Designed to cater to Essex County residents for year-round recreation, Grover Cleveland Park was carved out of the surrounding West Essex meadows and farmland. In the early 1900s, when the park was being considered, local farmers were still using quite a lot of the area as pastures and fields. The county hired the landscape architectural firm, founded by Frederick Law Olmsted, to design Grover Cleveland Park. The Olmsted firm’s designs included New York City’s Central Park as well as the U.S. Capitol Grounds. The firm incorporated rolling hills, winding paths, picnic and play areas in the park design.
Today, the park boasts walking/running paths, a fish-stocked pond, tennis, bocce ball and shuffleboard courts, children’s playground, open fields, a baseball diamond, and a picnic grove. The goal of the GCPC is to restore the park using the original Olmsted design as a guideline.
Every day you can find people with their dogs: running, jumping, and playing catch in the upper meadow. Along the Linden Mall or around the pond, you can relax on a park bench; do some bird watching, or catch a glimpse of a family of ducks out for a swim. And, don’t forget your fishing rod! Or, stroll along the many pathways throughout the park and enjoy nature close-up. Observe the birds and the changing colors of the park. Don’t miss the bright yellow and purple of the crocuses in the early spring, the colors of the fall leaves, and the wonder of the shades of white in winter.