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Essex County Celebrates Parks and Recreation Month in July


Public Invited to Yoga Classes, Concerts, Movies and Arts and Crafts at Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

West Orange, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs announced a month-long schedule of free activities to celebrate July as National Parks and Recreation Month. The County Executive invites the public to enjoy “Wellness on the Waterfront,” which includes yoga demonstrations, concerts, movies, and arts and crafts at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in July.

“National Parks and Recreation Month is the perfect opportunity to highlight the beauty of our open spaces, the importance of recreation facilities and the positive impact they have on our wellness and quality of life. The area overlooking the Orange Reservoir provides a beautiful and unique spot to host a diverse lineup of activities to exercise, entertain and inspire you,” DiVincenzo said. “We invite the public to celebrate with us and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events,” he added.

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On Monday evenings, there will be Yoga for Adults. Classes are suitable for beginners and seasoned yoga practitioners. Bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. Meet in the Clipper Pavilion next to the paddle boat area on Cherry Lane. Classes are held rain or shine. Yoga for Adults will be held as follows:


Dates:             Mondays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2017      

Times:             6:30 p.m.

Place:             Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

Clipper Pavilion

Cherry Lane

West Orange, NJ

On Tuesday evenings, elevate your visit to the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex with Jammin’ in July, a free series of concerts at the Clipper Pavilion. Take in a new sound every week with Broadway tunes, big band, steel drums and more. Jammin’ in July will be held as follows:


Dates:             Tuesdays, July 11, 18 & 25, 2017   

Times:             7 p.m.

Place:             Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

Clipper Pavilion

Cherry Lane

West Orange, NJ

On Wednesday evenings, bring a lawn chair and enjoy “Zoo-vies,” a free series of summer blockbuster movies under the stars on the rooftop of the Turtle Back Zoo Parking Garage. Participants are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is free and the deck will be open for seating at 7 p.m. The movies will be shown at dusk. Refreshments will be for sale. Rain will cancel the presentation. Please note that Zoo-vies will be shown on the parking deck, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. The Zoo-vies schedule for July is as follows:


Wednesday, July 5th               Disneynature African Cats

Wednesday, July 12th             Tarzan

Wednesday, July 19th             The Adventures of Milo and Otis

Wednesday, July 26th             The Secret Life of Pets


On Thursday evenings, staff from the Essex County Environmental Center will serve up nature art at the Clipper Pavilion. So come spend some time outdoors getting artistic. Nature Art will be available as follows:


Dates:             Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20 & 27

Time:              6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Place:             Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

Clipper Pavilion

Cherry Lane

West Orange, NJ

Wellness at the Waterfront is sponsored by The Essex County Parks Foundation and The Zoological Society of New Jersey. For more information, call 973-508-2912 or visit


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