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Lake Mohawk Boardwalk Park, Sparta NJ

Update: (8/27/2012) This park is private and only for members of the country club here.

Thanks to Sharon for an excellent review on this small but breezy little gem. We are thrilled on our roving reporters who are giving us their unique perspectives on parks all across the Garden State. In

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Parker Elementary School, Middlesex, NJ

This is our first guest post from the Roving Reporter Promotion for Imagine That!!! Thanks to Sara for contributing this great park! I also love her suggestion for “Make a Day of It”

Located on 1 Fisher Ave. Parker Elementary School in Middlesex is a visually appealing, new school playground with

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Danny D’Elia Recreation Center, Oakland, NJ

Danny D’Elia Recreation Center also know as Alexander Potash Recreation complex, is located on Lawlor Dr. in Oakland, NJ. It is a beautifully maintained playground for ages 5-12. The equipment is new, the ground cover is rubber mulch and it is completely enclosed. The downfalls of this playground is that there is no shade

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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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Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch NJ

A Big Thank You to a dear friend, Thu, for getting me great pictures and video!!

UPDATE: ATTENTION GPS SMARTPHONE PEOPLE- Address noted below is not accurate for these devices, see comment by James:

“Please change the address for those using gps and smart phones. It actually comes up as Seven Presidents Park Kiernan Blvd,

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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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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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Overpeck County Park, Ridgefield Park, NJ

199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, NJ. Overpeck County Park was just redone, and has been the buzz of our facebook fan page for over a month now. Not only does it have climbing nets galore, but it has so many spinners, and a rubbery chip/mulch landing. I made the mistake of first

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Morecraft Park, Dunellen, NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall-

Morecraft Park, at the corner of 1st St. and Sanford Ave in Dunellen, Middlesex County is a pleasant neighborhood park with some interesting features.

There is a somewhat aging play structure for older children with lots of interesting twisted-metal climbers, and a newer, plastic play area

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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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Phelps Park, Teaneck

Phelps Park, Teaneck, NJ

near intersection of Wilson Avenue and Cumberland Avenue, Teaneck, NJ. We park right on Wilson Avenue and walk over to the park.

We always love visiting our friend in Teaneck, and found out that it is one of the few towns we know of that have a sprinkler fountain

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North Branch Park, Bridgewater

Guest Post by Sara Rall!

(I’ve been tardy with getting all of Sara’s great posts online, this one is truly a gem, I love the hand-cranked feature here, makes it pretty special! Also what a great place to launch some rockets!)

North Branch Park is located on 355 Milltown Rd., Bradley Gardens,

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Crim School, Bridgewater, NJ

Sara Rall Guest Post-

Crim School playground, 1300 Crim Rd., Bridgewater (Somerset Co.) is another of Bridgewater Township’s incredible collection of school playgrounds. The main climbing structure has slides, bridges, tubes, poles, climbing walls, a net bridge, mushroom caps, spiral pole, parallel inclined poles, log roller, zip line, even more.

Then

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Hacklebarney State Park, Long Valley, NJ

A BIG THANK YOU to Sara Rall for this guest post, truly a unique place to visit, and to enjoy nature

Hacklebarney State Park, 119 Hacklebarney Rd in the Long Valley section of Washington Township (Morris Co.) is one of my kids’ favorite places in the summer. (For all pictures check out the bottom

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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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Firemen’s Memorial Park, Fort Lee, NJ

Intersection of Gerome Avenue and Whiteman St., Fort Lee, NJ- Firemen’s Memorial Park is a small cute park that was busy on the day I had visited with my kids after school. It is on a nice quiet street, and you can get to it from the street as well as a walking

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Belleville Park, Belleville, NJ

Belleville Avenue and Parkview Avenue, Belleville, NJ.

Belleville Park belongs to Essex County and borders Branch Brook Park. If you are looking for the playground in Branch Brook, the maps at Branch Brook don’t help much. I spent the day touring Branch Brook Park, all over with my trio, not to find the playground

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Hillside School, Bridgewater, NJ- for older kids

By Sara Rall- Hillside School, 844, Brown Ave., Bridgewater is yet another wonderful Bridgewater school playground. My kids’ favorite part is the slide on the way to the playground.

There are actually two playgrounds here, separated by a sports field. The older, wooden one is aimed at older children and can

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Haworth Memorial Park (aka Castle Park), Haworth, NJ. Bergen County

Shady Haworth Memorial Park

Thanks Elizabeth L. for sending us this description and great photos!:

“Entrance to Park at corner of Whitman St. and Hoover Way (off Madison Avenue), Haworth, NJ

Great wooden castle playground. Huge. Areas for older and younger kids. Minimal entrances/exits. TONS of shade. Swings, slides, etc.

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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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Harry Dunham Park, Bernards Twp., NJ

Corner of Liberty Corner Rd./Church St. and Somerville Rd. in Liberty Corner, Bernards Twp., Somerset Co.

Guest Post by Sara Rall: Huge, new, sunny playground on the top of a hill. There is a large structure for little children with several slides, bridges, tubes and gadgets.

There’s a large bouncy dinosaur and some bouncing vehicles,

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Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ

Valley Street between Oakland Road & Oakland Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. (Playground really closer to Oakland Avenue though)

Logistics: Although it is right by the train station, there is no accessibility for the disabled. Right across from the Firehouse. Sign on nearby building says No Public Restrooms, but I hear there is a pizza place across

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Woods Community Park, East Windsor, NJ

Tot Play Area

Woods Road, East Windsor, NJ

Vinny Burzi shares some more great pictures, this time from East Windsor. They have a great Youth Directory online to check out more activities for kids. From Vinny:

Woods Road Community Park is located at Woods Road just south of Wendover Road in East Windsor NJ

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Adamsville School, Bridgewater NJ

Another Guest Post by Sara Rall!

Adamsville School, 400 Union Ave. (Route 28) in Bridgewater (Somerset Co.)

Has a terrific playground for older children with a large climbing structure, monkey bars, swings, a tire swing, balance beams that wobble when you walk on them, a stand-up bouncing item, and other unusual, interesting equipment, all

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Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood *guest post*

1100 Double Trouble Road in Beachwood, NJ. Jakes Branch County Park is very new. They have trails, tennis and basketball courts (never crowded) soccer and baseball fields. The playgrounds are brand new and very safe. 1 for kids 2 to 5 yrs. Another for kids 5 to 12 yrs. Also swings and some other

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Tamaques Park, Westfield, NJ

1515 Lamberts Mill Road, Westfield, NJ. Hello Union County, my shady friend, I always come back to you. So I had visited this friend with a long-time college buddy and her 2 lovely girls. I think I told her about how much I loved the shade in this park about 5 times. 2 playgrounds, one

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Hopatcong State Park, Landing

1 Lakeside Blvd, Landing, NJ. What a great NJ Park! Very expansive, and on the southern tip of Lake Hopatcong is a great beach where you can bathe and relax, and there are also 2 playground in the area, plus plenty of shady places to grill (some are very steep though) Well unfortunately my

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Ross Dock Park Area, Fort Lee, NJ

From “The Bergen County Playground Guide”: ADDRESS: Henry Hudson Dr in the Palisades Interstate Park System DIRECTIONS: I-80 E to the George Washington Bridge (GWB). Keep left and take I-80 Express towards I-95 NJ Turnpike/GWB. The take I-95 N exit on the left towards the GWB. Merge onto I-95 Express N/NJ Turnpike N. I-95

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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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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. 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 the

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