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Ralston Playground, Mendham, NJ (Ralston)

UPDATE 4/28/2014-  This park is closed temporarily! from mendham township org site: Residents are advised that due to safety issues resulting from this past winter’s severe weather, the Township has temporarily closed the Ralston playground.  The issues requiring the closure are under evaluation by Township staff and the playground designer. A plan/timetable for the reopening will not be known until this evaluation has been complete.  We regret the inconvenience caused by this closure and ask your patience as we work to address the safety concerns at this recreation facility.” http://www.mendhamtownship.org/cit-e-access/News/index.cfm?NID=33769&TID=77&jump2=0

In the vicinity (east) of Jane Terrace and W. Mendham Rd., Mendham, NJ.  About 8 miles west from Morristown (Washington St. & Western Ave).. Haven’t seen a more sprawled out playground like this in NJ yet. I think the mere structures are worth the trip, very well done.  Kids have a great time here, with a huge sandbox.  If you are headed to Chester for pumpkin picking, it is a great place to stop by.  Can’t recall the restroom situation, except that there is definitely a portapotty there.. but I’m I think the pictures say it all… From Amy’s listing:

From 287 take exit #36 which is Morris Ave/Lafayette Ave/Ridgedale Ave in Morristown. Exit onto Lafayette Ave. Stay straight to go under the train trestle. Bear right to go onto Morris Ave. Bear left onto E Park Pl. Turn right onto E Park Pl. Turn left onto N Park Pl. Turn right onto Route 24 (Washington St.) Continue to follow Route 24 West alittle more than 6 miles from Morristown into Mendham. The playground is on your left.

Very clean fenced in playground with newer equipment, multi-tiered sandbox and spider web climbing structure. Built with a quaint colonial country theme that includes signage explaining how businesses were run (general store, farm, etc.) during colonial times. Constructed of wood, plastic and trex materials.

Parking: Small dirt lot
Picnicking: A few tables near the playground area and a small gazebo with benches
Handicap: Two red chair swings, park area itself is wheelchair accessible but not all equipment, if you can navigate the mulch, a wheelchair can be pulled up to elevated portion of sandbox for easy play
Climbing: Large rope climbing structure, rope wall, corkscrew pole, ladders, hanging wooden ladders, handles, foothold climbing wall, tires to climb, ramps, stairs, large pyramid shaped rope climbing structure, tubes, drawbridge, repeller
Playthings: Steering wheels, wooden train, small buildings for pretend play, call boxes
Sandbox: Big sandbox with toys
Slides: Two corkscrew, one half-pipe, four toddler
Swings: Three full size, three toddler, two chair, one tire
Walking Paths: Throughout the playground area

Make a Day of It
Drive the short distance into Chester for tons of shopping and entertainment options or take in more of the available nature and parks in Mendham by visiting Lewis Morris Park or the Schiff Nature Reserve.

11 comments to Ralston Playground, Mendham, NJ (Ralston)

  • sararall

    Thanks for the recommendation, we checked this one out today, and when we drove up, my daughter said, “now THAT’s a playground!” She was right, too. Very nice, with a shady gazebo in front.

    One note, though, out at the street the sign says Wysong park.

  • Jeff

    One other note there is no source for water at this playground so bring some drinks.

  • Janet

    9/19/09

    Ralston playground is a nice park to visit. It is located behind a firehouse on Washington rd pass the Kings in Mendam. My children loved the swings and slides. Also, they have a pretty cool sandbox and wooden train structure that was fun for my 19 month old son to play in. My 9 yr old really had fun meeting new friends and building a track and in the sand. It is a clean park with alot of different slides and swings. Have fun!

  • Rachel

    I am new to the area and am having a hard time figuring out where this park is located. Any suggestions? I live in Pottersville (off 206).

  • admin

    from http://www.nnrandolph.org/mommyandme/todo.htm

    “This park is located behind Wysong Field on Route 24 in Mendham. Heading away from Mendham on Route 24 towards Chester, it is located on the left side of the road behind a pale yellow fire house after passing Ironia Road on the right and Roxiticus Road on the left.”

  • Dave

    GPS coordinates LAT 40.771360 LONG -74.626620

  • John

    A street address really should be required when posting a playground.

    This playground is located at the 2nd driveway past (East of) the following house:

    324 Mendham Rd W
    Mendham, NJ

  • admin

    Thanks John! We really appreciate your add-ins for the playgrounds we missed addresses for.. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  • 123

    320 Mendham Rd W, Mendham, NJ 07945

  • Stelly

    Drove up on 5/31/16 and it was roped off and closed. 🙁

  • Stelly

    Still closed. 🙁

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