Verona Park

“One of the most striking features of the town is Verona Park, part of the Essex County Park system. The 54 acre park was designed by the Olmsted Brothers and features twin lakes and a picturesque bridge that is a favorite location for wedding photographers during the summer months.  There is a modernized expanded boathouse that is adjacent to the 13-acre lake is used for boating and fishing. Craft shows and concerts are special events held in the park. At sunrise, joggers and runners make their way through the 1.2 mile course around the lakes. There are also tennis courts and several playgrounds.” Verona Chamber of Commerce.

Full History:

“The Verona Park is a park located in Verona, as part of the Essex County park system.

Verona Park is a 54.32-acre park with a 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 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 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.

Historic Profile

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.”

Credit: http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/verona-park/…

Hilltop Conservancy: http://www.hilltopconservancy.org/index.shtml

Permits & Fees : Park Usage / Facilities: http://www.essexcountyparks.org/_media/_data/Essex…

Host a Private Event: http://www.essexcountyparks.org/_media/_data/Essex…

Distinguishing Features

  • 13-acre lake for boating and fishing
  • Olmsted designed landscape
  • Onsite dining
  • Children’s garden
  • Tennis court
  • Playground
  • 1.2-mile fitness course
  • Softball field
  • Bocce courts
  • Annual craft show
  • Gazebo
  • Boathouse
  • Walking paths
  • Senior Citizens Center

10 Overlook Park, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3482684
10 OVERLOOK PARK
Price: $1,180,000    Beds: 6   Baths: 3   
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226 Fairview Ave, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3488540
226 FAIRVIEW AVE
Price: $999,999    Beds: 5   Baths: 4   SqFt: 4850
Elegance & comfort located at the Manors at Hilltop in beautiful Verona. As you enter into the 2story foyer with marble flooring you see this immacula….read more
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25 Gordon Pl, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3493260
25 GORDON PL
Price: $999,000    Beds: 6   Baths: 4   
Picturesque Afterglow Avenue beckons you to this beautifully updated 6 BR, 4.2 Bath Brick Tudor on the quiet end of this lovely cul-de-sac. Nearly 4,0….read more
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7 Kips Ridge, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3503326
7 KIPS RIDGE
Price: $949,000    Beds: 4   Baths: 4   SqFt: 3600
Stunning Townhouse End-Unit in prestigious Kips Ridge on Montclair Verona border.Gorgeous open concept living at its finest. Marble foyer, dramatic bu….read more
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36 Afterglow Ave, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3501419
36 AFTERGLOW AVE
Price: $899,000    Beds: 5   Baths: 3   
Stunning, super spacious, sun-soaked 5 bed 3.1 bath open concept colonial in Verona’s sought after Afterglow neighborhood! So thoughtfully renovated f….read more
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1 Claridge Dr, 1011, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3484044
1 Claridge Dr, 1011
Price: $699,999    Beds: 2   Baths: 2   SqFt: 2000
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110 Sunset Ave, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3476429
110 SUNSET AVE
Price: $699,000    Beds: 5   Baths: 2   
This Wayland gem,located across from Montclair Golf Course,offers old-world charm&great flow for entertaining.Features include updated kitchen w Vikin….read more
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2 Claridge Dr, 3bw, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3434918
2 Claridge Dr, 3BW
Price: $680,000    Beds: 2   Baths: 2   SqFt: 1824
Exquisite is an understatement! This magnificent 2 bedroom 2 bath condominium was custom designed with high quality appointments throughout! Designer ….read more
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20 Church St, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3505425
20 CHURCH ST
Price: $579,000    Beds: 4   Baths: 2   
Open floor plan easy living! Don’t do a thing and just move in. This home has been fully renovated yet retains all the charm original charm. Come chec….read more
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116 Franklin St, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3497865
116 FRANKLIN ST
Price: $549,900    Beds: 4   Baths: 3   
Charming 4 BR, 3 Bath home, close to schools and downtown shopping. Renovated in 2009 with newly renovated full basement including new full bath. Trav….read more
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33 Cambridge Rd, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3495811
33 CAMBRIDGE RD
Price: $537,000    Beds: 4   Baths: 3   
Great location this updated colonial is move in ready! Outstanding details throughout including loads of closets storage, granite and stainless in the….read more
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27 Hillcrest Terrace, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3490325
27 Hillcrest Terrace
Price: $529,900    Beds: 4   Baths: 2   
X-Large house with walk up unfinished attic and unfinished basement. Huge potential for expanding living space. Access to NYC bus and Verona park. Loc….read more
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39 Stocker Rd, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3499328
39 STOCKER RD
Price: $529,000    Beds: 4   Baths: 3   
Great opportunity to renovate this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath colonial located in the desirable Oakridge section of Verona bordering Essex Fells. Lots of pote….read more
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207 Fairview Ave, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3504032
207 FAIRVIEW AVE
Price: $514,900    Beds: 4   Baths: 2   
GREAT LOCATION. WALK TO SCHOOLS, POOL AND TRANSPORTATION. SPACIOUS SPLIT LEVEL. FOUR BEDROOMS, TWO FULL BATHS, 2 HALF BATHS, LARGE DECK OFF OF FAMILY ….read more
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1 Claridge Dr 207, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3502578
1 CLARIDGE DR 207
Price: $477,999    Beds: 2   Baths: 2   
Newly renovated kitchen and bathrooms. New hard wood floors, new appliances new lighting fixtures. Building offers 24 hr doorman, valet indoor parking….read more
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15 Cypress Ave, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3500771
15 CYPRESS AVE
Price: $469,000    Beds: 3   Baths: 1   
Location, location, location!! Great bi-level property in the heart of Verona! This spacious home has so much to offer – inside and out! From the comf….read more
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10 Mt Vernon Sq, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3500157
10 MT VERNON SQ
Price: $375,000    Beds: 3   Baths: 2   
Welcome to the larger 3 bedroom unit townhouse in desirable Beacon Hill of Verona. Home offers sunken living room with hard wood floors and wood burni….read more
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78 Franklin St, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3481118
78 FRANKLIN ST
Price: $370,000    Beds: 3   Baths: 2   
Charming 3 Bedroom 2 full Bath Cape nestled on Treelined Cul-De-Sac. Hardwood floors throughout. Large finished basement, Fenced in Yard, Leveled Lot.….read more
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2 Claridge Dr 1bw, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3500042
2 CLARIDGE DR 1BW
Price: $319,500    Beds: 2   Baths: 2   
Spectacular price for one of Essex County’s finest full service luxury high rise condos! Large entry foyer with wall to wall closets leads to an open ….read more
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421 Bloomfield Ave B4, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3495956
421 BLOOMFIELD AVE B4
Price: $221,900    Beds: 1   Baths: 1   
LARGE 2ND FLOOR UNIT WITH HARDWOOD FLOORS, BALCONY AND GARAGE. AMPLE PARKING, MAINTAINANCE FEE INCLUDES HEAT AND HOT WATER, $140 QUARTERLY FOR SEW….read more
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Verona Family Night 2017

