Brookdale Playground in Montclair and Bloomfield NJ 2016

Brookdale Park is located on Watchung Avenue and Circuit Drive, Bloomfield, NJ. What a great renovation! This was a very nice playground and Brookdale Park itself is gorgeous. Thanks to for their efforts. This park is popular and friendly with both playgrounds fenced.Restroom is a short walk away!Ground cover is the spongy rubbery kind.

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Pine Street Park, Roselle NJ (Bud Simmons Park and Sprayground)

Hey there it is 2013, and we finally ventured to a new playground and it was lovely. Â This new park in Roselle was recently opened this summer and boasts a sprinkler area where the kids can cool off. Â Thanks to our friends at MRC and Gametime they clued us in on this gem!

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Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold, NJ

We recently visited the Oak Point Area, at Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold NJ.

Turkey Swamp Park is a beautiful Monmouth County Park that is over 2,000 acres. Only had time to visit a small section in Oak Point.

How many stars would you give this park on a scale of 1-5? 3 stars (not

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Staib Park, Hackensack NJ

Located on Summit Ave & Coles Ave in Hackensack NJ, Hackensack Staib Park is a large playground with two play areas for each age group. The toddler area is a smaller version of the larger equipment. Both sections are in full shade. These colorful play areas have climbing sections and lots of slides along

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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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Quail Brook Park, Franklin Twp NJ

Another Sara Rall Guest Post! (Great picnic spot here!)

Quail Brook Park on New Brunswick Rd. near Hexham Dr. in Franklin Twp., Somerset County is mostly a golf course, but has a lovely playground and picnic grove tucked away here as well.

The play structure is metal and plastic with a rope bridge

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Griffin Park, Tenafly

From Victoria H.

Griffin Park Tenafly –

It has two areas. One area for bigger kids and another area for smaller kids which is enclosed. It is also shaded. The climbing equipment in the smaller area is just the right height for littler kids, there is also a little store front and some baby

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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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Woodland School, Warren, NJ

Guest post by Sara Rall: Woodland School playground (114 Stirling Rd., Warren, Somerset County) is a lovely, shady school playground with some interesting equipment. They have a very nice 4-person bouncy see-saw, a fire-truck climber, a rolling log, a very complex set of monkey bars, tire swing and regular swings.

There are

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Veteran’s Memorial Park, Middlesex, NJ

Thanks Sara Rall for another great guest post! Veteran’s Memorial Park, at the east end of Legion Place off Mountain Ave. in Middlesex, Middlesex County, is the ideal place for a toddler playgroup to meet.

The park is completely fenced and far from the busy road. They have two nice climbing

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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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Haworth Memorial Park (aka Castle Park), Haworth, NJ. Bergen County

Shady Haworth Memorial Park

Thanks Elizabeth L. for sending us this description and great photos!:

“Entrance to Park at corner of Whitman St. and Hoover Way (off Madison Avenue), Haworth, NJ

Great wooden castle playground. Huge. Areas for older and younger kids. Minimal entrances/exits. TONS of shade. Swings, slides, etc. It’s

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Hillsborough Municipal Playground

A Sara Rall guest post:

Hillsborough Municipal Playground at the west end of the municipal complex at South Branch Rd. and Beekman La., Hillsborough, Somerset Co.

For the official Hillsborough Parks Website, check out this link Hillsborough has a wonderful, big, shady wooden castle playground right next to the town hall. There are slides, bridges,

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Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ

Valley Street between Oakland Road & Oakland Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. (Playground really closer to Oakland Avenue though)

Logistics: Although it is right by the train station, there is no accessibility for the disabled. Right across from the Firehouse. Sign on nearby building says No Public Restrooms, but I hear there is a pizza place across

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Tamaques Park, Westfield, NJ

1515 Lamberts Mill Road, Westfield, NJ. Hello Union County, my shady friend, I always come back to you. So I had visited this friend with a long-time college buddy and her 2 lovely girls. I think I told her about how much I loved the shade in this park about 5 times. 2 playgrounds, one

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Essex Park, Montclair, NJ

41 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ. This Montclair park is adjacent to the Essex Park Pool and skating ice rink. Cross Chestnut Street for the other facilities of Essex Park. A shady spot, with slides and swings and picnic tables, check out our pics, it’s a little less popular than the bigger parks.

About a mile

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Greenside Playground, Scotch Plains, NJ

Westfield Road and Greenside Place, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Update: Thanks to Laurie’s Roving Reporter submission she updates us with the newly renovated park! For this submission she gets passes to Asbury Park’s Splash Park! Want to earn free passes too? Click here to find out how! Here is her review:

Greenside Playground is still a

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Memorial Field, Summit, NJ

Tulip St. and Ashland Avenue, Summit, NJ (around that area, you can’t miss it, but have to do a little circling to find this shady playground).Â

Talked to a nice lady there who likes this playground very much, because of the shade, and the children enjoy it. Conveniently, there are bathrooms right next

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Littell People’s Park, Livingston, NJ

Located right by Livingston High School, Robert Harp Drive, you can park at the swim club parking lot adjacent to Littell People’s Park playground. This is a very popular park in Livingston, and my kids loved the ramps. It is a great shady little playground, with a generous amount of sand toys for the

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Taylor Park, Millburn, NJ

Main St. and Taylor St., Millburn, NJ. A favorite shady park in Millburn, NJ with plenty of benches. Fenced in, and 3 main playground structures. They have a sandbox but no toys. there is a co-op nursery adjacent to the park, and a bench. Adjacent to the playground is a very nice walking area. Information

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