Parks & Gardens
** New Brunswick City Parks are OPEN to the public. When visiting you are required to follow best social distancing practices with other individuals, including staying at least six feet apart. **
- For information about the City's Community Gardens, please click HERE. This list will change as social distancing regulations are relaxed in the coming months, so please check back often
- For information about the City's Parks & Gardens Commission, please click HERE.
- For information about the City's 2021 Farmers Markets, locations and hours, please click ENGLISH or SPANISH.
The New Brunswick Parks system features over 272 beautiful acres of parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, athletic fields, lawns and gardens.
The Garden Path at Buccleuch Mansion
- To see a listing of our parks, please scroll down.
- To reserve a park for a private event, park reservation forms can be submitted online. For more information and the link to our request forms, please click here.
- For additional information about New Brunswick’s recreational activities please click here.
Buccleuch Park, 321 Easton Avenue, also accessible from College Avenue
Buccleuch Park (correctly pronounced "Book-loo") is situated between the Raritan River and Easton Avenue and features 78 acres of rolling terrain. You will find many athletic fields for baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, cricket, or basketball and a 1.5 mile cross country/fitness trail. The park also has a playground, rock garden, flower garden, gazebo, fitness pad, and picnic pavilion, as well as the historic Buccleuch Mansion, a former Colonial Estate.
“Buccleuch” is a glen 18 m. SW. of Selkirk, Scotland. Immigrants from this area over the centuries modified the name to make it easier for English pronunciation, thereby yielding variations “Buckelew” and “Bucklew.” The official way to say it (courtesy of the International Phonetic Alphabet) is /bəkluː/ (book-loo).
To hear the pronunciation of “Buccleuch,” click HERE.
Alice Jennings Archibald Park, 23 Van Dyke Avenue (main entrance on Wright Place)
Opened in 1998, Alice Jennings Archibald Park is located in the City’s 4th Ward and features 10.5 acres of athletic facilities for baseball, softball, soccer, football, tennis, basketball, and handball. Courts and fields are lighted for nighttime play. This park also includes a playground and picnic pavilion.
In 1999, then-City Engineer Thomas Weingartner was recognized by the New Jersey Association of Municipal Engineers for the outstanding work done to design this park.
Elmer B. Boyd Park, Route 18 North and Paul Robeson Blvd., along the Raritan River
This 20 acre award-winning park was reopened in 1999 as part of an $11 million redevelopment effort of New Brunswick’s riverfront. Boyd Park offers an alluring view of the Raritan River as well as New Brunswick’s skyline. This park has played host to many festivals and special events including the Raritan River Festival, Hub City Sounds and the City’s Independence Day Celebration.
Boyd Park also features a lighted 3/4 mile-long tow path as well a historical swing bridge, canal, and locks. Extensive historical signage has been installed to help visitors learn about the rich history of the Raritan River and the City of New Brunswick.
Memorial Stadium, 801 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, in back of the New Brunswick Middle School
Recognized by the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers as the Municipal Project of the year in 2001, this 15-acre park is located adjacent to New Brunswick Middle School and is home to many sporting events for youth and adults. The facility boasts a football/soccer stadium that seats 5,000 people, a beautiful synthetic turf field, tennis courts, locker rooms, and concession stands.
Youth Sports Complex, 419 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, between Juliet and Ellen Streets
This 15-acre sports complex caters to youth baseball, softball, and soccer programs. The Youth Sports Complex is home to the New Brunswick Little League program and Recreation soccer programs. Located on Joyce Kilmer Avenue, the park has many wonderful amenities including picnic pavilions and beautiful landscaping which will make this park a treat for New Brunswick families!
Recreation Park, 7 Pine Street, also accessible from Sandford Street
A project in the making since 2012, the concept plan for Recreation Park took input from residents of the Georges Road, Pine Street and Nichol Avenue neighborhoods and melded it into a plan for a new and improved community park that opened to the public in July 2016.
Recreation Park hosts two large multi-purpose fields, a skate park, spray park, a fitness course, enclosed basketball courts, playground, community garden, picnic, bathrooms and parking.
Feaster Park, 175 Paul Robeson Blvd., also accessible from Throop Avenue
LED Lighting at Feaster Park
Solar-powered LED lighting was installed in Feaster and Pitman parks. The purchase of the lights was funded with a grant from the CDBG program.
The new lights are completely “off-grid” as they are powered by an attached solar panel. Additionally, the lights use state-of-the-art LED lighting technology to use only a small amount of electricity and provide a very directed light that does not spill into the adjacent residential areas. These lights are part of the City of New Brunswick’s efforts to use efficient, sustainable energy sources that also save money.
Alec E. Baker Park, Remsen Avenue at Ellen Street
There is a range of activities offered in this park surrounded by pleasant wooded areas, including athletic fields, basketball courts, picnic area, and children's playground.
Joyce Kilmer Park, 143 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
This neighborhood park offers a variety of active and passive amenities, with clusters of activities. Situated through the park are athletic fields, basketball courts, a children's playground, and a spray pad for hot summer days. A futsal court was opened in January of 2021.
Kossuth Park (Harvey Street Park), 76 Harvey Street
Kossuth Street Park welcomes visitors to this neighborhood park on a lovely street. With a quiet ambiance, there are beautiful shade trees, a picnic area and a playground for the children. The park features a state-of-the-art synthetic surface futsal court that opened in April of 2021.
Monument Square Park, 2 Livingston Avenue at George Street
Monument Square is a public square, proudly situated in the entertainment district at the foot of Livingston Avenue and in front of the Heldrich Hotel. Featuring memorial sculptures and beautiful seasonal plantings, it is a lovely and significant statement to our downtown area.
Murphy Park, 131 Tunison Road (at Woodrow Wilson School), also accessible from Pennington Road
Pittman Park, 101 Handy Street, also accessible from Seaman Street
Quentin Avenue Park, Quentin Avenue at Langley Place
Simplex Avenue Park, 1 Simplex Avenue at Hay Street
War Memorial Park, 1 Jersey Avenue, at intersection of Handy Street
This small park was completed in the summer of 2000 on a tract of land that for generations was a family-owned automobile dealership. The park underwent a landscape renovation completed in May 2021.
Welton Street Park, 137 Welton Street, at corner of Welton and Drift Streets
The City's newest park, it features a multi-level playground and diversion areas surrounded by beautiful garden plantings.