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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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Livingston Senior and Community Center, Livingston

204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, NJ. This playground is located right next to the Community Center. We haven’t explored the center, but we did go to the playground. Great for a cloudy day since there is no shade, completely fenced. Great sandbox, and toddler area with sandbox but no sand toys, so bring your own. Livingston

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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.Â

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).Â

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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Van Saun Park, Paramus, NJ

From “The Bergen County Playground Guide” ADDRESS: Forest Ave & Continental Ave DIRECTIONS: NJ-4 E to Forest Ave. Turn right off of the exit and merge onto Forest Ave. Entrance to the park and zoo is approximately 2 miles down on the right. DESCRIPTION: Van Saun Park is one of the largest playgrounds we’ve

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Cape May County Zoo, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

As part of our Ocean City vacation in June 2008, we stopped at the Cape May County Zoo which was a half hour away, here are some pictures. Note that the train is a very short ride, and is very tiny so not comfortable for adults, not much sight

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Lyndhurst Town Park, Lyndhurst, NJ

From “The Bergen County Playground Guide”: ADDRESS: 367 Valley Brook Ave DIRECTIONS: NJ-3 E to the Park Ave/Riverside Ave exit. Turn left onto Rutherford Ave. Turn right onto Delafield Ave. DESCRIPTION: The best of the best! This playground is awesome. As you enter the park you feel like you’re on vacation. There is an

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Littell People’s Park, Livingston, NJ

Located right by Livingston High School, Robert Harp Drive, you can park at the swim club parking lot adjacent to Littell People’s Park playground. This is a very popular park in Livingston, and my kids loved the ramps. It is a great shady little playground, with a generous amount of sand toys for the

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Community Playground of Montville, NJ

Change Bridge Road, Montville, NJ. Thanks to my friend Allison Barbag for this recommendation. Very nice huge playground, our kids had a lot of fun today there. This is the biggest one I’ve seen in NJ yet. Great for pre-school and school-age kids. If you like slides, this has a giant one! Check out the

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Brookside School, Cranford, NJ

700 Brookside Place, Cranford, NJ.Â

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

Off-limits during school hours.Â

Very clean, parking is limited to the street.

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Taylor Park, Millburn, NJ

Main St. and Taylor St., Millburn, NJ. A favorite shady park in Millburn, NJ with plenty of benches. Fenced in, and 3 main playground structures. They have a sandbox but no toys. there is a co-op nursery adjacent to the park, and a bench. Adjacent to the playground is a very nice walking area. Information

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Walton School Playground, Springfield, NJ

Walton School, Frank Racioppi Park-

601 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ.Â

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.Â

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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Mindowaskin Park Westfield, NJ

N. Euclid Avenue, Westfield, NJ located close to town center. I would definitely go to Mindowaskin Park  for meeting with friends, downtown Westfield is perfect for strolling and getting a bite to eat. There’s a great little toy store in the area, Thinka dinka right on Broad Street. Beautiful playground nearby a brook, kept

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Henshaw & Tooker Pl., Springfield, NJ

Henshaw & Tooker Pl.,

Note: This post may need some updating, I haven’t checked it out myself, but Springfield has recently updated some of their parks.

Springfield NJ is a wonderful town, with many little playgrounds.

This little one is a small weathered playground, with basketball courts and tennis courts.Â

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Irwin Park, Springfield, NJ

Update 6.2.2012:

This playground was recently redone or relocated. It is used mostly when there is a baseball game going on. Unfortunately they took out the little plane. I will need to revisit to post what has changed. Tennis courts and ball field is still there. Pretty quiet street to bike ride around.

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