The Loop Playground in Mountainside

Posted on: August 3rd, 2019 by


The Loop Playground is another one of those playgrounds that we accidently discovered. We were visiting the Trailside Nature Center and as we explored the property and the hiking trails, we stumbled upon the Loop Playground. We couldn’t help ourselves. We had to stop and play. As it turned out Melanie had visited this Mountainside playground first and blogged about it here in 2014. With our visit we decided to take more pictures, create a video, and expand on what we had to say about this amazing and fun North Jersey playground.


The Loop Playground in Mountainside


The Loop Playground is located, behind the Trailside Nature Center, at W.R. Tracey Road in Mountainside. Free street parking for this Union County playground is available right along the street in front of the playgrounds.


We know parents want to know what kind of playground equipment the Loop Playground offers. From swings to climbing structures, slides to benches, we help you get to know the Loop Playground through our details, pictures and video below. 


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What you need to know about the Loop Playground

The entire playground area is surrounded by open grassy fields for the kids to run, and also has a paved path that winds around the whole park. Before we get into what the Loop Playground offers, first take a look at our video tour of this Mountainside playground in Union County.


What are the playground hours?

At this time, we’re unable to find any information about the Loop Playground hours. We believe, like most parks, it’s open from dawn to dusk.


A view of the older kids playground at The Loop in Mountainside.


Do the Loop Playgrounds have bathrooms?

Yes, there are bathrooms available.


Does the playground have tables and pavilions?

Yes, there was a pavilion at the Loop Playground with several tables. There are also benches around the playgrounds.


Is shade available?

There is shade underneath the playground climbing structures. There is also some shade provided by the trees that are on outside of the playground area and a nearby gazebo.


The Loop Playground equipment

The Loop Playground equipment includes 2 playground structures and multiple ways for kids to climb, play, and spin. The entire playground area is not fenced in and has wood mulch as ground cover.


One of two playground structures at the Loop Playground.


The First Playground area

The first playground area is geared towards kids ages 5-12 years old, though my teenagers did enjoy it too.

  • Rock formation for climbing


The Loop Playground in Mountside offers a large climbing structure for kids.


Playground Equipment

  • Climbing Ladders
  • Rope Climbing Wall
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Stepping Pods
  • Bridges
  • Treehouse


One of two treehouses with slides at the Loop Playground in Union County.


  • Rope Bridge
  • Sliding Tunnels


The Loop Playground also offers enclosed sliding tubes.


  • Slides
  • Activity areas
  • 6 traditional swings


A view of a slide and the traditional swings at the Loop Playground in Mountainside.


The Second Loop Playground Area

The second play area is primarily for preschoolers and younger kids.

  • Swings
    • 4 Baby Swings
    • 2 Special Needs Swings


The Loop Playground offers 4 baby swings and 2 special needs swings.


Playground Equipment

  • Slides
  • Treehouse
  • Stepping pods
  • Steering Wheels


The preschool playground at The Loop in Mountainside.


  • O-Rings
  • Handicap-accessible platforms
  • Bongo Drums
  • Activity Walls
  • Rock Climbing Walls
  • Monkey Bar Rings


The Loop Playground has orings to climb through and a treehouse in the preschool area.


Between the Loop Playground area

Between the two playgrounds children can cool off on the sprayground. There are two large flowers that spray a mist of water to help kids cool off.


The Loop Playground offers two flowers that mist water.


3 Reasons New Jersey families love The Loop Playground

  • The Loop is tucked away in the Watchung Reservation which is a great place to spend a day! With Trailside Nature Center a short walk away, lots of trails and things to discover at the Reservation you can expect to spend a long time here.


  • The playground structures are new, plastic and offer a lot of opportunity to climb and crawl. The designers put some thought into making the structures with a nature theme, to better blend into the surroundings. They look like they were carved from wood.


  • Too hot to play long?  There’s a large flower there that appears to sprinkle water on you when you push a button!  There’s a shaded gazebo between the two playground areas also, and a sign with prices for ice cream indicates that there’s a seasonal snack stand as well.


The backside view of a playground structure at the Loop Playground in North Jersey.



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Here are more Union County Playgrounds to visit

Phil Rizzuto Park – Union County Parks And Playgrounds


Forest Road Park – Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Echo Lake Park – Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Edgar “Hot Dog” Acker Park- Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Snyder Avenue Park- Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Unami Park – Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Warinanco Park – Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Veteran’s Memorial Waterfront Park- Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Tamaques Park- Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Mohawk Park – Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Pine Street Park & Sprayground – Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Wheeler Park – Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Rahway Park – Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Nomahegan Park – Union County Parks & Playgrounds


Peter J. Esposito Park – Union County Parks & Playgrounds



Want to find more fun places to play in New Jersey? Visit our New Jersey Parks & Playground listing.


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