Located on 3405 Valley Road, Basking Ridge (Bernards Twp.), Pleasant Valley Park is a sprawling park with a wonderful playground in a shady area just off the main parking lot.  Nicely mulched and very clean with newer equipment and amenities – bathrooms are open and nearby! Tons of sports fields and courts, paved walking paths and a pond (don’t take your eye off toddlers too long!) We were here on a sunny but chilly day in early Spring and the kids still didn’t want to leave.  The older ones enjoyed all the monkey bars and the younger ones got into some imaginative play and hide and go seek.

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Name of Manufacturer: Built by Gametime

One larger playground for 5-12 year olds and a pre-school playground for 2-5 year olds

Climbing:  Tons of monkey bars, rings, poles, handles to grab and a rocky wall to climb

Merry Go Round:  NONE

Playthings: Tic-tac-toe and a cool castle with cut outs for little faces, ramps, tunnels, spinning puzzles

Slides: Toddler slides plus a big twisty tunnel slide and a fun 3-person slide with turns and bumps

Swings:  Big kid slides are nicely separated from the rest of the equipment

Parking:  Larger parking near the playground area

Benches: A few benches are scattered throughout the playground area

Food & Beverage: A main building houses bathrooms and may serve concessions during the Summer (we were there in early Spring)
Picnicking: Great shelter with lots of tables and even an indoor party/meeting room right next to the playground

Drinking Fountain: Not sure? Didn’t see one

Bathrooms: Large indoor bathrooms right next to the playground, they were open in March when we visited

Sports Fields: Lots of open fields

Basketball: Full court with at least 6 nets, not lit

Tennis: 6 tennis courts and 4 lit platform tennis courts too

Water: A pretty pond right next to the playground where people were fishing when we were there

Walking Paths: Nicely paved 1.5 mile walking paths

Other Cool Stuff: Lots of open fields here and places to explore! there’s also a fitness station by the entrance to the park. Pleasant Valley Pool is here too and looks amazing! There’s a sand volleyball court AND there’s an amphitheater that houses concerts and two picnicking shelters. Visit the recreational departments website for more info http://www.bernards.org/departments_services/Parks_Recreation/pr_fa_pv_park.aspx
Also wanted to add a few pictures sent by Sara Rall that shows off the water aspect of this park 🙂

Make a Day of It: Lord Stirling Stable is not far away. Part of the Somerset County Park Commission this facility offers lessons, group riding, pony parties and more .http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/stable/LSS.html