In addition to beachfront playgrounds and the scenic Maclearie Park along Route 35, the Jersey Shore community of Belmar has fun areas for kids to swing, slide and climb on 15th Avenue, on 8th Avenue, and at other locations in the borough.
1. 15th Avenue Playground at E Street
The playground on the corner of 15th Avenue and E Street in Belmar was completely redone in spring 2017 with new equipment and a kid-safe rubber playground surface. Families staying at our beach house rental nearby have raved about the baby-friendly swings and other park amenities.
In September 2017, the 15th Avenue playground was dedicated to “Belmar’s Angels” in memory of two local students from Belmar Elementary School: Emily Gonzalez Perez, age 12, and Mitzi Hernandez-Nicolas, age 13. The girls were cousins, and both sadly lost their lives due to a tragic drowning accident at 9th Avenue beach right before the end of the 2016-17 school year.
2. Beachfront Playgrounds In Belmar
Local families and visitors alike enjoy bringing their kids to the public playgrounds along Ocean Avenue and 4th, 8th, 12th and 16th Avenues in Belmar, New Jersey.
3. 8th Avenue Playground in Belmar
The larger public playground at the western end of Belmar’s beautiful Silver Lake was also completely redone in 2017 with brand-new climbing structures, swings, slides, a whirl-about, and a rubber surface for safety. The park is located at 8th Avenue and C Street. RELATED: Celebrate Summer In Belmar
4. Maclearie Park
One of the best-kept secrets in Belmar is Maclearie Park on Route 35, adjacent to the Belmar Marina. Maclearie Park is one of my favorite spots to hideaway for some quiet time along the peaceful banks of the Shark River. There's so much to enjoy here: water views, coastal birds, paddleboarders and kayakers, boaters, and glorious sunsets.
The numerous amenities at Maclearie Park include a fenced-in waterfront playground known as the Ed Brown Playground. Ed Brown (1917-2006) was a prominent local pilot who founded the Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall Township in 1938 at the age of 23. The Brown family made a generous donation in the patriarch’s name to build the playground, which was dedicated in his memory in 2014.
Maclearie Park also has public tennis courts, pickleball courts, and shaded picnic tables with charcoal grills. The park has access points to the Shark River for scuba divers, paddleboarders and kayakers. The park is named after former Belmar Mayor Peter Maclearie, who served in this role from 1947 to 1967.
The L Street public beach and the Friends of Belmar Harbor summer sailing camp for kids are also nearby. The Endless SUP Company of Belmar also offers stand-up paddle board rentals, SUP lessons, and kids SUP camps at L Street beach. RELATED: Grab A Selfie At The Giant Bruce Springsteen Guitar In Belmar
5. Dempsey Park
Dempsey Park at 16th and Railroad Avenues in Belmar is designated for skateboarding and basketball. Please note that the skateboard park is currently closed.
Live Like A Local: Rent A Belmar Beach House
Day trips down the shore are fun, but it's even better to rent a beach house for the week to experience everything wonderful about the Belmar area. For couples, solo adults and small families, the two-bedroom Blue Hydrangea Cottage rental in Belmar, New Jersey, is the perfect getaway place. The home sleeps up to four people and is consistently rated five stars for cleanliness, amenities and location. Learn more at www.vacationinbelmar.com.
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