TBT- Park Lake in Rockaway

Ok, so it isn’t Thursday, but we thought we’d introduce a few of the playgrounds we have visited but never posted. They’ve been sitting in a folder, gathering dust, while we were busy. So Amy visited Park Lake in Rockaway in 2007, and here are some of the great pictures she took!

How has

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Dennis P. Collins Park, Bayonne, NJ

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Elisha for submitting this roving reporter. For her submission she receives 4 passes (2 adults, 2 children) to Asbury Eighteen Miniature Golf (Limit 1 set per family, pass good for 2012 season which is 3/30 thru Sept 2012). If you’d like to participate in our roving reporter program, click here for

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Clifton Main Memorial Park, Clifton NJ

Thanks to Daniel for submitting this great park for our most recent “Roving Reporter Promotion”. For his contribution he gets 2 free passes to Imagine That Museum in Florham Park. Make sure you check this fantastic opportunity to check out new places and get free tickets to a great museum 🙂

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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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Grover Cleveland Park, Essex Fells

The Grover Cleveland Park is located at  Brookside Avenue & Runnymede Road, Essex Fells. You can find a map of the park on the county web-site http://www.essex-countynj.org/p/parks/sites/maps/grovercleveland.jpg

This is a gorgeous county park and playground! Visit the County website for more information on it’s history and development http://www.essex-countynj.org/p/index.php?section=parks/sites/gr&ImgLoc=images/gr

Update: Pokestops at Grover Cleveland Park!

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Greenview Park, Pequannock NJ

Greenview Park in Lincoln Park (Pequannnock NJ) is located on West Pkwy & Colfax Dr in Pequannock. It is a great park with a nice pond and fountain, busy fields, tennis and lots of other amenities. The playground is well shaded and located near the parking lot closest to the soccer field. A great spot

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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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Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ

Sara has sent me some great finds, and I’m still catching up 🙂 Here’s another great park from her in Bridgewater, check out all our Bridgewater parks, we have a ton thanks to Sara.

Duke Island Park, on Park Drive off Old York Rd. at the southern edge of Bradley Gardens, Bridgewater Twp.,

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Dahnerts Lake County Park, Garfield, NJ

From “The Playground Guide” Bergen County Edition:

Midland Ave, Garfield, NJ DIRECTIONS: I-80 E to exit 61 Garfield/Elmwood Park. Make a right onto River Rd. Travel approximately 2 ½ miles and make a left onto Monroe St. Take Monroe St to Midland Ave and make a right onto Midland Ave. DESCRIPTION: Beautiful county park next

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Victor Crowell Park, Middlesex, NJ

Another fine guest post by Sara Rall-

Victor Crowell Park playground at the corner of Green Ave and Willow Dr. in Middlesex is a lovely shady park alongside a river. The playground has a structure for older children and one for very young.

There is also a big plastic climbing wall

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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 of

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Spruce Run, Hampton, NJ

For additional information check out the NJ State Parks link From Sara Rall-

Spruce Run, 1 Van Syckles Rd., Hampton, Union Twp. (Hunterdon Co.) is a beautiful state park on a big reservoir. There is an entrance fee in the summer.

The park has an average-sized play structure and swings right next to

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Mobus Park, Watchung

Thanks Sara Rall for this guest post! Mobus Park, Brookdale Rd., near Mountain Blvd., Watchung, Union Co.

Mobus Park is a lovely little shady community playground next to Watchung Lake. They have two metal and plastic play structures with a little play house under the one for younger kids, and a steep

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Memorial Park, Nutley, NJ

Maple Pl. and Vreeland Avenue, Nutley, NJ. For detailed Nutley Parks and Recs information on the web click here.Â

So far I think I’ve enjoyed this beautiful playground in Memorial Park the most for feeding ducks.Â

A couple of playground structures, plenty of swings and a very picturesque walking path adds to the

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Coney Island (beach), Brooklyn, NY

Surf Avenue and West 8th St. Brooklyn, NY. (NY Aquarium address, as of 6/2009 parking was $25 which included the price of an adult admission). We went to Coney Island specifically to see NY Aquarium and by chance we found a playground right on the beach, I must be doing that “Secret” thing Oprah keeps

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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 computer

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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 express

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Colonial Park, Franklin, NJ

Update 5/8/2012

Good news!

Playground is open!!!

From Fortunato: “Playground is open, and it’s great. A completely new playground, really nothing left of the old one at all. . Lots of climbing, swinging and see-sawing. Only one slide, though, on the toddler side. Covered picnic tables in the middle for snacking —

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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. Â 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

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Brookdale Park, Bloomfield & Montclair, NJ


Brookdale Park is located on Watchung Avenue and Circuit Drive, Bloomfield, NJ.  This was a very nice playground (2 separate ones) and Brookdale Park itself is gorgeous.  Thanks to http://www.brookdaleparkconservancy.org/ for

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Verona Park, Verona, NJ

Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside Avenue, Verona, NJ. I love this park, it is absolutely beautiful with a lake nearby, place to run (I used to go here a while back but pre-kids so never noticed the playground) and a beautiful flower garden next to the playground. A very popular playground, so parking is scarce. Also

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Weehawken Waterfront Park, Weehawken, NJ

Port Imperial Blvd., Weehawken, NJ (around 83 Port Imperial according to gps)Â

Coming from 495E from the Hoboken/Weehawken exit, make a right on N. marginal highway and then make a left on Baldwin Avenue and then a left on Port Imperial Blvd. You’ll see the park almost immediately on right-hand side by the

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