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Pine Street Park, Roselle NJ (Bud Simmons Park and Sprayground)

Hey there it is 2013, and we finally ventured to a new playground and it was lovely. This new park in Roselle was recently opened this summer and boasts a sprinkler area where the kids can cool off. Thanks to our friends at MRC and Gametime they clued us in on this gem!

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The Loop Playground, Watchung Reservation, Mountainside (2012)

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Stacey Maisch for submitting this review of one of my newest favorite parks! Stacey blogs regularly on “From Grind to Whine”. Check out her bio below! For her submission Stacey earns 4 tickets to Asbury Splash Park. If you want to earn tickets to this perfect summer spot, click here to

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Ponderosa Farm, Scotch Plains NJ

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

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Summer Movies in the Park 2012- Union County Edition

We love movies at the park! Family Fun Flix was great last year, and this year they are back thanks to Union County Parks and Recreation. This year’s movies are held at Warinanco, Meisel Park in Springfield and Conant Park in Hillside. Link to their site

“Family Fun begins at 7:30 and movies begin when

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Lions Park, New Providence

After a facebook fan commented that this was her favorite park, that isn’t too far from my house, I was delighted to take my 3yo there. Lions Park is a shady park with equipment for both pre-school and school-age children. It has some great equipment to climb on picnic tables and benches and 2 sets

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Clark Municipal Park, Clark NJ

Clark Municipal Park (also known as Fun Time Junction Kiddie Park) (430 Westfield Avenue, Clark NJ) is a completely fenced in park that is ideal for little ones who love to climb and play pretend. We had fun taking the pictures below on a beautiful fall day. Benches are scattered in the park, and the

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Patriot Park Springfield NJ

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Lara at TwiceBlessedLife.com for covering this small quiet park, that was just built this summer! For this park, Lara receives Imagine That!!! passes from our Roving Reporter promotion! Make sure you check out Lara’s blog on raising twins.

Patriot Park is located approximately at 83 Wabeno Avenue, in Springfield NJ.

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Summer Movies in the Park 2011- Union County Edition

Last summer we had attended a movie in the park, and the kids had a great time, this summer I wanted to include what was going on by county. Family Fun Flix was great last year, and this year they are back thanks to Union County Parks and Recreation. Information from our site on Warinanco,

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Acker Park, Roselle Park NJ

Acker Park is a hidden gem that is located on the intersection of Lehigh Avenue and Woodland Avenue in Roselle Park. This park was recently funded and renovated.

It is completely fenced, although the main entrance is kept open during park hours.

I found this virtual tour of Acker Park Playground.

Picnicking: 2 picnic tables

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Snyder Ave. Park, Berkeley Heights, NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall-

Snyder Ave. Park, just north of the train tracks (and a few blocks south of Springfield Ave.) on Snyder Ave. in Berkeley Heights, Union Co. just opened in October 2010. The playground is set back from the road and completely surrounded by a fence (with 2 gates). The surface is

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Memorial Park, Scotch Plains

1255 Hetfield Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Quiet place, but a good amount of ramps, winding around for kids to run around and various slides in this playground.

See pics below.

2 sets of swings in the lower area, and ball field is on the other side.

You can also grill

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Lincoln Park, Cranford, NJ

Lincoln Ave E & Retford Ave, Cranford, NJ

Since I started writing for the Cranford version of the Patch, (my neighboring town) I will be in the area more often. Talking with the Parks and Recreation staff at the Community Center, they suggested that I visit Lincoln Park as the best playground area in

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Esposito Park, Clark, NJ

 

Approximate address: 659 Madison Hill Rd., Clark, NJ. In between Garden State Parkway and Hazelnut Cemetery.

Esposito Park was opened in October, 2008 and has a great skate park as well as a big spongy floor fenced playground area. Here is an excerpt from NJ.COM “Esposito Farm Park was designed with community

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Columbia Park, Berkeley Heights, NJ

Hamilton Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ. (near Plainfield Ave. intersection)

Thanks Rachel for this recommendation, my oldest had a great time especially with the monkey bars which still make me nervous!

