Some great features:
- A large lake, meandering streams, and in the north, the Second River channel.
- Spectacular view of the Cathedral Basilica across the lake.
- Playgrounds, ballfields, basketball, tennis, horseshoes.
- The famed "Cherry Blossom Land."
- Annual Festival and 10-k run at cherry blossom time.
- Greenhouse acts as a central nursery and horticulture center for the entire park system.
- The park system maintenance center and garage.
- The park system administration building, built in 1916 - listed on both the state and national historic registers.
- The northern division meadow is one of the largest recreational open green spaces to be found in Essex.
- "Monarch Meadow," a newly established butterfly garden.
- Senior citizen center, originally a boat landing shelter.
- Walled remains of the old Newark reservoir.
- Near the reservoir a mound and its retaining stone wall are designed to resemble an ancient ruin.
- Roller rink - completed in 1995, site of the park system's Centennial Birthday Celebration.
- Four-mile park drive.
- Pedestrian bridges, Park & Bloomfield Avenue bridges and the railroad bridges in northern extension are striking architectural features.
- Ballantine Gateway.
- Meeker Mound Pavilion.
- Sculptured lions which flank a formal boat landing were originally stationed in front of the old Newark Prudential building.
Trail & Path Info
Tips and Tricks
The only real entrance we can quote is:
192 Park Ave.
Newark, NJ 07104
In this area you will find an entrance to the main park drive, and a way to get onto the main road in the park.
We want to mention that this park is long going norther to south. We were not sure where to drive once we got in. And if you are not familiar with the area, it is tough to get from the southern section to the Cherry Blossom Center. But if you get into the park and head north on the park road you will find it :)