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Early Childhood Center Playground at Paramus High School, Paramus

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Christina M. for submitting this review of this hidden gem! (Note this is part of a school, so can only be used during non-school hours) For her submission Christina earns 4 tickets to Asbury Splash Park. If you want to earn tickets to this perfect summer spot, click here to find

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Nash Park, Clifton

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Daniel H. for submitting this roving reporter. For his submission he receives 4 passes (2 adults, 2 children) to Asbury Eighteen Miniature Golf (Limit 1 set per family, pass good for 2012 season which is 3/30 thru Sept 2012). If you’d like to participate in our roving reporter program, click here

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Crestwood Lake Park, Allendale, NJ

Crestwood Lake Park is located on Klomburg Dr & West Allendale Ave in Allendale NJ. Wooden and colorful structure in fully enclosed mulched play area. Lots of climbing and play things like rockers and bouncy see-saws. Playground is located at municipal town lake that is open to Allendale residents and to large groups by

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Barbour Pond Park, Wayne NJ aka Dave Waks Memorial Park

OLD PIC of Barbour Dave Waks Memorial Park- See updated pics below!

Barbour Pond Park is located on 39 Barbour Pond Road in Wayne, NJ. A bit difficult to find, you should follow the signs for the Overflow Parking to the Maquet Lot, past the baseball fields at the end. Located 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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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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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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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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Gebhardt Field, Clinton, NJ

Sandbox heaven!

Guest Post by Sara Rall

Gebhardt Field, 65 Halstead St., Clinton (Hunterdon Co.) is an aging playground with lots of equipment and a huge sandbox full of toys.

There is a large climber for older kids and a smaller one for younger, as well as two bouncy cars, a bouncy dino, a

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Rockytop Playground in Rock Spring Park, Washington Twp., NJ

Another Sara Rall Guest Post, Sara for President! I’m lucky to have such a generous contributor! Rockytop Playground, in Rock Spring Park, by the intersection of Schooley’s Mountain Rd. and East Springtown Rd. in the Schooley’s Mountain section of Washington Twp. (Morris Co.) is and excellent, sunny playground with lots of interesting equipment and a

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Wyckoff Community Playground, Wyckoff, NJ

From “The Playground Guide”: ADDRESS: Scott Plaza DIRECTIONS: Rt 208 North or South to Ewing Ave exit. Go to light and make a right onto Franklin Ave. Take Franklin Ave and make a right into Scott Plaza at the Wyckoff Municipal Complex. If you went over the railroad tracks, you went too far. DESCRIPTION:

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The Midland School, Branchburg

Another classic wooden structure!

Thanks Sara Rall for capturing this great playground and sharing the info:

94 Readington Rd., North Branch in Branchburg, Somerset Co.

The Midland School in Branchburg has a wonderful, shady, wooden ADA-accessible playground that is open when school is closed.

There is only one slide, but lots

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Hillsborough Municipal Playground

A Sara Rall guest post:

Hillsborough Municipal Playground at the west end of the municipal complex at South Branch Rd. and Beekman La., Hillsborough, Somerset Co.

For the official Hillsborough Parks Website, check out this link Hillsborough has a wonderful, big, shady wooden castle playground right next to the town hall. There are slides, bridges,

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Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Manhattan, NYC

North end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace, New York, NY. Battery Park has an awesome parks system, with sprinkler parks, playgrounds galore. I’m focusing on a couple of their parks that we visited this August.

Logistics- Parking, Ferries, Path, oh my! This has been my

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Grove St. Park, Chester, NJ

Sara Rall guest post: Grove St. Playground in Chester is an excellent, fairly large, shady playground a few blocks south of Main St. They have a large climbing structure for older kids with two climbing walls. There are giant boulders to climb, too.

For younger children there is a large structure with several slides, gears,

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Field of Dreams, Annandale, NJ

Field of Dreams is located on 314 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ (at the Immaculate Conception Church and School). Make sure you drive up to the church and make a left to see this huge but hidden playground. This is a great pit stop for those traveling through Jersey, especially if you are going

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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!Â

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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Kidstreet, Bridgewater, NJ

UPDATE- ***10/11/2014*** Kompan updated the playground!!! From Christian:”I just completed a modern upgrade for Kidstreet playground in Bridgewater, NJ. They wanted to revitalize an under-used area of the playground, help modernize the playground with challenging spinning and climbing activities. We installed a Kompan Spinner Bowl & a modern 2-5 yrs age group climbling/sliding play

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Olmezer Park, Metuchen, NJ

Christol St. and Clive St., Metuchen, NJ. Olmezer Park is a wide open playground very ideal for big playgroups. Basketball court in park, very spread out playground. Friendly moms here, and the merry go round is a big hit for kids, but watch out for the little ones, since there is no speed

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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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Dodge Field, Madison, NJ

Greenwood Avenue and Chapel street, Madison NJ. What a great park, walking distance to the train station. I’m not familiar with Madison parks, but I love this playground with the central gazebo where you can keep track of the kids, mostly fenced with a rock wall, swings, slides, sandbox, and restrooms really closeby. Tennis courts

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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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Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck, NJ

From the Dorbrook Recreation Center: Sprayground closed due to renovation 6/1/2016…

Dorbrook Recreation Area in Colts Neck is a popular site for a supersized playdate in the summer. Located on Rt. 537, Colts Neck NJ (cross street nearby is Hockhockson Road), Dorbrook Recreation Area is very busy. Too bad my timing for this

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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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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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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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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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La Grande Park, Fanwood, NJ

This park is a favorite for us since it has a sandbox, with plenty of toys to share. It also has restrooms, but they (restrooms) aren’t open on the weekends.  #gallery-25 { margin: auto; } #gallery-25 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-25 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; }
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