Essex County SummerMusic Concert Series returns for 2021

Essex County SummerMusic Concert Series returns for 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 2021 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series will bring a diverse group of musicians and entertainers to perform at locations throughout the Essex County Park System. This year’s free series features three concert and fireworks spectaculars, five concerts in Brookdale Park, 12 concerts throughout the county, and two cultural festivals. […]

West Orange angler catches five fish at derby

West Orange angler catches five fish at derby

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s Kingston Howard, right, was the first male to catch a fish and caught the most fish in the male age 6 to 10 category at the Essex County Fishing Derby in Weequahic Park in Newark on June 10. He caught five fish. Presenting the awards is program coordinator Jackie […]

Local boys win fishing competition at Weequahic Park

Local boys win fishing competition at Weequahic Park

EAST ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s Aiden Newman, left, and East Orange’s Nathan Eman, right, caught the most fish in the male age 11-15 category at the Essex County Fishing Derby in Weequahic Park in Newark on June 10. They each caught one fish. Presenting the award is program coordinator Jackie Matthews, […]

Let’s go fishing in Essex County this June

Let’s go fishing in Essex County this June

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs invite the public to participate in Essex County’s 2021 fishing derbies. The free events will be held in six locations in the Essex County Park System. “Our fishing derbies are an excellent opportunity […]

Restoration of Essex County Riverbank Park Community Center is complete

Restoration of Essex County Riverbank Park Community Center is complete

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced Aug. 3 that the project to restore and modernize the Essex County Riverbank Park Community Center has been completed. A focal point for recreation and academic enrichment before the pandemic, the one-story building was severely damaged by a fire in 2018. “We are pleased to […]

County parks now open, social distancing remains in effect

County parks now open, social distancing remains in effect

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County parks and golf courses that are part of the Essex County Parks System have been reopened to the public, effective May 2. Parks will be open to the public for passive use only and golf courses will offer modified play, which is allowable according to the executive order issued […]

Get ready for Mayapple Trail Runs on May 16

Get ready for Mayapple Trail Runs on May 16

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Runners are invited to register for the 11th Mayapple Trail Runs to be held Saturday, May 16, in South Mountain Reservation. The races are organized by the volunteers of the South Mountain Conservancy with the support of the Essex County Parks Department. The USA Track and Field–sanctioned races provide an informal […]

Community comes out in force to oppose amphitheater plan

Residents call for conservation of reservation land; Adams misses TC meeting to speak out against plan

Community comes out in force to oppose amphitheater plan

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County officials held a public meeting on Jan. 21 about the proposed “conservation pavilion,” a 500-seat amphitheater to be built on the South Mountain Reservation northeast of the penguin pavilion at the Turtle Back Zoo. The meeting, held at the Essex County Police Academy in Cedar Grove, saw more than […]

WO Planning Board recommends changes to amphitheater plan

Maplewood officials discuss reservations about project

WO Planning Board recommends changes to amphitheater plan

WEST ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The West Orange Planning Board made seven recommendations to Essex County when the plan for a 500-seat amphitheater was presented at a Jan. 8 courtesy hearing featuring three witnesses and extensive questioning from the public. The Planning Board does not approve or deny county applications; the Board of Chosen […]