We are in the amazing Verona Park in Verona, NJ. That's as next door to us as it gets. But, Montclair having an abundance of parks, we just never ventured there. Well, that's about to change. And, because we are so close to home, I think the kids are coming along as well. This will be interesting.
A little history lesson - this is another one of the magnificent parks that were designed by the Olmstead Brothers at the turn of the 20th Century. I am talking the Olmstead Brothers of the Central Park in New York City. While Central Park is amazing, and really well maintained, believe it or not, it is not the best park they designed. Personally, I believe that some of their best work was on this side of the Hudson River, in the Montclair/Bloomfield/Verona/Newark neighborhood. It's just that the towns and the State have fallen on hard times, and the park were neglected for a little while.
However, there is a concerned effort to return them to their old glory, and it's working. I recommend day trips with a picnic basket. You won't be sorry.
Here is what you can find in Verona:
Yes, that is a Boat House. This one was actually built AFTER the one in Central Park, so it's a new and improved version.
See you there!