MontClairVoyant: From ‘Parks and Recreation’ to Montclair’s Parks and Graduation

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 1:15pm

MontClairVoyant

 

 

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Montclair High seniors will board buses tonight for a celebratory ride around town before being driven to their much-deserved Project Graduation party. What’s one notable thing about that bus route?

Sincerely,
Under the Moon on the 22nd of June

It passes near several parks, which gives me an excuse to make today’s column about Montclair’s great public green spaces. The first person to guess how many blades of grass are in Brookdale Park wins an expired AA battery!
 

 


DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,

What do you like about Brookdale Park?

Sincerely,
The Parts in and Out of Montclair

Its trees, walkways, improved playground, rubberized track, artificial-turf field within that track for kids’ rec-soccer games, and off-leash dog area. Surprisingly, I’ve even seen off-leash humans strolling around that park.
 

 
DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Tracing tonight’s bus route south, we eventually reach Glenfield Park — also home to an improved playground as well as a near-hidden gem of an artificial-turf softball/baseball field. Any other attribute you’d like to mention?

Sincerely,
Field of Seams

The park borders Maple Avenue, which makes it an ideal place for pancake breakfasts. But not for Frisbee breakfasts — plastic discs don’t absorb maple syrup.
 

 
DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Then there’s Nishuane Park, which includes tennis courts and one of Montclair’s three municipal pools. Can you name the other two pools?

Sincerely,
Swim Sum, Not Dim Sum

The Super Bowl pool and college basketball’s “March Madness” pool. Always do your research before betting.
 

 
DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Moving north again, Project Graduation buses eventually pass picturesque Edgemont Park — the site of a pond and many geese. What percentage of those waterfowl read Baristanet on a smartphone?

Sincerely,
Honk Williams Jr.

Whatever percentage of a goose’s body is its eyeballs.
 

 
DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Further north is lovely Anderson Park — which has lots of open space, no playground, ancient big rocks, and an inner path that takes me 10 minutes to walk a clockwise circle around. What’s YOUR speed?

Sincerely,
Nat King Stroll

Minus-10 minutes (as in 9:15 ’til 9:05 a.m.) to walk a counterclockwise circle — which I once did enough of to reach the park’s debut year of 1905. When returning home, my apartment wasn’t built yet so I balked at paying the rent online.
 

 
DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
What about this week’s other news, including criticism at the June 19 Board of Education meeting of school-district layoffs and criticism at the June 20 Township Council meeting of the suggestion that Montclair might use drones?

Sincerely,
U.R. Ignoringthings

All in next week’s column, after I read “The Canterbury Tales” section about the Wife of Bath and Chanticleer the rooster jogging around Canterbury Park with their Fitbits.
 

 
DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Finally, tonight’s buses turn right on Bellevue and head to the graduation party without passing Tuers Park’s cute softball/baseball field. Which street is Tuers near?

Sincerely,
Sela Bration

Alexander Avenue, which was named after Alexander the Great — proud member of Montclair High’s Class of 338 BC.

 

 
 

Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.

 

 

 

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