Parks & Trails
The Borough of Peapack & Gladstone’s leafy, green reputation is due in no small part to the Borough’s large expanses of green space. The Borough’s residents have access to a number of public parks owned by both the Borough and the County.
Liberty Park: Located on Main Street in the center of the Borough, Liberty Park features walking paths, a large pond, picnic tables, benches and a colorful gazebo. The Borough’s signature white swans and ducks sail gracefully around the pond. The park is widely used by residents and visitors seeking a quiet, tranquil place to walk, for a picnic or for quiet meditation.
The Park dates back to May 1919 when a group of residents met and formed the Liberty Park Association with the goal of developing a park to honor area men who had served their country in the Great War. They proposed to raise the funds necessary to acquire the property, then known as Riker’s Meadow, to develop it as a memorial to local World War I veterans.
In April, 1927, Liberty Park was deeded to the Borough by the Association. The care and upkeep of the property had exceeded the means of the Association. In the late 1930s, swimming in the pond was discontinued due to encroaching pollutants.
In 1948, a second memorial honoring the veterans of World War II was erected. The white swans made their appearance around 1955, the gift of Mrs. Edgar Rosenblatt, who pictured them as the finishing touch to an idyllic setting.
Subsequent memorials to other wars were erected in subsequent years with a new Vietnam Memorial erected Memorial Day, 2015.
Liberty Park is the venue for many Borough events such as Community Day, Art in the Park, The Fire Department’s Classic Car show and Christmas with Santa. Most significant of these have been the annual Memorial Day services, which are in keeping with the intent of the founders of the Liberty Park Association. Plans are afoot to rehabilitate some of the older features of the Park in time for its Centennial.
Komline Park: Located at the end of Apgar Road (off of Pottersville Road), Komline Park, formerly a farm, was acquired by the Borough using Open Space Preservation Funds through a generous agreement with long-time residents of the Borough, the Komline family. The park features a gazebo, walking paths, and recreational facilities. In 2015, a new set of regulation tennis courts and hitting wall were completed.
Rockabye Meadow Park: Located at the intersection of Main Street and Old Chester Road, Rockabye Meadow is a smaller park situated along a feeder branch of the Raritan River. The park is named for the small shortline railroad, the Rockaway Valley Railroad that ran adjacent to the Park until 1917. Benches, native plantings and intimate paths make this Park a special place.
Gateway I and Gateway II: These parks surround the intersection of Pottersville Road and Route 206 and await improvements for public use. Plans, developed by the Borough’s Trails Committee, are to build trails through these tracts creating a Trail loop through the Borough. See the trails schematic here for details on this work. PG Overall Trail Map
Volunteers are always welcome to join the Borough’s Open Space Advisory, Trails and Environmental Committees. Please visit our Volunteer Page