Parks have always looked to set the scene at the entrances to their parks with elaborate and beautiful landscaping. Quite often topiaries and other unique plantings have been a key part of the entry plazas.
|For the 1976 season Great Adventure relocated its entry plaza to a more centralized location just off the park's main fountain. This new entry portal created two new themed areas - Avenue of the States just inside the main gates and Liberty Court situated between the ticket booths and parking lot. The entire region was a patriotic tribute to America as it celebrated the Bicentennial of the United States. As part of the new Liberty Court, a large central planter was constructed with the park's initials "GA" created in topiary on opposite sides of the inclined mound of earth.
|This massive central island of
greenery lasted for only four seasons before it was removed and replaced
with a new
smaller lower profile island which still exits today. The
smaller planter allowed for better traffic flow in and out of the park
as well as provided for a stacking area for patrons lining up at the
A similar hill planting was created at the edge of the parking lot. That topiary planting also featured the giant "GA" letters for a while and was later changed to feature other logos including the famous Great Adventure rainbow and Bugs Bunny's head.
|Prior to the entrance plaza's recent resurfacing, the outline of the original planter could be found in the concrete. Today the former site of the GA planter is home to a much smaller planter which includes the park's main flagpole.