Editor’s Note: Thanks to Maureen for submitting this review of a brand new park in Scotch Plains that includes a water playground!! Maureen will be adding a few more pictures once there is some nicer weather! For her submission Maureen earns 2 passes to IMAGINE THAT!!! Children’s Museum in Florham Park, NJ. If you want to earn tickets to Imagine That!!!, click here to find out more about our Roving Reporter Promotion.
Ponderosa farm (located on 1600 Cooper Road, Scotch Plains NJ) is a beautiful 23-acre park (opened June 2012) has two large playgrounds (one for older kids and one for younger kids). There are swings, rock climbing walls, multiple slides, tunnels and rope climbing sculptures. My three year old loved the ‘big boy’ playground – climbing up the rock walls and going down the tunnel slides. He walked across the safe and secure rope walk too. My one year old daughter enjoyed the swing but I imagine we will be back very soon for her to explore the ‘little ones’ playground. This playground is great for one and two year olds… and they can feel more secure being away from the big kids. In the middle of all the playgrounds is a large water playground. All of this sits on a very soft and colorful turf.
In addition, there are two soccer/multi-use fields, walking path, picnic tables and public restrooms. The landscaping is beautiful and the windy path into the playground area has beautiful lamp posts.
Tell us about the playground equipment:
Recommended Ages: Great for all ages – One playground for 3-12 year olds and a child playground for 1-3 year olds
Climbing: Rope monument, Rock climbing walls, monkey bars
Playthings: Spinning puzzles, tunnels, farm “castles”
Slides: Toddler slides
Swings: Big kid, bucket swings and swings for disabled
Parking: Larger parking near the playground area
Picnicking: Picnic tables scattered
Bathrooms: Large indoor bathrooms right next to the playground
Handicap Accessibility: yes
Sports Fields: 2 soccer fields
Walking Paths: Nicely paved walking paths
Other Cool Stuff: water playground
SPRAYGROUND HOURS (from 2013, currently confirming for 2014) 11am-7pm (approximately) according to Union County Parks.
Make a Day of It: Town of Westfield is 1 mile away – walk around town and go shopping, for pizza and ice-cream. It is a very family-friendly town. There is a Trader Joe’s too!
Update- Made a quick video of this newest attraction!