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Elysian Park and Maxwell Park, Hoboken, NJ

1001 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ. You can park in the residential permit only parking spots as long as it is less than 4 hours. Â I failed to read the sign so got a metered spot on Sinatra Drive that goes up to 12 hours, 25 cents/every 15 min.

It was refreshing to spend

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Essex Park, Montclair, NJ

41 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ. This Montclair park is adjacent to the Essex Park Pool and skating ice rink. Cross Chestnut Street for the other facilities of Essex Park. A shady spot, with slides and swings and picnic tables, check out our pics, it’s a little less popular than the bigger parks.

About a mile

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Edgemont Memorial Park, Montclair, NJ

20 Edgemont Rd, Montclair, NJ. One of the biggest playgrounds in the area along with Brookdale, this one provides plenty of structures to entertain your children.Â

With the rubber ground cover, you will not need to worry about getting wood chips in your sandals! Ball field is nearby.Â

One of the highlights

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Brookside Park, Bloomfield, NJ

Bay Avenue and Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ. Many thanks for this review and great photos from AT Cholet!!!

Street parking is on Morris Place behind the park. The Third River in the background often has lots of ducks and geese and occasionally enough water to justify being called a river. There is no fence, which

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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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Holmdel Park- Forest Edge Section, Holmdel, NJ

Edit: Not too far away from this park is the sledding section, check out the map below and this link from Monmouth County Parks for more information on sledding! 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. Update: Just found out when I visited I had only seen one of the playgrounds, I’ll be posting a second Holmdel

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Lakeside Village Playground, West Windsor, NJ

1678 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, New Jersey. Thanks to Vinny Burzi, a great friend Rick and I had known from Theta Xi (Gamma Chapter) in our old college days (BEST FRATERNITY EVER!), member of N=~20, home brewer, and husband of Karen Burzi, my great chef friend, who generously hosts great gatherings to feed all

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Saddle River County Park (Wild Duck Pond), Ridgewood, NJ

1133 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. Saddle River County Park has many different areas as described in the Bergen County Dept. of Parks Website. I am covering one that has been recommended to me by Ira, one of the helpful posters at the NJ forum for city-data. Thanks for your contribution! My kids didn’t want

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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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Ralston Playground, Mendham, NJ (Ralston)

UPDATE 4/28/2014-  This park is closed temporarily! from mendham township org site: Residents are advised that due to safety issues resulting from this past winter’s severe weather, the Township has temporarily closed the Ralston playground. The issues requiring the closure are under evaluation by Township staff and the playground designer. A plan/timetable for the

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Gardner Field, Denville, NJ

Route 46 & Savage Road, Denville, NJ

Update: 4/7/2011- Spoke to Don Borgadus, Denville Twp. Rec, it is open again!!! 🙂 Update: 3/20/2011- Word is Gardner Field is closed due to insurance purposes, if anyone knows more about this or when they will open, please comment below!

Update 8/12/2009:Â Classified it as no-wood chip but

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Camp Jefferson, Jefferson Township, NJ


81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Definitely one of the best playgrounds we have been to. It also has a skate park across the parking lot. *partially fenced in* (UPDATE on the partially thanks to

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Degnan Memorial Park, West Orange, NJ

650 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ. Degnan Memorial park has a great playground nearby a peaceful lake. For both pre-school and school-age children, my kids enjoyed it very much.Â

Very popular, and fun for climbers. Swings slides, bouncy seat/characters and fencing. Friendly crowd was there when we went. If you are in this

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Castle Park II, Toms River, NJ

If you are looking to book a party, unfortunately you can’t according to the Toms River website. See this link for further explanation.

North Bay Avenue & Oak Avenue, Toms River, NJ. What a great playground, my sons both had a wonderful time. We spent the day at Blackbeard’s cave ($18 for wristband from

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Brookdale Park, Bloomfield & Montclair, NJ


Brookdale Park is located on Watchung Avenue and Circuit Drive, Bloomfield, NJ. This was a very nice playground (2 separate ones) and Brookdale Park itself is gorgeous. Thanks to

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Verona Park, Verona, NJ

Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside Avenue, Verona, NJ. I love this park, it is absolutely beautiful with a lake nearby, place to run (I used to go here a while back but pre-kids so never noticed the playground) and a beautiful flower garden next to the playground. A very popular playground, so parking is scarce. Also

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Cedar Grove Park, Cedar Grove, NJ

Around 50 Little Falls Road, Cedar Grove, NJ. This has 2 playgrounds separated by a soccer field, so they are pretty far apart, but a parking lot is adjacent to the soccer field. The first playground (first half of pictures) was for school-age children and had swings slides and a climbing/more like rocky stairs structure.Â

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Memorial Park, Chatham, NJ

214 Main Street, Chatham, NJ- located in the back of the library. Great playground for toddlers. The kids had a great time, plenty of playground equipment adjacent to a fenced in pool (for town residents). Really nice people were there this past Sunday. I really enjoy Chatham parks. Partially fenced, and there is a basketball

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Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus, NJ

I found this park very hard to get to, so I can’t even post an address, because my GPS isn’t updated with this location. Here is a link to directions:

So let’s get to the playground, it was very breezy but since it is hard to get to it I’m guessing that is

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Castle (Shunpike) Playground, Chatham, NJ

Shunpike Avenue, Chatham, NJ (can use Rolling Hill Court as intersecting street to find on Great busy playground, especially for older kids. There are a lot of rocks in the perimeter so be careful with your little ones, and a small gully. Shady Picnic tables closeby make it convenient to bring an afternoon snack

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Gero Park, Millburn, NJ

White Oak Ridge Road and Parsonage Hill Road, Millburn, NJ. Sunny park (boy, does NJ have some really hot days) surrounded by tennis courts and ballfield, and basketball court. Has a swingset off in the distance and a grill. For both pre-school and school-age.  The Millburn pool is right next to the park, andÂ

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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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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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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, 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


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