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Ruckman Park, Closter NJ

Ruckman Park in Closter has a huge playground area with two structures. The older child structure is very tall and has a very steep triple slide. There are also independent rock walls, tunnels, monkey bars, and so much to do. The structure for the little ones isn’t toddler size, but is definitely smaller. Expect

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Highland Memorial Park, Harrington Park NJ

Harrington Park’s Highland Memorial Park has a bright green and red playground in a perfectly shaded location. The play area has some very different equipment that looks like licorice walls and spider webs for the avid climber. There are climbing tunnels and mushroom caps.

ADDRESS: Tappan Rd DIRECTIONS: GSP N to exit 168 Washington/Westwood/HoHoKus.

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Wilde Field, Glen Rock NJ

Glen Rock’s Wilde Field Playground has 3 distinct playground areas. One small toddler fenced in area with Little Tykes equipment. The other two sections are together but for different age groups. The area is nicely shaded under tall trees with lots of climbing. The equipment offers something for everyone with the different levels of

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Brookdale Park, Fair Lawn NJ

Update (4/9/2012) : Fire destroyed this playground in Fair Lawn, NJ, playground closed indefinitely! (via Stacy C. and Fair Lawn Patch article)

Will post update once playground is repaired.

Brookdale Park in Fair Lawn has a great red, white, and blue playground in a residential neighborhood. This playground has a large ramp but also

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Carlock Field, Rochelle Park NJ

Rochelle Park’s Carlock Field is located on Thiem Ave & Berdan St. Carlock field has a new play area located in residential neighborhood with field and recreational building. There are two separate areas for 2- 5 and 5-12. The equipment is shiny and new with loads of climbing. There is a huge rock wall

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Maywood Memorial Park, Maywood NJ

Located on Spring Valley Road and Coolidge Ave., Maywood Memorial Park Playground is a newer equipment playground in a large recreational area. The play area is completely shaded with large trees. The red, green, and white equipment has two different structures with lots of climbing with bridges, steps, and tunnels.


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Staib Park, Hackensack NJ

Located on Summit Ave & Coles Ave in Hackensack NJ, Hackensack Staib Park is a large playground with two play areas for each age group. The toddler area is a smaller version of the larger equipment. Both sections are in full shade. These colorful play areas have climbing sections and lots of slides along

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Frank D. Zaccaria Park, West Paterson, NJ


Thanks to Michelle for our newest roving reporter submission that is in West Paterson, or now currently known as Woodland Park. Thanks to this new promotion with Imagine That!!! we are getting alot more favorites from our NJ Playground Facebook fans!

Michelle’s review:

Zaccaria Park is located in West Paterson

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Darlington County Park, Mahwah NJ

Darlington County Park in Mahwah, located on 600 Darlington Avenue has a playground area located toward the back half of the park and not easily accessible due to a steep slope in the walkway. The structure is fenced in and in full sun overlooking Darlington Lake. There is a ton of climbing and playthings

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Grover Cleveland Park, Essex Fells

The Grover Cleveland Park is located at  Brookside Avenue & Runnymede Road, Essex Fells. You can find a map of the park on the county web-site

This is a gorgeous county park and playground! Visit the County website for more information on it’s history and development

Update: Pokestops at Grover Cleveland Park!

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Bloomingdale Community Playground at Bogue Pond, Bloomingdale NJ

Thanks so much to Eva for another Roving Reporter submission! This playground definitely looks like a worthwile visit, great report Eva! Eva will now earn free passes to Imagine That!!! Museum for her report, see this link to find out how you can get passes too! The Bloomingdale Community Playground at

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Veterans Park, Ridgefield Park, NJ

Veterans Park is located on Overlook Ave & Morningside Ln in Ridgefield Park This bright red and blue playground is hidden at the town’s baseball fields. The play area sits below the parking area and there are steeps steps to take to it. The equipment is all bright and picnewer condition. There are lots

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Hedden Park, Dover, NJ

Hedden Park is located on Reservoir Ave (best entrance for playground) in lovely Dover, NJ.