Some of the mothers that were there said they were appreciative of some of the newer equipment but they skimped out on

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Tamaques Park, Westfield, NJ

1515 Lamberts Mill Road, Westfield, NJ. Hello Union County, my shady friend, I always come back to you. So I had visited this friend with a long-time college buddy and her 2 lovely girls. I think I told her about how much I loved the shade in this park about 5 times. 2 playgrounds, one

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Wilson Park, Summit, NJ

14 Beekman Terrace, Summit, NJ-

Link to Park

Talk about fun exploring, my kids really enjoyed this park. Great little park for younger kids, at first when I visited, I didn’t see that there was a playground (with rubber surface) that actually belongs to the school (open after 3pm to the public)

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Morris-Union Jointure Playground, New Providence, NJ

340 Central Avenue, New Providence NJ.

Only open to public after 6pm on weekdays, and all-day on weekends.

Got this great find for children with special needs through the Kid’s Guide publication for NJ.

This is adjacent to the Developmental Learning Center (DLC), of New Providence which is administered by the

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Memorial Park, Westfield, NJ

713 Cumberland Street, Westfield, NJ. Thanks to kids guide for the information regarding special needs: This park was built by Greg Rayn, Jr. in 2004 for his Boy Scout Eagle project.

It is wheelchair-accessible with rubber surfacing with 4 special needs swings. Not as popular as Mindowaskin Park, this quiet little park is adjacent

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Chisholm Park, Springfield, NJ

South Springfield Avenue and Shunpike Road, Springfield, NJ. UPDATED 6/3/09- Chisholm Park is newly renovated!!!! 175K was or is being used to update some of Springfield’s playgrounds including this one. Very nicely done, could use a few more benches, but the boys had a great time here. Very active with kids, and a huge

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Greenside Playground, Scotch Plains, NJ

Westfield Road and Greenside Place, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Update: Thanks to Laurie’s Roving Reporter submission she updates us with the newly renovated park! For this submission she gets passes to Asbury Park’s Splash Park! Want to earn free passes too? Click here to find out how! Here is her review:

Greenside Playground is still a

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Phil Rizzuto Park, Union, Elizabeth, Hillside NJ

Phil Rizzuto Park is accessible at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Trotters Lane in Elizabeth NJ. Update- this park spans 3 cities; according to City of Elizabeth Website http://www.elizabethnj.org/parks_recreation.html :

“The County of Union also recently opened Phil Rizzuto Park on the borders of Elizabeth/Union/Hillside in honor of the New York Yankee Hall-of-Fame

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Mabie Playground, Summit, NJ

Update: No more bocce here, they have replaced the bocce court with swing sets. Hope the gentlemen found a new place to play! Summit Ave. and Broad Street, Summit NJ.

What a nice group of gentlemen I met today playing bocce. Lovely and popular playground, with some fencing to prevent the kids running

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Memorial Field, Summit, NJ

Tulip St. and Ashland Avenue, Summit, NJ (around that area, you can’t miss it, but have to do a little circling to find this shady playground).

Talked to a nice lady there who likes this playground very much, because of the shade, and the children enjoy it. Conveniently, there are bathrooms right next

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Brookside School, Cranford, NJ

700 Brookside Place, Cranford, NJ.

Thanks to a suggestion from a babycenter.com, I ventured close to Nomahegan park and found this elementary school playground by Brookside Place.

Off-limits during school hours.

Very clean, parking is limited to the street.

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Walton School Playground, Springfield, NJ

Walton School, Frank Racioppi Park-

601 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ.

Walton is our elementary school close by, and it has a great playground that is pretty new. While school is in session, you can’t go there, but after school, and in the summer, it is a great place to visit.

The

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Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ- (Historical Reference)

***For reference only, please check this link for the new post on The Loop Playground for the latest pictures and photos.***

5/30/2012- All is opened except for one section. Stacey will be sending us a new post soon!

4/14/2012- update we took video- check it out here, looking good!

HERE IS THE NEWS ARTICLE

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La Grande Park, Fanwood, NJ

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Echo Lake Park, Mountainside, NJ

Near Park Dr. and Mill Lane intersection, Mountainside, NJ

Winter Update: Great sledding at Echo Lake, we included some pictures in our gallery below. I wrote an article about sledding around the Springfield NJ area for the local Patch, so check it out here, they include some pictures at Echo Lake as well.

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Nomahegan Park, Cranford, NJ

The following is part of an article I had written for the Cranford Patch, back in September of 2009, since then Nomahegan Park continues to be a favorite for our family. Located on 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford NJ, Nomahegan is situated right across from Union County College. If you like to run, the Firecracker Four

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Warinanco Park, Roselle, NJ

2/2012 Update:

Here are the latest photos from Warinanco, this playground is located right by the skating center. We had such a great time, and so did the other kids and parents at this park. Lots of stuff to climb on including the triangular three-tiered structure. 2 swings and 2 baby swings, as well as

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