Parks & Playgrounds
Davis Johnson Park & Gardens
Located at the corner of Engle Street and Westervelt Avenue, this 7+-acre site contains beautiful gardens and paths including a redesigned rose garden that has become a significant attraction for visitors to the park. The Borough acquired the original tract of 5.26 acres in the 1960's from the Estate of Alliene S. D. Johnson. In 1993, the Borough acquired an additional 1.97 acres to protect the park from the impact of proposed development on the adjacent property. Today, the park contains a greenhouse, maintenance facility and meeting room, gazebo, brick patio, walking paths and landscaping and flowerbeds. The park and gardens are the site for photographs for many wedding parties and wedding ceremonies throughout the year. Individuals may reserve the park for this purpose by applying to the Department of Public Works for a permit.
This 10-acre site is located on Riveredge Road and contains the historic Theodore Roosevelt Monument and pond. There are nine (9) tennis courts (three are lighted) within the Common available for use by residents with a tennis badge obtained from the Recreation Office. The Common includes walking paths and two children's play areas and is a popular leisure time location for Tenafly residents. Recently a skate park was constructed adjacent to the pond. It is the site of the annual Independence Day celebration.
The Borough recently renovated this 5.5-acre park and recreation area. It is located on Oak Avenue and the park includes a walking path around its perimeter, two children's play areas for older and younger children, and rest room and storage facility. The park includes three playing fields used for softball and baseball and the site accommodates two soccer fields for use in the Fall.
Located in the center of Tenafly' downtown next to the historic railroad station. This passive park is the site of a summer concert series hosted by the Tenafly Business Development Committee and it is the site for the annual Memorial Day ceremonies. Also, the park contains memorials to Tenafly veterans.
Neighborhood parks & playgrounds
The Borough maintains a number of small neighborhood parks and playground areas.
Located at the corner of West Clinton Avenue and Foster Road. It is a popular play area for children ages 2 - 5.
Located between Walnut Drive and Leonard Avenue. The park contains a children's playground area and open space.
Griffin Park is located within the Roosevelt Common, adjacent to the tennis courts and an existing parking area. Established in 1996 in memory of Griffin Matthew Caine through a donation by his family and friends, this shady play area contains playground equipment for children ages five (5) to twelve (12) years old. Since its creation, Griffin Park has been expanded to include an upper play area. In 2021, the park was renovated to be fully ADA compliant including accessible parking, pathways, and play equipment.
Tenafly Nature Center
Tenafly Nature Center is a 52-acre haven adjoining the Borough's 330-acre Lost Brook Preserve. It is operated by the Tenafly Nature Center Association, which is a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to preservation and education. The Nature Center supports abundant wildlife, including over 50 species of nesting birds, 23 mammals, and 24 types of amphibians and reptiles. The John A. Redfield Building houses natural history exhibits and live animal displays. Professional naturalists offer a wide range of programs to school children, scouts and families with over 500 groups and 12,000 program participants annually. Visit the Nature Center Web site at www.tenaflynaturecenter.org.
Lost Brook Preserve
One of the Borough's far-reaching planning decisions was the acquisition in 1975 of a 194-acre woodland tract for passive use. The four-year quest for this Preserve bordering of East Clinton Avenue and Route 9W began in 1972. Acquisition was made possible by the largest Green Acres grant ever awarded at the time by the State of New Jersey and by other public and private funds, including substantial pledges by residents. Nature trails wind through the densely wooded tract, which is open to the public year round.
Churchill Nature Preserve
The Borough acquired this 8-acre site in 1960 to provide a nature preserve for present and future generations of Tenafly residents to observe the natural flora and fauna of the area in its original state. Recently a group of Eagle Scouts refurbished the paths and constructed new bridges. It is located on Churchill Road.
This rugged woodland preserve at the top of the Palisades cliffs is administered by the Palisades Nature Association. Of the total 165 acres, 120 acres lie within Tenafly's borders. The preserve offers magnificent river views, waterfalls, many species of plants and animals, and 235 listed species of birds. Since it is a sanctuary rather than a park, Greenbrook restricts walking to marked paths. There is an annual membership fee.