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, periscope, mini picnic table, etc.
There is a sandbox with a digging toy; a big, cable climbing structure; two large and unusual see saws; a spinning toy; several bouncing vehicles; lots of swings, including chair swings; and a gazebo.
Main St. Chester, two blocks away, has lots of interesting shopping, with toy and ice cream stores as well as antiques. Huge Ralston Playground in Mendham is just a few miles east.
Addition by Amy Lamperti:
From I-287S take exit 36/CR510/Lafayette Ave. Stay straight to go under the train trestle toward Morris Ave. Turn right at Morris and at top of hill make a right onto East Park Pl. Make a left at the next light onto N Park Pl. Turn right onto Washington St which is CR 510/NJ 24. Continue for almost 12 miles to Main St Chester. Turn left onto Grove St.
A beautiful brand new playground with the coolest climbing rock ever; an actual boulder complete with fossil like prints. There are also great play things and it is an easy walking distance to town; the only notable missing item is bathrooms.
Picnicking: A few tables and benches
Handicap: Two red chair swings. The park area itself is wheelchair accessible, equipment is not.
Climbing: HUGE boulder, three other more traditional climbing walls, funnel made of chains, suspended mushroom caps, box steps, rotating stepper, ladders, drawbridge
Merry-go-round: Single person
Playthings: Call boxes, musical chimes, puzzles, fish-scape, solar system, gear box, child’s play picnic table under equipment with windows and place settings, periscope, steering wheels
Sandbox: Small square sandbox, working digger in sandy area
Seesaws: Two person standing or sitting, four-seater, one motorcycle and one horse bouncer
Slides: One twisty chute, one tube, two toddler
Sports: Two tennis courts, one full court basketball
Swings: Two toddler, four full size, two chair
Walking Paths: Unpaved from the parking lot to the playground and basketball
Make a Day of It
Walk into town and pick up a sandwich at the Sub Pub or undertake a project at Creative Hands Art Studio or Stuff-a-Roo and Teddy Too.