Arts & Entertainment

Parks and Playgrounds Abound in West Orange

Degnan Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Degnan Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Minish Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Minish Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
O'Connor Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
O'Connor Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Boland Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Boland Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Ridgeway Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
The gazebo at Ridgeway Park. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Stagg Field. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Stagg Field. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Stagg Field. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Club Blvd. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Club Blvd. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Jenkins Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Jenkins Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Lafayette Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Byrne Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Byrne Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
 Colgate Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Colgate Park. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Lichtenstein Field. Credits: Andrew Cumming
OSPAC. Credits: Andrew Cumming
Crystal Lake. Credits: Andrew Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The exciting opening of the new Nautical Playground and Walkway in West Orange is already a hit at South Mountain Recreation Complex. West Orange, however, boasts a plethora of parks and playgrounds that may be some of the best kept secrets in town and can offer families hours of  enjoyable recreation opportunities.

TAP Into West Orange visited our local parks to familiarize residents with their locations and features. Each park comes with its own quirks and specialties and is sure to entertain. The parks are free to the public.

In no particular order:

Sign Up for E-News

Degnan Park (Alisa Drive)

This popular park located near West Orange High School contains a playground facility, basketball court, softball field, and open grass field. Also on site is Vincent’s Pond, as well as Katz Community Center.

Minish Park (Lancaster Terrace)

Found in the Englishtown section of town off Mount Pleasant Avenue, Minish Park has a playground that is perfect for small children. Equipped with a soccer and baseball field, Minish Park is great for local residents.

O’Connor Park (Ralph Road)

By Mount Pleasant Elementary School, this 27 acre park has just about everything to offer. O’Connor is a picturesque park with a rest area near a peaceful pond, pathways to walk through, and two separate playground areas. Also in O’Connor are multiple soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, a floor hockey arena, and a wall ball court.

Boland Park (Dogwood Road)

Off Northfield Avenue, this small playground is perfect for children. With a baseball field and basketball court, this cute little park is a perfect addition to a wonderful neighborhood.

Ridgeway Park (Ridgeway Avenue)

Ridgeway Park is the newest addition to the West Orange Park system.  The passive park is perfect for walking, biking, and picnics. Located next to the historic Augustinian Monastery, Ridgeway park is quite possibly one of the most serene areas in West Orange.

Stagg Field (St. Cloud Avenue)

Right behind St. Cloud Elementary is Stagg Field, a large park with much to offer. Two enjoyable playground areas keep the young ones amused, while the various sports fields (including a two open grass fields, a baseball field, basketball courts, and tennis courts) make the older children come back.

Club Boulevard Park (Club Boulevard)

This small, friendly park is located directly adjacent to Roosevelt Middle School. This dinosaur-themed playground is sure to amuse budding archaeolgists and features a cool tunnel.

Jenkin’s Park (Rose Terrace)

Jenkin’s Park can be found behind the Valley Road Fire Headquarters and includes a playground perfect for little kids. The nearby fire station left its imprint on this theme park, including a small “fire truck” for children to play in.

Lafayette Park (Park Avenue)

This park, right on Main Street, has a baseball field as well as a playground area. This park is great for nearby residents and is a fun place to play for kids.

Byrne Park (Liberty Street)

Located off Washington Street is Byrne Park, a small but cute addition to the neighborhood. With a wonderful playground, this park sure is fun!

Colgate Park (Franklin Avenue)

By the Ginny Duenkel Pool is Colgate Park, a fantastic place to play sports or have fun at the playground. With a large soccer field, baseball field, horsesshoe pit, and courts to play soccer on, Colgate truly is a gem.

Lichtenstein Field (Valley Way)

Found behind the Board of Education at the corner of Eagle Rock Avenue and Valley Way, is Lichtenstein Field, a charming little playground for youngsters that also has a small baseball field.

Crystal Lake (Prospect Avenue-Boland Drive)

The Oscar Schindler Performing Arts Center is located by the gorgeous Crystal Lake. Stroll the path around the lake and enjoy the historic beauty the lake provides.

In addition to the parks listed above, every elementary school has a playground that is open to the public. Playgrounds are located at Redwood, Mt. Pleasant (including a workout course), Hazel, Pleasantdale, Washington, St. Cloud, and Gregory; all three middle schools have grass fields and baseball fields; and West Orange High School has tennis courts, three turf fields, a baseball field, and a track, perfect for running and walking.

A few caveats: Fishing permits are required to fish at West Orange parks; so check with the Rec Department on obtaining one. Most parks close at dusk, so be sure to check with the Rec Department as to specific closures at each park. Also, there may be limits on activities and access depending on sporting events or school hours.

With all the parks and playgrounds in town, West Orange can provide hours of free recreation for families. Go the Rec website at or call 973-325-4150 for information on any of the local parks and playgrounds.

Watch the township video of the parks at: .





TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Nutley Police Make Arrest In Instagram School Threat Case

February 25, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ — The Nutley Police Department made an arrest in the case of an Instagram video post. An 18-year-old resident was charged with Third Degree False Public Alarm.

Joseph Rafanello, a senior at Nutley High School, was arrested and taken to Essex County Jail. The arrest followed a full investigation by the police.

Chief Thomas Strumolo stated that ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

West Orange High School (Tarnoff Cafeteria), West Orange

44th Annual Orange West Orange UNICO Sports ...

Arts & Entertainment Education


Sun, February 25, 12:00 PM

AMC Essex Green, West Orange

The 2018 West Orange Classic Film Festival

Arts & Entertainment

Celebrate Your Health this Nutrition Month

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor,

This year, we learned that the number of Americans at risk for heart attack and stroke just got a lot higher.  An estimated 103 million adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association, and about 39.7 percent of Americans have high cholesterol.  With March being National Nutrition Month, it’s a great time to ...

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  


The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...