Bergen County recently announced the re-opening of its county playgrounds, just in time for the beautiful September weather. As always, remember to stay at least six feet apart from others, wear a mask when social distancing is not possible, and wash/sanitize your hands before touching your face. Here are our top four picks:
|Overpeck County Park, 199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park|
Overpeck Park is huge (see the full map here). You need to enter through the Ridgefield Park side to access this amazing playground that was renovated about 10 years ago. The park is also great for biking, running, and walking with strollers. Overpeck Park also houses the Bergen Equestrian Center, where you can make a quick drive through to catch a glimpse of some of the horses, and the Teaneck Creek Conservancy for easy hiking trails.
|Pascack Brook, 150 Emerson Road, Westwood|
We love this hidden gem! Pascack Brook has a playground for younger kids, a small pond for fishing, and mostly flat, paved paths for easy biking, walking and running. There is a short wooded path that connects Pascack Brook to Westvale Park, which has another great playground for younger and older kids, a longer paved path for biking, walking, and running as well as a dog park.
|Van Saun Park, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus and Continental Avenue, River Edge|
One of the best playgrounds in Bergen County, Van Saun Park has plenty of space for kids of different ages to explore. There are two playground areas for kids ages 6+ and two smaller playground areas for toddlers and preschoolers. The zoo and carousel are currently not open, but there are plenty of paved paths for biking, walking, and running. There are also plenty of tables to enjoy a picnic in the park.
|Wooddale County Park, 100 Prospect Ave, Woodcliff Lake|
Wooddale Park has a small playground for younger children to enjoy. The big draw of the park is the paved 0.41 mile loop around the picturesque pond where kids can fish. There is a gazebo and small bridge to enjoy the views.