Summer is a great time for outdoor activities. Sure, you could go down the shore, but there is plenty to do right in your own metaphorical backyard. A hop, skip & jump from Trio in Palisades Park.
Visit Bergen County‘s largest recreational venue is the New Overpeck County Park covering over 805 acres. The vision to turn what was once a landfill into a beautiful park to be enjoyed by thousands of people is now a reality. More than 50 years ago, five Bergen County municipalities- Englewood, Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield Park and Teaneck- donated hundreds of acres of land surrounding Overpeck Creek to the county for the creation of a park. Land that once contained brownfields and landfills has been transformed into a multi-use recreational venue.
In redeveloping the land, not only did the County of Bergen create open space, it also cleaned up an environmental hazard. Now that the landfill has been capped, residents in the surrounding communities can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the land is finally safe and that the Overpeck Creek and the Hackensack River are protected from further pollution. The park is sure to become a recreational destination and those who visit will reap the benefits of the land’s dramatic transformation from brownfields to greenfields.
The newly constructed state-of-the-art Palisades Park Sportsplex, the Bergen Equestrian Center, athletic fields (natural grass and artificial turf) and tracks, picnic and fishing areas, children’s playground, canoe/kayak launch into Overpeck Creek, grass amphitheatre, observation decks and 5 miles of walking/jogging trails make this park an attractive option for local residents. The Bergen County Department of Parks hopes that you and your family enjoy the new Overpeck County Park and take advantage of all it has to offer.