y

White Oak Quercus alba 1 R A Y

Willow oak Quercus phellos 1 — D Y

Evergreen Trees

American arborvitae Thuja occidentalis 2 I N Y

American holly Ilex opaca 1 S D Y

Atlantic white cedar Chamaecyparis thyoides 1 — N Y

Black spruce Picea mariana 2 S D Y

Blue spruce Pi. pungens N R D Y

Eastern red cedar Juniperus virginiana 1 R D Y

Elizabeth Magnolia Magnolia “Elizabeth” C — D Y

Juniper – upright Juniperis chinensis spp. Or Robusta


N — D Y

Leyland cypress Cupressocyparis leylandii N — D Y

Maritime pine Pinus pinaster N I D Y

Monterey pine P. radiata N I D Y

Pitch pine Pinus rigida 1 R N N

Red pine P. resinosa 2 S D Y

Red spruce Picea rubens 2 — D Y

Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora N R D Y

Sweet Bay M. virginiana 1 R D Y

Swiss stone pine Pinus cembra 1 S D Y

Virginia Pine P. virginiana N — D Y

Wanda’s Memory Magnolia Magnolia “Wanda’s Memory” 1 — N Y

White fir Abies concolor C S D Y

White pine Pinus strobus 1 S D Y

White spruce Picea glauca N S D Y



Arrowwood Viburnum dentatum 1 I

Bayberry Morella pennsylvanica (prev. Myrica) 1 R

Beach plum Prunus maritima 1 R

Blackhaw Viburnum prunifolium 1 —

Carolina rose Rosa carolina 1 S

Chinese juniper Juniperus chinensis & cultivars N, C I

Common lilac Syringa vulgaris N —

Common waxmyrtle Morella cerifera formerly Myrica 1 I

Crape myrtle Lagerstroemia indica N S

Groundsel Baccharis halimfolia 1 R

Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla & cultivars N, C —

Inkberry Ilex glabra & cultivars 1, C I

Red chokeberry Aronia arbutfolia 1 I

Shore juniper Juniperus conferta & cultivars N, C I

Summersweet Clethra alnifolia & cultivars 1, C I

Winterberry holly Ilex verticillata 1 S

Experiencing a local tree or vegetation problem? Please reference our Community Forestry Management and Vegetation Management Plans below to see what you may be able to do about it.

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