A Walk in the Park
In Newark, it’s easy to play.
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Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to love about Newark, which has a remarkable 33 designated park areas within its city limits. “You could make a day out of enjoying one of our parks,” says Joe Spadafino, recreation superintendent for the city of Newark.
Then you can make another day—or two or three—of enjoying parks just outside Newark, which include White Clay Creek State Park and the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area.
Not content to rest on its parkland, Newark also offers year-round programs through its department of parks and recreation. This summer alone, there are more than 200.
Pick a Park
Newark’s parks range from the less-than-an-acre Douglas D. Alley Park, a neighborhood park with playground equipment and picnic tables, to the nearly 46-acre Rittenhouse Park, home to two miles of hiking trails. Rittenhouse offers access to the Christina Creek, a popular fishing area, and, in summer, it hosts Hobbit Half Day Camps.
Most parks have playground areas, and there are four baseball fields. The 7-acre Fairfield Park holds three tennis courts and a soccer field. Both the 8.2-acre Edna C. Dickey Park and the George Wilson Center and Park have swimming pools, open June 9 through August 15, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pool admission for Newark residents is free, and children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dickey Park also offers a baseball-softball field, street hockey area, basketball court and horseshoe courts. The George Wilson Community Center, available for rent, is ideal for birthday parties, meetings, baby showers, or civic and association meetings.
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