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Brookdale Park, Bloomfield

Brookdale Park is a county park located in the towns of Montclair and Bloomfield, New Jersey. 43acre of the Park are in Montclair, 78acre are in Bloomfield. Brookdale Park is part of the Essex County park system. It is partially forested and partially lawns, with paths going through.
Going through the park is a circular, one way road, with three roads leading out of the park. There are many entrances for pedestrians, and there are two parking lots of approximately forty spots each. The road goes around parts of the park that have many athletic fields, park buildings, and other facilities. In the southern end of this area is the great meadow, and on the northern side there are the playgrounds, baseball/softball fields, and the stadium with the grandstand, track, and turf soccer field.
On the outside of the roadway there are many paths through the wood of stately trees that is the western half of the park. This part of the park is mostly in Montclair. Many minor facilities and areas are in the Western half. On this side there is a road entrance, the Rose Garden, the Tennis Courts, and the Dog Park. In the south there is another car entrance. In the northwestern corner there is a smaller field and the Archery range.
Before Brookdale was a park, the area was used by the First Nations Lenape Native Americans, later known as the Delaware, as a planting/gathering ground. In the late 17th century, Dutch pioneers took over the area, farming rhubarb on it, and put their houses there. This was the beginning of what would grow into Speertown and then be merged with Cranetown to make Montclair. The Brookdale area was originally called Stonehouse Plains by the Dutch.
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  • I may be partial because I grew up in this park. As a kid, my family and my cousins and their families all came here and we'd spend the day bbq-ing, playing frisbee, softball, and playing on the playg...  more »
  • I love this park, it’s great for relaxation, exercise, and fun. Walking, running, bike riding, dog walking, picnicking, etc., no matter what you choose to do, this is a perfect outing.  more »

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