Playground is hidden in the woods a bit, just past the picnicking area. A very scenic and restful area with a great big picnicking area and a beautiful pond. The playground itself is similar to all playgrounds at

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Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ

Sara has sent me some great finds, and I’m still catching up 🙂 Here’s another great park from her in Bridgewater, check out all our Bridgewater parks, we have a ton thanks to Sara.

Duke Island Park, on Park Drive off Old York Rd. at the southern edge of Bradley Gardens, Bridgewater Twp.,

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Glen Rock Arboretum (Faber Field) Glen Rock, NJ

Update: This park was completely redone. No more wooden structures or metal slides. Thanks to Victoria from the very active North Jersey Moms Meetup Group who sent us these great pictures!!!

Doremus Ave off of Rock Rd, Glen Rock, NJ

DIRECTIONS:Â Â NJ-4 W towards Paterson. Stay straight to go onto NJ-208 N. Slight

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Pepe Field, Boonton NJ

Editor’s Note:Â Lara from TwiceBlessedLife commented that she really enjoyed how in Japan they have barriers in front of the swings so that the kids don’t run up to them.Â

Poppy, one of our FB fans, noted that Boonton has this! Thanks to our recent merge of the Playground Guide, we are able to

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Chubb Park, Chester NJ

Editor’s Note: So about a year ago, I had attempted a Celebrity Poll for NJ Parks. Although follow-up was pretty scarce, we did get a great recommendation from one of my favorite comedians and author, Jim Breuer, a Chester resident via email. I also was lucky enough to meet him at an event at the

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Memory Park, Newton, NJ

Editor’s Note: Another great park by Amy’s Playground Guide from Sussex/Warren counties! I also wanted to acknowledge, Thomas Russo, the Town Manager of Newton, who I’ve been lucky to meet at a NJ Social Media conference awhile back. If you take a look at the Newton Town Website, you can immediately

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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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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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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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Freedom Park, Randolph NJ

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


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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Lewis Morris County Park, Morris Township, NJ

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


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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C.O. Johnson Park, Byram Twp, NJ

From “The Playground Guide”- Sussex/Warren County Edition: C.O. Johnson Park is located on 117 Roseville Rd, in Byram Township, NJ.

DIRECTIONS: Take Rte 206 into Byram. Turn onto Tamarack Rd (can only go one direction) and drive 1.5 miles to the end. Turn left onto Roseville Rd, towards Andover. Soccer and baseball fields with

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Finch Park Creative Playground, Ramsey, NJ

Finch Park Creative Playground is located at 205 Church St, in Ramsey, NJ. DIRECTIONS: Route 17 N to the Spring St/Grant St exit. Make a right onto Spring St. After you make the right, stay slight right to remain on Spring St. Make a left onto N Island Ave and then a right onto

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Firemans Field Playground, Mount Arlington NJ

Altenbrand Ave & Mountain View Ave From I-80W take exit 30 which is Howard Blvd North toward Mt Arlington. Turn right onto Howard Blvd and follow it for 2 miles into Mt Arlington. Turn right onto Mountainview Ave and then right again onto Altenbrand Ave. Follow Altenbrand to the end and park on your

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Green Acres Field of Dreams, Independence, NJ

Editor’s Note- Happy Halloween! Located 2 miles from Shades of Death Road, Sara found a great spot to play 🙂

Guest Post by Sara Rall-

Green Acres/Field of Dreams playground, about half way down Cemetery Rd. off Route 46 in the Great Meadows section of Independence Twp. (Warren County), is a

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Central Ave. Park, Edison, NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall-

Central Ave. Park at the northeast end of Central Ave., two (long) blocks from Plainfield Ave. and the Edison train station (in Middlesex County) is a sunny, urban neighborhood park with lots of nice, new equipment.

The main play structure has a jet plane theme with

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Columbia Park, Dunellen, NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall:

Columbia Park, at the east end of Orange St. off South Washington Ave. in Dunellen, Middlesex County has a spectacular running track next to an interesting, shady, wooden playground.

The playground has a large structure with store fronts beneath, and a very

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