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VAILSBURG PARK
HOST COMMUNITY - CITY OF NEWARK

Founded and incorporated as a township in 1666, then as a city in 1836—the third oldest city in the nation.

ACREAGE
30.32

LOCATION
So. Orange Ave. & Oraton Pkwy., Newark
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HISTORIC PROFILE


THE SENIORS BUILDING DEDICATION, 1966

Vailsburg Park is located on 30.32 acres of land in the eastern section of Essex County off Oraton Parkway and South Orange Avenue, running alongside the Garden State Parkway. A mid-sized park heavily used primarily by neighborhood residents, it lies within the Vailsburg area of Newark and is the tenth largest park within the county park system.

In 1915, the County legislature enacted into law the issuance of $500,000 in bonds for the creation of a park in Newark's Vailsburg Section. The bill provided for a referendum and on November 2, 1915, the people of Essex County endorsed the project. The bonds were accordingly issued by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the proceeds turned over to the Board in September, 1917.

The park was constructed on a site which in its current state was considered detrimental to Vailsburg. An amusement center located in this area was objectionable to many neighborhood residents.

Although park construction was begun in 1917, major improvements were not completed until the late 1920's. The Olmsted Brothers designed broad lawns that give a feeling of spaciousness, while large trees abound on the perimeter of the park, surrounding the ballfields, playgrounds, and bandstand.

The U.S. Army put up tents in Vailsburg Park during WWI and WW2 for training, embarking, and recruiting. Again, in 1952 two softball diamonds were eliminated by the U.S. Army, which leased a small portion of the park for an anti-aircraft gun site until they vacated the site in 1960.
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CURRENT IMPROVEMENTS

    • Installation of rubberized safety surface in the playground
    Cost: $104,266 Completed in 2003

    • Phase 1 and 2 General Renovation: Includes installation of new synthetic grass baseball field, modernization to five natural turf baseball fields and improvements to the playground and park entrances
    Cost: $1,854,357 Status: Completed in 2007

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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

• Five softball/hardball baseball fields.
• Two soccer fields.
• Updated modern playground & shelter.
• Fieldhouse.
• Senior Citizens Center, with bocce courts.
• Lighted basketball courts.
• Half-mile jogging path.
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From New Jersey: Take Route 280 to Garden State Parkway South. Take Exit 144/South Orange Avenue. Turn right onto Myrtle Avenue. Turn right onto 14 th Avenue. Turn left onto Speedway Avenue. Turn left onto South Orange Avenue. Park is on the left.

From New York: From New York: George Washington Bridge to Garden State Parkway. Follow above directions. OR Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey Turnpike South. Take Exit 15W for Route 280 West. Follow above directions.

Use the intersection of “South Orange Avenue and South Munn Avenue” when obtaining driving directions from the Internet.

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PARK MAP
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Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs
115 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104 ~ (T) 973-268-3500 ~ (F) 973-481-5302
 
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