Ponderosa Farm Park Playground in Scotch Plains New Jersey is a splendid farm-themed playground that will have your kids using their imagination to have all kinds of farm fun as they climb, twist, spin, splash, and more on this Scotch Plains ranch.
10 Things to Know About Ponderosa Farm Park Playground in Scotch Plains
As part of our challenge to write about 100 New Jersey playgrounds in 100 days we bring you the details about Ponderosa Farm Park Playground, a playground in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
Where is Ponderosa Farm Park Playground located?
The address for Ponderosa Farm Park is 1600 Cooper Road in Scotch Plains, Union County, New Jersey. There is one main park entrance. Follow the road to the back, past the soccer fields, where the playground is.
The park is part of the Union County parks system.
What kind of playground equipment does the Ponderosa Farm Park have?
This playground is something quite special. The farm name carries over to the playground equipment with themed structures and play areas. The largest piece of playground equipment is a two tower two-story barn.
Across from the barn is a General Store playground for younger children like toddlers and preschoolers.
Are there swings?
There is one swing structure with 4 traditional swings, 2 baby swings, and 2 accessible swings.
Are there slides?
The barn structure has 2 open curvy slides, 1 tunnel curvy slide, and 2 straight side-by-side slides.
The general store has 2 slides that start close together but curve out away from each other. It also has a low wide slide. It also features a bumpy pathway between two areas that could be considered a little bit of a slide.
What special features does the playground offer?
Both of the main playground structures have tunnels, climbing walls, ladders, bridges, and sensory play areas.
In addition to the special features of the barn and general store, there are other ways to keep kids entertained. There is a large triangular climbing web between the two playgrounds at the front of the playground.
There is a splash pad in the center of the playground surrounded by all the equipment. It’s not very large but it’s a popular spot on a hot day.
Melanie who wrote about the Ponderosa Farm Park Sprayground in 2013 said, “Of course we were there for the water! It was crowded but we still had plenty of space to get wet. Bring a bucket (labeled with your name) so your little ones can have more water fun. If you happen to be there alone, the sprinklers come on with a motion sensor. There’s nothing more than sprinklers that come up from the bottom, so no worries about water dumping over someone’s head (unless one of those buckets goes awry!).”
There is a climbing structure towards the back of the playground. It has a slide-like ladder and spinning monkey bars.
Keeping with the farm theme there are also photo cut-out walls that let your child pose as a farm animal or cowboy/cowgirl.
What kind of ground cover does the playground have?
The ground surface is colorful rubber padding.
Is the playground at Ponderosa Farm Park accessible?
The general store is the most accessible area of the playground. It has a wide ramp and pathways to maneuver around if you are using a stroller or a wheelchair. There are also sensory play areas here that are accessible to all.
There are two accessible swings.
It may also be possible to navigate a wheelchair or stroller around the base of the barn area into its shady play spaces as well as around the photo prop areas.
Is there shade available at the Ponderosa Farm Park Playground?
There are lots of shady areas at this Scotch Plains playground. Starting with the barn play area the base level is open on the sides but shady enough to be considered a good spot to get out of the sun. Additionally, the large upper levels have barn-style roofs that can protect visitors from the sun.
Away from the playground are picnic tables under trees.
Where is parking for the Ponderosa Farm Park?
There is a large parking lot for the playground and fields.
Are there restrooms at Ponderosa Farm Park Playground?
There are indoor restrooms located in a building near the playground.
What else is there to do at Ponderosa Farm Park?
In addition to the playground at Ponderosa Farm Park, there are additional amenities available for visitors.
Are there walking trails?
There is a walking trail around the park. View the trail map.
Are there fields or courts for sports?
There is a turf soccer field and a turf football field.
Bonus information we want you to know about Ponderosa Farm Park
Ponderosa Farm Park is a 6,200 acre property that is open year-round. It is on 23 acres of former farmland. There is a lot of open grassy area. On a hot summer day not only will the splash pad be operating but you can expect to see visitors laying out on beach towels and blankets in the grass. Even if all the picnic tables are filled there’s plenty of space to put down a picnic blanket and enjoy a snack or lunch.
Melanie also shared these tips that are still relevant today (based on our July 1, 2022 visit). Almost every time we’ve been there there’s been a birthday party happening, but the space is plenty big enough for all!
If you have children old enough to play on their own, bring a chair and settle in the other shady area.
The playground itself gets pretty hot if you’re not running through the water so while you can probably avoid wearing a bathing suit yourself, definitely plan on your feet getting wet. Bathing suits for the little ones for sure! Expect the ice cream truck to come by as well for a cool down opportunity!
Who do I contact about having a birthday party or event at Ponderosa Farm Park Playground?
We provide these details about Ponderosa Farm Park Playground as a service to our readers and the park. However, Jersey Family Fun is not directly involved with this park. To reserve Ponderosa Farm Park for a birthday party or private event, please contact Union County Parks directly by calling 908-527-4000, emailing [email protected], or visiting their website reservation page.