Thursday October 19, 2017 is Family Night in Verona. Organize by the Verona Municipal Alliance Committee, Family Night is a night free from homework, meetings or practices. Families are encouraged to cook together and most importantly spend time with each other. From the VMAC website:

Scheduled Night to be Free of Schedules

Verona Family Night began in 2003 as a “Scheduled Night to be Free of Schedules.” With the support of the Board of Education, Town Council, Recreation Department and OLL, VMAC schedules two family nights during the school year (one in March and one in October). As of 4pm on each Family Night, all meetings and activities are suspended so that families will not be interrupted. That means there are no VCC programs, school athletics or town meetings. Verona students also have a night free of homework.

Local restaurants and eateries offer special discounts for families who don’t want to cook at home on Family Night. Printed copies will be available at the Verona Library, Community Center and Town Hall.

The purpose of Family Night is to provide Verona families a cleared schedule to enjoy quality time with each other. It’s a simple reminder of the importance of family time. Family mealtime is an effective tool in fostering family unity and helping children and adolescents remain substance free.

Poster Contest

Each year, we ask the students of HBW Middle School to submit their own designs for a Family Night Poster. The winners have their designs made into the official posters for Family Night. Posters are displayed in all schools, the Verona Library, Town Hall, Community Center and all participating Family Night restaurants.

2017 Verona family night info and coupons

**** Click HERE for Verona Family Night Coupons ****

https://vmacnj.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/family-night-oct-19-2017-coupon-sheets2.pdf

Upcoming Family Nights:

2017-2018 School Year:
Thurs October 19, 2017
Wed March 28, 2018
2018-2019 School Year:
Thurs October 18, 2018
Wed March 27, 2019
2019-2020 School Year:
Thurs October 17, 2019
Wed March 25, 2020
2020-2021 School Year:
Thurs October 15, 2020
Wed March 24, 2021

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10 Overlook Park, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3482684
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226 Fairview Ave, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3488540
226 FAIRVIEW AVE
Price: $999,999    Beds: 5   Baths: 4   SqFt: 4850
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25 Gordon Pl, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3493260
25 GORDON PL
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7 Kips Ridge, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3503326
7 KIPS RIDGE
Price: $949,000    Beds: 4   Baths: 4   SqFt: 3600
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36 Afterglow Ave, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3501419
36 AFTERGLOW AVE
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1 Claridge Dr, 1011, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3484044
1 Claridge Dr, 1011
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110 Sunset Ave, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3476429
110 SUNSET AVE
Price: $699,000    Beds: 5   Baths: 2   
This Wayland gem,located across from Montclair Golf Course,offers old-world charm&great flow for entertaining.Features include updated kitchen w Vikin….read more
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2 Claridge Dr, 3bw, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3434918
2 Claridge Dr, 3BW
Price: $680,000    Beds: 2   Baths: 2   SqFt: 1824
Exquisite is an understatement! This magnificent 2 bedroom 2 bath condominium was custom designed with high quality appointments throughout! Designer ….read more
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20 Church St, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3505425
20 CHURCH ST
Price: $579,000    Beds: 4   Baths: 2   
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116 Franklin St, Verona Twp. MLS#: 3497865
116 FRANKLIN ST
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