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VERONA PARK
HOST COMMUNITY - VERONA

Incorporated as a borough in 1907 after separating from Caldwell. Verona lies in the valley between the First and Second Watchung Mountains.

ACREAGE
54.32

LOCATION
Bloomfield Ave. & Lakeside Ave., Verona

Verona Park Boathouse







To rent the boathouse please call 973-735-6228.

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HISTORIC PROFILE


SKATERS ON THE LAKE, 1939


MODEL YACHT SAILING, 1956

Verona Park is a 54.32-acre, picturesque park with a beautiful lake bordered by Lakeside and Bloomfield Avenues in the southern part of Verona. This is the fifth largest park within the system.

Once an old swamp, the lake was first formed in 1814 when Doctor Gone (or Bohn) dammed the Peckman River for a grist mill. Later this beautiful lake surrounded by weeping willow trees and winding paths became an ideal location for family activities. Even before it became a county park, the public—including residents outside Verona--flocked there by way of the Bloomfield Avenue trolley, to bathe and picnic and enjoy some commercial amusements.

The first land acquisitions for the park were made in 1920. Demand for acquisition of this desirable tract had been increasing for some time, but action was delayed due to economic conditions caused by the war. To acquire part of this land owned by the Erie Railroad Company, an agreement was made allowing the RR to retain a right-of-way across the park by means of a bridge. Sketches showed a bridge with a series of high arches that spanned the lake and roadway. Fortunately, this bridge never materialized. Instead, the existing arched pedestrian bridge over the lake presents a quaint architectural highlight.

The landscape plans prepared by the Olmsted Brothers were approved the same year Verona Park was acquired. Actual development did not start until several years later due to court proceedings concerning condemnation of some of the land. There was no inconvenience to the public during the delay because the park was already being used for boating, bathing, skating, picnics, and band concerts.
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CURRENT IMPROVEMENTS

• Playground Resurfacing
Cost: $210,500 Completed in 2003
• Lake Shoreline Stabilization
Cost: $2,071,700 Completed in 2005
• Development of Children’s Garden, tennis courts, entrance enhancements and restroom building
Cost: $1,205,364 Completed in 2005
• Renovation of Verona Lake Dam
Cost: $637,594 Completed in 2008
• Development of five-station exercise course and improvements to landscaping and pathways
Cost: $721,188 Completed in 2008
• Modernization and expansion of bocce courts
Cost: Donated Completed in 2012

· Renovation of boathouse dock and installation of decorative street lighting
Cost: $1,077,050 Completed in 2012

· Renovation of the restroom facilities in the Boathouse and Comfort Station
Cost: $388,770 Completed in 2013

· Renovation of the Boathouse
Cost: $433,310 Completed in 2014

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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

• 13-acre lake for boating and fishing.
• Modernized expanded boathouse.
• Ornamental bridge over the lake, popular for wedding party photographs.
• A new children’s garden.
• Tennis courts.
• Playground.
• 1.2-mile fitness course.
• Softball field.
• Bocce courts.
• Annual craft show.
• Concerts at gazebo in center of park.
• Favorite of joggers and walkers.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From New Jersey: Take Route 280 to Exit 7/Pleasant Valley Way. Turn right onto Pleasant Valley Way. Turn right onto Bloomfield Avenue. Park is on the right.

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

Use the intersection of “Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside 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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