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Kidspot Playground at Memorial Field, Rutherford NJ

Kidspot Playground at Memorial Field in Rutherford (located on Darwin Ave.) is a huge playground at a dead end area of a town recreational complex. The playground is two stories of bridges and ramps. It is handicap accessible and has lots of small areas to maneuver and play in. There are puzzles and tunnels

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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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Saddle River County Park- Glen Rock, NJ

Saddle River County Park encompasses a huge area and this section happens to be a favorite of one of our fans, Victoria. She was kind enough to send us some photos and she describes below why she likes this park:

Not nearly as crowded as the Ridgewood duck pond which is nearby. Parking lot

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Columbus Park, Piscataway NJ

Another Great Post by Sara Rall!

Columbus Park Playground is located near the corner of Mansfield Rd. and 11th St. in Piscataway, Middlesex County. It is a shady, dino-themed playground in a park with just about every kind of sports facility you can think of.

The playground has one main play structure with a

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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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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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Saddle River County Park – Otto C Pehle Area, Saddle Brook, NJ

From “The Playground Guide”- Bergen County Edition:

ADDRESS: approx 760 Saddle River Rd, Saddle Brook, NJ DIRECTIONS: NJ-4 E to the Saddle River Rd exit. Bear right off the exit and stay straight onto Saddle River Rd. Park entrance will be about ½ mile on your left. DESCRIPTION: Tremendous playground in

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Oradell Kids Foundation Playground, Oradell, NJ

From “The Playground Guide”- Bergen County Edition:

Oradell Kids Foundation Playground is located on Prospect St & Oradell Ave, Oradell, NJ

DIRECTIONS: GSP N to exit 165 towards Oradell. Merge onto Oradell Ave for 1.6 miles and make a right onto Prospect St.

DESCRIPTION: A very special playground in the center of several ball

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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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Greenwood Meadows Park, Warren, NJ

Looking to spin? This one is just the place for it! Thanks Sara for sharing this treasure 🙂

Guest Post by Sara Rall-

Greenwood Meadows Park, on Liberty Village Dr. just off Liberty Corner Rd. at the western edge of Warren Twp., Somerset County is the ideal park for kids who

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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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Mountain View Park, Middlesex, NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall- Mountain View Park, on John F Kennedy Drive off Bound Brook Rd. (Route 28) in Middlesex, Middlesex County is a big park with a nice, though aging playground, and an astounding number of other facilities.

First there is a completely fenced, shady, toddler playground with a small climbing structure

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Samuel Nelkin County Park, Wallington NJ

Samuel Nelkin Park in Wallington NJ is located near the intersection of Maple Ave. and Rose St. in Wallington nearby the famous Wallington Bowling Lanes. My good friend Marina took these pictures for me. Looks like a great park to get together for a playdate. I can’t believe we never visited here, my parents

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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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Naaman Williams Park, Somerset, Franklin

Guest Post by Sara Rall- Naaman Williams Park, on Irving St., just north of Somerset St (Route 27) in Somerset, Franklin Twp., Somerset County is a big, sunny park with a lot to offer.

Naaman Williams Park is sunny, with a large play structure for older kids next to a small pavilion

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Inman Park, Franklin NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall-

Inman Park, on Leupp Lane off John F Kennedy Blvd. in Franklin Township (Somerset County) has some very nice play equipment in a beautiful setting.

Be sure to park in the lot further to the northeast or you will have a long, hot trudge past the

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Memorial Park, Scotch Plains

1255 Hetfield Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Quiet place, but a good amount of ramps, winding around for kids to run around and various slides in this playground.

See pics below.

2 sets of swings in the lower area, and ball field is on the other side.

You can also grill

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Hillside Park, Andover, NJ

This is an excerpt from The Playground Guide- Sussex/Warren Edition: Over 40 of Sussex County parks are featured with color pictures in this guide + helpful information on every park in the county. These include parks in the south section of Sussex- Sussex YMCA, C.O. Johnson Park in Byram, Evergreen Park in Green and

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Walters Park, Phillipsburg

I’m closely working with Amy Lamperti of the Playground Guide, a comprehensive guide to all the playgrounds in Warren County. This is an excerpt from her fantastic listing about the Walters Park in Phillipsburg. Over 25 Warren County parks are featured with color pictures in this guide + helpful information on every

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Esposito Park, Clark, NJ

 

Approximate address: 659 Madison Hill Rd., Clark, NJ. In between Garden State Parkway and Hazelnut Cemetery.

Esposito Park was opened in October, 2008 and has a great skate park as well as a big spongy floor fenced playground area. Here is an excerpt from NJ.COM “Esposito Farm Park was designed with community

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Shakil Williams Playground in Branch Brook, Newark, NJ

 

Thanks to Cory Booker, Bari Mattes, Rose Farias who via twitter was able to hook me up with the lowdown on Newark Parks. Great to chat with a Newark dad at this park, wish you luck in finding employment in the graphic design world. The upside of being unemployed is spending time with the

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White Oak Park, Branchburg, NJ

Another post by Sara Rall, a great contributor to this site 🙂 This is great timing since, Robyn just commented this on 9/26 as a favorite, shady playground: She says:

“White Oak Park in Branchburg (Somerset County). It is located on Baird Road across from Branchburg Central Middle School. It is an active

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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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Harry Ally Park, Bridgewater, NJ

Grand Blvd. (at north end, off East Main St.), Bridgewater, NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall:

To get to the park you walk across Betty’s Bridge and past a preserved wetlands. It’s a fairly small, shady park with a play structure for older kids and one for younger ones, though none of the equipment is

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Wood Park, Leonia, NJ (and Pony Camp)

Intersection of Broad and Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ. Parking is in the back of the Leonia Library (227 Fort Lee Road), you’ll see a big sign for Wood Park. Other than the park, you can play tennis, basketball, and there are picnic tables close to the big section. I didn’t talk to anyone to

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Chimney Rock Park, Martinsville

Chimney Rock Rd., 3 blocks south of Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville, Somerset Co.

Admin Note: More from Sara Rall, thanks for the great pictures, and recommendations on the food establishments in the area. I just saw the site for Gabriel’s Fountain and we will stop by next time we are in the

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Top of the World, Green Brook *guest post*

Thanks Sara R. again for getting us great pictures and a thorough report on these Central Jersey playgrounds! here’s another one by Sara R.

Intersection of Top of the World Way and Green Valley Dr., Green Brook (Somerset Co.) is a fairly small, very shady park with two tall, fast slides my older children

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Johnson Park, Piscataway, NJ

River Rd. and Rose Dr., Piscataway, NJ. Welcome back to Middlesex County! Great spacious parks, and animals to see. The main attraction for kids at Johnson Park is feeding the animals (ducks, goats, etc.). There is a concession stand for both people and animals, make sure you save enough animal feed for the end

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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!

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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