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Colonial Park, Franklin, NJ

Update 5/8/2012

Good news!

Playground is open!!!

From Fortunato: “Playground is open, and it’s great. A completely new playground, really nothing left of the old one at all. . Lots of climbing, swinging and see-sawing. Only one slide, though, on the toddler side. Covered picnic tables in the middle for snacking — once the minigolf and paddle boats open later tis month it’ll be crowded, but looks like it will become a favorite playground for the kids. See you all there!”

And we have a ‘Roving Reporter Video’ special edition from David A. Dein! 

For his roving reporter submission, David A. Dein earns passes to Asbury Park Splash Park!  To find out how you can earn tickets, check out our roving reporter post


More details to follow!!!!
Original posting is below, pictures are no longer applicable, when we get new ones we’ll replace the old ones!

Oh Dear!  This playground as of 3/2012 is under construction…Sorry Penny, Das and David!

Colonial Drive, Franklin NJ.  Look for Mettlers Road, and the Somerset County Parks Website for directions and all the amenities this Somerset County park has to offer!  Thanks Anthony B. for the recommendation!  Nice quiet park, very nice grounds, and I’m sure locals can get you more details we were just passing by so didn’t get a chance to fully explore.  There is also a touch and smell garden, can’t wait to revisit! And the paddleboats are something to look forward to this summer :) Please comment if you’ve been in this park.  Attached are the pictures we were able to take.

Update- We did go to play mini golf there too!! Colonial Park Franklin Mini Golf Course

13 comments to Colonial Park, Franklin, NJ

  • sararall

    Colonial park has a nice, shady playground with a fairly large sand box, walking distance to paddle boat rental and a minigolf course. There are ponds and walking paths, and several nice gardens (roses, scent, etc.) in another section of the park.

  • admin

    mini golf? I’m there!

  • Sharon

    We absolutely love Colonial Park, and are lucky enough to live really close by. In the summer, definitely check out the rose and sensory gardens, which have been closed since last summer for refurbishing. Also, there is an amazing perennial garden, in the same section of the park (across Metlars). My daughters and I try to visit the perennial garden several times a week during the spring and early summer to watch the amazing changes as the flowers bloom and grow.

    Also, the walking path is a great way to get a post-picnic work out, as long as you don’t mind if your kids stop to “work out” at all the posts along the way. ;)

  • Stephanie

    We live about a mile from the park. The playground is great- there are climbers, slides and swings that are appropriate for both younger and older children. It can get fairly crowded in nice weather. Plenty of parking. Walking path is nice. Lots of open space to explore too (big open field is great for flying kites). Gardens are beautiful.

    The D&R canal state park is adjacent to the west end of Colonial Park, and a footbridge has recently been installed so that you can cross from CP to the canal towpath- very nice!

  • Sara

    Not a playground, but the D&R canal towpath (here off Colonial Park, and the other sections as well) is a great place to hike with kids. Flat, shady and always something interesting to see.

  • Sara B

    Today was our first time there, my daughter wouldnt let us leave the playground to explore the rest of the park. When I did convince her to leave (ice cream was included in the convincing) we were able to drive thru part of the park, it was lovely. A great place to take your children for a hour or a all day trip.

  • Gramma Kaye

    Playground at Colonial Park is gone. A new one is in the process of being built. I don’t know when it is scheduled to be completed. I will update as soon as I have more info.

  • Gramma Kaye

    I recently came across this site regarding the new playground at colonial park.The new facility looks really interesting – very different. We can’t wait until it’s finished so we can try it out!
    http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/colonial/CP_Playground.html

  • David A. Dein

    Not a review, just a comic observation when we showed up at the CLOSED Colonial Park Playground. The park Ranger we spoke too told us it should be finished sometime in April and that it’s gonna be huge. They’ve also finished off a really cool looking Gazebo. Can’t wait to see what they do with the space.

  • David A. Dein

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/elVoGXM6XNU

    Not a review, just a comic observation when we showed up at the CLOSED Colonial Park Playground. The park Ranger we spoke too told us it should be finished sometime in April and that it’s gonna be huge. They’ve also finished off a really cool looking Gazebo. Can’t wait to see what they do with the space.

  • David A. Dein

    Heard a rumor that the new playground is completed. So if it’s dry me and my kids will be heading over tomorrow.

  • Fortunato

    Playground is open, and it’s great. A completely new playground, really nothing left of the old one at all. . Lots of climbing, swinging and see-sawing. Only one slide, though, on the toddler side. Covered picnic tables in the middle for snacking — once the minigolf and paddle boats open later tis month it’ll be crowded, but looks like it will become a favorite playground for the kids. See you all there!

  • David A. Dein

    http://youtu.be/mGYQB7nBkJU – I did a video review of our visit to the park today.

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