Park Advisory - All park events and picnics are currently suspended until April 30, 2020. Parks and open space will remain open to the public for passive recreation, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas. However, restrooms, comfort stations, playgrounds, dog parks, basketball and tennis courts, the flying field, and similar facilities are closed until further notice in order to protect public health and safety. We ask that the public practice social distancing and refrain from large groups while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
-The bridge between Picnic Grove 1B and 1C is currently closed and is in the process of being replced. We apologize for any inconvenience.
-Island Improvements: Work has started on improvements to the island in the Roosevelt Park Lake. New bulk head, pedestrian bridges, pathways and landscaping are planned for the island to help ensure longevity and provide for a better visitor experience. Additionally, the pathways around the Roosevelt Park Lake will be resurfaced in the Spring as a part of this project. Access to the island is closed and will remain until the completion of the work. We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to improve Roosevelt Park.
Roosevelt Park is the oldest park in the Middlesex County Park System, dating back to 1917. Set in the midst of a highly developed area, Roosevelt Park is our answer to New York City’s Central Park. Here park visitors can enjoy 196 acres of majestic trees complimented by a picturesque eight acre lake just perfect for fishing. Roosevelt Park offers a multitude of special facilities to make it a perfect destination for day trippers.
The eight-acre Roosevelt Park Lake has always been the natural focal point of the park. The lake is stocked for fishing by the State of New Jersey and on any warm day you will find lots of anxious anglers trying their luck. If fishing isn't for you, you can also enjoy the lake's beauty by walking, jogging, or riding your bike around the paved pathway around the lake.
Roosevelt Park is home to the Veterans Memorial, winner of the 39th Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards. This unique momument, created to honor County Veterans of all wars, and to serve as a testament to their courage, spirit, sacrifice, and commitment to the causes of peace and freedom, is a fitting tribute to our selfless Veterans. It stands in majestic tranquility - a tribute - a place of contemplation - an enduring memorial to those who deserve never to be forgotten.
Another great treasure to call its home Roosevelt Park is the fountain sculpture entitled "Light Dispelling Darkness." This ceramic masterpiece was constructed by sculptor Waylande "Kid" Gregory in 1936. Mr. Gregory employed twenty artists under the sponsorship of the federal art project. The federal art project was part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to stimulate the economy by creating jobs. Mr. Gregory took inspiration for his creation from the site's proximity to Menlo Park, where Thomas Edison first experimented with electric lights. Gregory chose for his theme "Light Dispelling Darkness" - man's desire to combat evil through knowledge and science. The fountain has a central shaft 15 feet tall, which stands in the center of a circular pool 40 feet in diameter. The shaft, which is 10 feet thick, is surmounted by a large ceramic globe of the world glazed in blue and earth tones. Around the shaft, connected to it by arcs of concrete, are six ceramic sculptures, which represent The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death - to which the sculptor added Greed and Materialism. The fountain had fallen into disrepair over the years and was completely restored and rededicated on November 15, 2004.
Location: Route 1, Edison Township
• Level Playing Fields
• Family Skating Rink
• 7 Tennis courts (lights)
• 4 Basketball Courts
• 1 Softball Field
• 6 Reservable Picnic Groves
• 1 Open Picnic Grove
• 3 Playgrounds
• Stephen J. Capestro Theater (Plays-in-the-Park
• Veterans Memorial
Key Features: Eight acre lake and home of Plays-in-the-Park