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Universal Playgrounds in NJ

Below are some favorite universal playgrounds. For more playgrounds in New Jersey including photographs, descriptions and moms' commentary, visit New Jersey Playgrounds online. We welcome your recommendations, too. Please email them to

See general listings under Outdoors-Parks & Playgrounds for additional playgrounds.

Central Park of Morris County
91 Central Ave., Morris Plains
    Fully accessible facilities include state-of-the-art all-access playground, Challenger League rubberized surface ballfield, two lighted regulation size in-line skating rinks, restrooms and walking trails. Park also features 5K cross country trail, fitness stations, 5-acre dog park and ball fields.

Challenger Place–Monmouth County Park
Dorbrook Recreation Area, 209 Rt. 537 East, Colts Neck
    Universally accessible play facility includes elevated surfaces, Braille signs and three play structures with areas where children of varied abilities can play together.

Edgemont Park All Children's Playground
20 Edgemont Rd., Montclair
    Full playground offers universal access for children of all ages and abilities.

Memorial Park
713 Cumberland St., Westfield
    Built by Greg Ryan, Jr. in 2004 for his Boy Scout Eagle Project, the wheelchair-accessible playground includes a sidewalk from the parking lot to a ramped playground structure with rubber surfacing, two infant, two regular and four special needs swings, one accessible picnic table and four benches.

Morris-Union Jointure Playground

340 Central Ave., New Providence
    Open for use by the public on weekends and after 6pm weekdays. Playground, specially designed for children with special needs, features swings with high sides, platform swing, basketball court, enclosed slides, reduced-height climbing bars, cushioned with a carpet of wood chips.

Phil Rizzuto Park

594 Morris & North Aves., Union, 908-527-4900
    10.4-acre recreational area features a fully accessible play area for children of all physical abilities. The park is decorated with baseball themes, a baseball-style seating area, gazebo and granite dedication monument. Other attractions include a spray pool, pedestrian bridge, soccer field and para-course fitness stations.

Rainbow Land

Midland School, 94 Readington Rd., North Branch
    Fully handicapped accessible playground for student and com­munity use features sandbox and planter, mock post office and bank, large tire toy, small theater, wheelchair slider, slides, swings and numerous sensory-motor activities.

Tony's Place–Monmouth County Park
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, 221 Ocean Ave., Long Branch
    Seaside-themed, universal access playground at the beach; concession stand; restrooms, changing facilities.

Van Saun Park
216 Forest Ave., Paramus, 201-262-3771
    Playground with multiple-age play areas, sprinkler, picnic areas, zoo, train ride and carousel. See listing for Bergen County Zoo.

Votee Park
Northern end of the park, 1097-1235 Palisade Ave., Teaneck
    Wheelchair accessible construction, designed for children ages 2-12, is surrounded by a fence and consists of supportive swings, hanging bars and slides on a rubber surface.

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