"Edgemont Park in winter." Well, yes, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in New Jersey, and yes, it totally deserves to be on Crazy Tourist's list of Top 15 Places in NJ to Visit. But Edgemont Park is a wonderful place all year long.
This park epitomizes what I love about Montclair. It's set right in the middle of town and functions as a community hub to the many residents who can easily bike or walk there, but also as a destination for others looking for a poppin' outdoor experience.
Here's some of what regularly goes on at Edgemont: Outdoor exercise classes, a Qigong group, a dog-walking brigade, recess for two nearby schools, little league baseball games, a kids' football program, soccer practices, and a year-round tiny tot extravaganza in the expansive playground.
Edgemont Park is where kids learn to ride bikes, practice on scooters, climb trees, ice-skate. People will sunbathe in the summer and sit on benches playing guitar at dusk. I've seen kids fish in the pond and make forts in the underbrush. New love on picnic blankets, old love hand-in-hand on the walking path. Concerts, holiday ceremonies, local fairs. Kites. Frisbees. Painting easels. The occasional white heron.
Edgemont is like our Central Park and really does represent some of the best that this town has to offer. No pretzel vendors or Strawberry Fields, but in the winter... or when the trees begin to flower ... or in an early morning fog ... the beauty is absolutely surreal.
Photo from thecrazytourist.com