'Undiscovered' Park Offers Prime Picnic Spot in Fair Lawn [VIDEO]
Video tour of beautiful park that few in town know exists.
There are several beautiful spots in or near Fair Lawn to picnic with your family or with a date. The best known is Saddle River County Park which has picnic tables, stoves and playgrounds for children.
But perhaps the best picnic area in Fair Lawn is a mystery park that doesn’t appear on any maps and most people in Fair Lawn don’t know exists. This isolated park with a pretty grove of trees is quiet and peaceful. Now called Henderson Park, this beautiful park is one of the seven parks currently being voted on in the poll "Most Beautiful Park in Fair Lawn."
To get to the "new" Henderson Park, go north on 11th Street past the Fair Lawn Senior Center. Go past a park on the right that is called Henderson Park on maps. Just before the turn onto Henderson Boulevard, on your left will be this wonderful park. It has no picnic tables yet, so bring a blanket.
The park borders a creek that Recreation and Parks Superintendent Jim Graff says floods the park after heavy rains.
“We maintain the park and cut the grass” said Graff, who considers the area an extension of Henderson Park. “But the flooding prevents it from being developed as a park”.
A nearby resident, Chris Lembke, who lives on Chester Street, said his kids grew up playing in the park and the whole neighborhood uses it.
Another neighbor, Irene Slawenski, said her family calls it “the field” and they walk their dog there.
Fair Lawn historian Jane Diepeveen said the land was once considered for building senior housing.
Now it’s just the best picnic area in Fair Lawn.