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Bee Meadow Park, Whippany, NJ

Editor’s Note: We’ve recently added a new classification for SSEQ (Small Safe Enclosed Quiet) playgrounds and this one fits the bill according to one of our fans. Thanks to all the fans and readers for their input, we truly appreciate it and so do the parents looking for these great gems! Have a comment

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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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Manor Park, Kearny NJ

6/2011 Thanks to Sharon, we have the latest pictures of Coogan/Manor Park in Kearny NJ! All old pictures have been deleted and the descriptions have been replaced by Sharon’s review. Thanks to Abbie for pointing out that this park was completely redone!

For more information on Kearney parks, check out their park website. If

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Borough Park, South Plainfield NJ

Another guest post by Sara Rall!

Borough Park on Elm St. by Lakeview Ave. in South Plainfield, Middlesex County is a sunny ball field with a playground among the trees at the far end.

The equipment is aging but still in good shape. There is a long metal and plastic play

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Woodland School, Morris Township NJ

Woodland School located on Johnston Drive, Convent Station, in Morris Township.

Two playgrounds on one school grounds. Really cool paved area with drawings and lots of games. Newer equipment is in the back of the school.

Route 287 to Madison Ave. Turn towards the Hospital. Just past the Hospital turn right onto Turtle

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Bedminster Elementary School, Bedminster NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall:

Bedminster Elementary School is located at 234 Somerville Road, Bedminster (Somerset Co.). It has a terrific, big, sunny playground with lots of interesting equipment.

The main play structure has about 6 different types of climbing walls, several slides, parallel zip lines that one kid can use

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Eisenhower School, Bridgewater NJ

Guest post by Sara Rall!

Eisenhower School is located on 791 Eisenhower Avenue in Bridgewater (Somerset Co.). It is another of Bridgewater’s spectacular school playgrounds.

This one is a beautiful and unusual wooden playground, with a gazebo connected by a ramp to the main play structure. There are many slides, interesting

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Small Safe Enclosed and Quiet Playgrounds

Maxwell Park, Hoboken

Update- 3/27/2011- I was able to capture the comments up till now, and created a listing for all SSEQ playgrounds. However, I still need your help: a few of the playgrounds in the comments don’t have photos or descriptions yet on our website (Oakland, Pacifico-Gallo), email me if you have some!

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Loantaka Brook Reservation Recreation Area, Morris Twp.

Loantaka Brook Reservation Recreation Area is located approximately on 500 South Street in Morris Township, NJ

Description: Diverse park. Wonderful for playdates, picnics, walking, hosting a birthday party, bringing the dog, bike-riding, roller-skating and flying kites. The playground is well-shaded, clean, and toddler-friendly.

Directions: From Interstate 287: Turn onto South Street, heading away from

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Hillcrest School, Morris Township

Hillcrest School located on 160 Hillcrest Avenue, in Morris Township, NJ.

Three playgrounds at one school, good for toddlers on up. Upper field has a full fitness center for older kids and ball fields. Nicely mulched and/or rubber or grass ground cover in all play areas.

Route 287 to Lafayette Ave, exit

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Morris Township Children’s Playground, Morris Twp.

Morris Township Children’s Playground, Knollwood Dr and Khadena Dr, Morris Township, NJ

Nicely spread out, shaded, neighborhood park. The equipment is scattered throughout a wooded grove. Grass and mulch ground cover. Great if you have toddlers and kids up to age 12 – challenges for everyone!

Route 287 to Lafayette Ave, exit 36B.

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Alfred Vail School Playground, Morris Township

Alfred Vail School is located on 125 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Township NJ.

Multiple play areas at one school. Walking distance to shops and restaurants. School has a “Play it Safe” campaign underway to raise money for re-building the play areas.

Route 287 to Lafayette Ave. Straight through 1st light. Under train trestle, right onto

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Playground Blogging is not just NJ

It was refreshing to find a whole playground fanbase here in NJ, and I thank everyone for spreading the word. It’s pretty inspiring to know that the idea of publishing free places to play is global, and I’m happy to share the ones I’ve communicated with and also have been contacted about. So if you

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Woodbourne Park, Wantage NJ

Woodbourne Park is located on Corner of Berry Rd & Sherman Ridge Rd in Wantage NJ.

DESCRIPTION: A sprawling, full-sun playground with a variety of sports fields, playthings, and a walking path.

DIRECTIONS: Take Rte 15 seven miles north of Sparta and then follow CR-565/Ross Corner-Sussex Rd to the right for

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Clifton E. Lawrence School, Wantage, NJ

Clifton E. Lawrence School is located on 31 Ryan Rd, Wantage, NJ in Sussex County.

DESCRIPTION: The largest, most diverse school playground we’ve encountered in Sussex and Warren County. The landscape is dotted with a wide variety of play structures and toys, and includes a fenced-in toddler area.

DIRECTIONS: From NJ-15

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Ironia Elementary School, Randolph NJ

Ironia Elementary School is located on 303 Dover Chester Rd, Randolph NJ Some shade and somewhat sparse ground cover. Lots of climbing available and steep slides.

Directions From NJ 10 W turn left onto Dover Chester Rd/CR 513 and continue for a little more than 2 miles.

Parking: Medium Climbing: Hanging steering wheels, two

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Fernbrook Elementary School, Randolph NJ

Fernbrook Elementary School is located on 206 Quaker Church Rd, Randolph, NJ.

Description This school features two playgrounds – a smaller one in the front and to the side and a larger one in the back.

Directions From NJ 10W turn right onto Millbrook Ave and left onto Quaker Church Rd. The

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Shongum Elementary School, Randolph, NJ

Shongum Elementary School is located on 9 Arrow Pl in Randolph, NJ

Description

Small shady playground in the front of the school, larger equipment around the back of the school.

Directions

From Route 10W take the jug handle just prior to Littleton Rd/US 202 (Wendy’s on your right) to turn left and cross over

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Freedom Park, Randolph NJ

Freedom Park is located on Millbrook Ave, in Randolph, NJ.

Description

A large and busy sports facility with a great playground at its entrance. The playground has some really unique playthings. It’s a great spot for a weekday play-date with a very large picnicking gazebo just off the parking lot. Very busy during the

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Center Grove Elementary School, Randolph, NJ

Center Grove Elementary School is located on 25 School House Rd in Randolph, NJ.

Description

Brand new very large playgrounds with some really cool features like a spider web climbing structure, suspended steps underneath a drawbridge and dual corkscrew slides.

Directions

Route 10W to Center Grove Rd. Turn left onto Center Grove and go up

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Lewis Morris County Park, Morris Township, NJ

Lewis Morris Park is located on 270 Mendham Rd in Morris Township, NJ.

Directions

From I-287 take exit 36 which is the CR510/Laffayette Ave exit. Stay straight to go under the train trestle toward Morris Ave. Turn right at Morris and go through the light and at top of the hill make a right

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Morris Plains Community Park, Morris Plains

Morris Plains Community Park is located on 51 Jim Fear Dr in Morris Plains, NJ.

Directions: Take 287 to Route 10 and exit towards Whippany/Dover. Turn onto Littleton Drive (Route 202) on same side as the Super Stop & Shop (left if traveling West.) Turn left at the light onto Malapardis Road and then

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