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Verona Park, Verona

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Verona Park is a park located in Verona, as part of the Essex County Park System, New Jersey.

Verona Park is a 54.32-acre (219,800 m2) park with a lake bordered by Lakeside and Bloomfield Avenues in the southern part of Verona. This is the fifth largest park within the system.

Once an old swamp, the lake was first formed in 1814 when Doctor Gone (or Bohn) dammed the Peckman River for a grist mill. Later this lake surrounded by weeping willow trees and winding paths became an ideal location for family activities. Even before it became a county park, the public—including residents outside Verona—flocked there by way of the Bloomfield Avenue trolley, to bathe and picnic and enjoy some commercial amusements.

The first land acquisitions for the park were made in 1920. Demand for acquisition of this desirable tract had been increasing for some time, but action was delayed due to economic conditions caused by the war. To acquire part of this land owned by the Erie Railroad Company, an agreement was made allowing the RR to retain a right-of-way across the park by means of a bridge. Sketches showed a bridge with a series of high arches that spanned the lake and roadway. This bridge never materialized. Instead, the existing arched pedestrian bridge over the lake presents a quaint architectural highlight.

The landscape plans prepared by the Olmsted Brothers were approved the same year Verona Park was acquired. Actual development did not start until several years later due to court proceedings concerning condemnation of some of the land. There was no inconvenience to the public during the delay because the park was already being used for boating, bathing, skating, picnics, and band concerts.
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  • Due to a detour we accidentally discovered this park with a lake where we found a number of Canadian geese (I think). Our grandson enjoyed the playground which is next to a children’s garden. Lots.....  more »
  • Love this park got walking, jogging and running. Feeding ducks is a plus. Beautiful in winter with ice covered trees. Plenty of parking. Safe.  more »
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  • Its the most beautiful place in the world. A special place for family and friends; it can be used for weddings, romantic walks with your partner. Its a lovely park and the water is immaculate; it has a serene sound. Verona park is safe, comfortable awesome. The environment is quiet and very peaceful. You have a real sense if serenity; anyone would have a great time in this wonderful park. Every one needs to come to this fabulous park; its makes you feel relaxed and good on the inside.
  • This park is amazing. Great place for so many activities. The paths are spread out from one end of the park to the other. Perfect for walking and jogging. Lights are throughout the park so I would assume its good for a night run. Verona is lucky to have such a gem.

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