Brookdale Park Essex County NJ

brookdale park rose-garden

Brookdale Park Essex County NJ is a fabulous place to take the family. Situated on over 120 acres, Brookdale Park is the third largest park in the county. The park is bordered by Watchung Avenue, Grove Street, and Bellevue Avenue. The park offers something for everyone: Trails, tennis courts, playgrounds, and more!

Brookdale Park Essex County NJ also has a lot of history. At one time, the land upon which Brookdale Park was built was actually a gathering place for the Lenni-Lenape Indians. Dutch settlers turned the land into farming and grazing fields during the 17th century. The fields got the name Stonehouse Plains. It was referred to as such until the area was to open a post office in the 1800′s. Stonehouse Plains was thought to be too long of a name, so the name was changed to Brookdale. Land purchases for the future park began in 1928. The purchases were completed in 1931.

Building of the park began in 1928, designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The time to build the park was estimated to be a few years, but then the Depression hit, and it took many years to complete. The park was completed in 1937.

The park hosted its first AAU track meet on May 22 in 1937. The beautiful rose garden you see today (pictured above) was established onĀ  June 11, 1959, after the North Jersey Rose Society donated 750 rose bushes.

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