Memorial Park is Maplewood’s beloved 25-acre multi-use park in the center of town, easily accessible from just about every corner of the community by foot, bicycle or car.  It is steps away from Maplewood Village, the community’s award-winning commercial area and adjacent to a NJ Transit train station.

Through its programming, Memorial Park is as an open community meeting space that reflects and serves the diversity of the community and the broader public across age, racial, sexual orientation and economic lines – a community “melting pot.” Memorial Park effortlessly blends the use and characteristics of a local park – where children meet and play – with high quality attractions that draw visitors from across the tristate region.

From April through November, Memorial Park is alive with music, cultural and civic festivals, sports games and tournaments, and celebrations.   Among Memorial Park’s acclaimed offerings are Maplewoodstock, the two-day music festival headlined by internationally-known music acts like Norah Jones and the Wailers, and Maplewood’s Memorial Day and 4th of July celebrations, all of which attract thousands of guests. Throughout the spring and summer, Memorial Park is the site of annual events that have become a mainstay: Green Day promotes sustainability and environmental awareness; the Maplewood Loves Wellness Fair promotes health and wellness; the Cultural Heritage Festival celebrates cultural diversity; and the North Jersey Pride Festival draws from statewide to celebrate diversity and promote equality.

Great Public Space

2016 Designee