Featuring 3.5 miles of walking paths, panoramic views and birds galore, this one-square-mile park is the center of New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) activities. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk.

The park includes the NJMC's Center for Environmental and Scientific Education, which hosts school groups, and the William D. McDowell Observatory, open to the public on Monday and Wednesday nights year-round, weather permitting and excluding holidays. Astronomy learning sessions are held on Tuesday nights.

The Meadowlands Environment Center offers environmentally themed educational programs for all ages.

DeKorte Park is also home to the NJMC administrative offices.

One unique feature of the park is its efforts to make it accessible to students and others with all sorts of disabilities. The hard-packed paths, for example, are all at least six feet wide to enable wheelchairs to pass each other in both directions.

Once slated to be a landfill, the park features six distinct visitor areas with native plants, recycled materials and sustainable landscaping techniques that support the agency's environmental mandate. Roughly 60,000 people visit DeKorte Park each year, including about 15,000 students who participate in school programs.

A series of colorful interpretive signs highlight the park's resources and the wildlife that inhabit its tidal waters, marshes and uplands. These informational signs offer visitors an appreciation of the Meadowlands' ecological diversity, set against the backdrop of urban New Jersey and New York City, and help visitors understand the benefits of a brackish estuary.

Description and Photo borrowed from njmeadowlands.gov

Amenities / Features of Richard W. DeKorte Park:

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General Amenities
Activities
Bird watching !Birds galore
Fishing !Fishing allowed in designated areas : catch and release only
Jogging / Running
Walking
Amenities
Bathrooms
Exhibits
Gardens
Nature / Environmental Center
Parking Lot(s)
Picnic / Sitting Area
Benches
Scenic Areas (overlooks/waterfalls)
Special Amenities
A !Butterfly Gardens
B !AMVETS Carillon
C !The Meadowlands Environment Cente
Special Buildings / Structures
Observatory !William D. McDowell Observatory
Trails
General Location
New Jersey
General Areas within NJ
Northern NJ
Regions (based on tourism)
Gateway (Berg, Ess, Hud, Mid, Pas, Uni)
Misc Information
Listing Center: Latitude: 40.7790
Listing Center: Longitude: -74.1065
Record Status: 1.0000
Record Title: Richard W. DeKorte Park
Rules and Regulations
Alcohol *NOT Permitted*
Special Connections
Friends Of GetOutsideNJ
Garden State Gardens
Trails / Trail Information
Boardwalks
Flat / Easy
Self Guided / Nature trail
Walking Paths

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