Active Recreation Facilities
Track & Field / Run & Walk Loops
The Tom Fleming Athletic Complex - previously known as The Oval at Essex County Brookdale Park offers free public access to a modern synthetic grass playing field and ¼ mile rubberized running track. In addition to the centralized track and field facility, mile marker posts are installed every ¼ mile along the 1.25 miles of the park's outer perimeter pathway to help athletes and casual walkers gauge their distance. A shorter inner walking loop offers a
Outdoor Fitness Course
A classic styled and recently renovated 18-station outdoor fitness course (aka Parcourse) is located all along the outermost walking loop of the park. The park's unique landscape contours offer a perfect "warm up, work out, cool down" routine to go with the various cardio based exercises.
Brookdale Park’s newly renovated playground offers a friendly and safe environment for kids of all ages with separate play areas for tots and for elementary and middle-school aged children as well as two swing sets: one with bucket seats for tots and one for sling seats. The playground area also has an abundance of green space for informal lawn games and a nearby restrooms in the Brookdale Park Fieldhouse.
The Dog Park in Essex County Brookdale Park – opened in November 2007 in a clearing that residents were already using as an informal area to walk their dogs. The dog park has separate fenced in areas for both large dogs small dogs with stone dust surfacing and various pieces of apparatus for play and exercise. A steel archway welcomes visitors, and a pathway designed with ornamental brick pavers leads them to the play areas. There are safety enclosures at each entrance to prevent unleashed dogs from running away, time out areas where excited dogs can be brought to calm down, dog washing areas and water fountains. For more info including Dog Park Rules and Regulations, visit Essex-CountyNJ.org.
Tennis, Handball, & Pickleball courts
The Brookdale Park Tennis Center is managed by Elite Tennis Academy with support from Essex County Department of Parks Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. The Tennis Center has eleven tennis courts, one handball court, six pickleball courts, public lockers and a restroom facility. These pickleball courts are the first in the Essex County Parks System. The tennis season runs from April thru October. Players must reserve courts with an Elite Tennis Academy attendant. For more information on the Brookdale Park Tennis Center and Elite Tennis Academy, call (973) 744-7060 or (973) 575-1000 ext. 202.
Baseball, Softball, and Soccer Fields
Brookdale Park offers four ball diamonds and a large meadow area commonly used for adult and youth soccer games. Organized use of all fields is managed by permits through the Essex County Department of Parks Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. To inquire about using the fields, please contact the permit office at (973) 268-3500.
Brookdale Park’s outdoor archery facility is managed by Bloomfield Archers with support from Essex County Department of Parks Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. The club, founded in the 1930s, houses equipment, including target butts and stands, in a building adjacent to the field for the exclusive use of members. From April through October, the club hosts weekly “Sunday Shoots” that are open to all archers. Brookdale's archery field is the official site for The Gold Cup and the NJ Outdoor State Archery Championships. An estimated 200 archers compete at these annual events and world-class record holders come to Bloomfield to compete every year. For Bloomfield Archers membership info, please visit BloomfieldArchers.com.