Montclair parks offer something for everyone.
Now that March is here, the cold weather will soon be on its way out and spring will be here! As the warmer weather approaches, make sure you take advantage of everything that Montclair parks have to offer.
Actitivies from bird watching, ice-skating and hiking can be found at one of the many Montclair parks. All varying in size and offering different activities, these parks are located throughout the Montclair area for your recreational use. The Montclair Municipality has 18 parks and Essex County has five, all of which are great for whatever activities you have planned for the day.
Among the Montclair parks, the biggest park in Essex County is Eagle Rock Reservation, located on Eagle Rock Avenue. With over 408 acres of land, this is the perfect park to enjoy a scenic nature trail, a picnic and even a Sept. 11 Memorial. Take a walk through the nature trails to get in touch with your outdoor side and spend some time on the scenic observation deck to take in all of the scenery and wildlife. If you’re looking to plan a family picnic on a nice spring day, this is the place to do so! With the spacious cooking and picnic area, it’ll surely be a day to remember.
If you are looking to get in touch with your inner sporty side, a trip to the largest Montclair park is the answer for you. Mountainside Park, on Upper Mountain Avenue, has 33 acres filled with swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, hiking trails and tennis, baseball and basketball courts. This is the perfect place for an outdoor workout or a day playing ball with your family. The 10 tennis courts are perfect for any player, beginner or expert. There is also a children’s playground and a coasting area. Mountainside Park is also the site of the Iris Gardens, a wonderful place to go for a beautiful walk through the park that is always open to the public.
For a more relaxing day just lounging and spending time enjoying nature, the perfect Montclair park is Graz Park on Claremont and Bloomfield Avenues. This small park has benches and gardens, and they are the perfect place to spend time reading or doing small activities outside in good weather. A similar option to this is the Watchung Park, on Watchung and Midland Avenues, as well as Porter Park on Orange Road and Harrison Avenues. These parks are great for passive recreation when you’d like to spend personal time on a sunny day.
No matter what you are looking to gain out of your day in a Montclair park, there is certainly an option for you in one of the many Montclair parks. Whether you are looking for a sunny day hike through a trail, a day on the baseball field or the perfect spot for a family picnic, you will be sure to find the perfect fit at one of the many options Montclair has to offer.