The Regatta Playground (also called Clipper Pavilion Playground) in South Mountain Reservation is the latest addition to the South Mountain Reservation Complex in West Orange. It is pretty awesome!! It is a sprawling playground that boasts adirondack chairs for seating as well as plenty of tables and benches for young and old. The equipment is brand new (2014). This park has a bunch of spinners which is a big hit for my kids. Lots of climbing surfaces that will challenge kids. The playground completes the complex and makes it a great destination now for visitors, and families.


BIG HIGHLIGHT: Playground is completely fenced in!!! Only one entrance and exit, which is peace of mind for many of us with little wanderers. 

Closest address is 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange NJ (Next to Essex County Paddle Boat House) Best Landmark is Essex County



Oakdale Parking area is directly across the busy street!  If you prefer a more picturesque way of getting there, we enjoyed parking by the boathouse and taking the walk over to the playground.

When we visited we went over to McLoones Boathouse and the valet guided us to an area where the people park for paddle boats. (It’s the same restaurant parking lot, but when they run out of room, you can park directly opposite of the playground in the grassy area as mentioned before) On a busy weekend, parking can be challenging.

Once you are at the boathouse, to get to the playground you have 2 choices:

Preferred Choice (Wide walkway for strollers, more room)
Head to the reservoir (they have a nice path there)and just make a right to head toward the paddle boats (you will see the swans). Here’s a visual of us looking at the boathouse from the playground:

2nd Choice (Sidewalk walkway, more narrow can get crowded)
From the McLoones parking lot, head to Cherry Lane and walk along side walk toward the Paddle boats, the playground is accessible after you enter the Pavilion. (Only one entrance)

Upper Level Walkway- closer to Cherry Lane

Upper Level Walkway- closer to Cherry Lane

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: Rockwall, rocky structures to climb, as well as some rope structures attached to the climbing rocks

Playthings: Great musical station with drums, shaker steering wheel (when turned)

Slides: Twisty slides, as well as the smaller variety

Smaller tot area

Smaller tot area

Swings: 2 regular swings (very low to ground) 2 toddler swings (yellow plastic variety)

Benches: benches and adirondack style chairs scattered around

Sets of Adirondack Chairs and benches!

Sets of Adirondack Chairs and benches!

Food & Beverage: Did not check, but there is a huge picnic pavilion outside playground area

Drinking Fountain: Yes, different heights

Bathrooms: Yes, in the area by the paddle boats

Water: Reservoir (saw some folks fishing) no swimming, keep an eye out for turtles!

Walking Paths: paved walkway around reservoir. Very active!

Playdate Tip

Get some goodies from the bakery when you host a playdate! Supreme Bakery is 3 miles away and has a great deal going on! See below!

3 miles from South Mountain Reservation (Turtle Back Zoo, Regatta Playground, Pedal Boats! Pick up some goodies for a playdate gathering! $11 for $20 worth of baked goods!

Posted by NJ Deals for Kids Activities on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Other Cool Stuff: See pictures below!

Little ones can hang out at the bottom of the playground that gets a little shade

Little ones can hang out at the bottom of the playground that gets a little shade





Seesaw Fun

A New Style of Seesaw!

What’s in the South Mountain Reservation Complex?

The huge reservoir has a walkway all around it, which gives access to the

Turtle Back Zoo

Click on photo for our review for TBZ!!!

Click on photo for our review for TBZ!!!

Safari Mini Golf

Click photo for our review for Essex Mini Golf

Click photo for our review for Essex Mini Golf

Paddle Boats

Tree Top Course (Zipline fun)

If you are in Essex County this is a great place to go!