Summer chill! Splash pads, sprinkler parks and spray pads

With less than six weeks until the official start of fall and less than that before the start of the school year, it’s time to squeeze out the last bit of summer vacation fun. And nothing offers a dose of excitement and a break from the heat for the little ones like water games! Whether you call it a splash pool, sprinkler park, or spray playground, kids are sure to have fun and burn off their energy. We’ve rounded up some local (and not-so-local!) parks that we think you’ll love.

Watsessing Spray Park (East Orange)

This 69-acre park located in Bloomfield and East Orange offers plenty of room to enjoy. In addition to the wading pool, which you can find on Glenwood Avenue in East Orange, there are sports courts, basketball courts and a dog park.

Weasel Brook Park (1 Westervelt Plaza, Clifton) – 10km

There’s plenty to do at this nearby park in Passaic County. There is a fitness circuit, basketball courts, a playground, and a picnic area among the park’s offerings.

Borough Park (Mola Avenue, Elmwood Park)

Located on the west side of Bergen County, this park has a playground, baseball and football fields, and street hockey in addition to the spray park.

West Hudson Park (Schuyler Ave, Harrison)

This park spans Harrison and Kearny, and the spray park is located in the Harrison portion. There are over 4 miles of walkways, a Chinese gazebo, a basketball court, baseball diamonds, and two playgrounds.

Buchmuller Park (Plaza Center, Secaucus) – 11 miles

In addition to the spray park, this park includes pétanque, tennis and handball courts, a shuffleboard game, a ping-pong table, playground equipment, a picnic area, etc.

Riverfront Park (Raymond Blvd and Brill St, Newark)

This 12.33 acre waterfront property features a baseball field, two playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and an open grassy area. This is the only public green

Carver Park (302 2n/a Street, Hackensack)

This park is also called Second Street Park and you can locate it between James and Clay streets. It includes basketball courts, a tennis court, playground equipment and a small picnic area.

Weequahic Park (Newark)

This park has an 80-acre lake inside, which is the largest lake in Essex County. Located in the southern district, you will also find playgrounds, a jogging track, basketball courts, picnic areas, etc.

Polifly Road Park (59 Polifly Road, Hackensack)

Also known as Hackensack Ward 2n/a Park, you will find it nestled between Sutton and Parker avenues. The park also has a gazebo, basketball and tennis courts, and a playground.

Ivanoski Park (Charles Street, Secaucus)

Another small playground at Secaucus, you will also find play equipment, a slide and swings. It has recently been upgraded and now includes a new water feature and stickball court.

Naters Park (Koelle Blvd. and Blondel Drive, Secaucus)

In this small park, you will find a complete basketball court, ADA compatible playground equipment, picnic tables and benches. This park is part of the Secaucus Greenway.

Van Saun Couty Park (Forest Avenue, Paramus)

This sprawling 130-acre park offers a ton of things to do. In addition to wading pools, visitors can enjoy the Bergen County Zoo, pony rides, playgrounds, picnic areas, a train ride, and a carousel.

Phelps Park (River Road and Sagamore Avenue, Teaneck)

This park has something for everyone. You will find exercise stations, a dog park, basketball courts, a picnic area, playground equipment and more, as well as watering and a wading pool.

Walter Lubbe Jr. Playground (New Bridge Road, Bergenfield)

This playground is located near Memorial Field. It has a variety of play equipment for children.

William T. Birch Park (500 Stillwell Avenue, Fort Lee)

This park is just under six acres, but it has plenty to do. There is a handball court, basketball courts, a playground, picnic benches, an outdoor water fountain, etc.

Pirate’s Cove Park (30 Flanders Road, Budd Lake)

The spray park is located in Turkey Brook Park and is part of Mount Playmore Playground. You will also find tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a dog park, ball fields and a large octagonal pavilion.

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