R E C R E A T I O N
South Orange has a municipal pool which is open during the summer. A recreation badge costs $35 per person, and not more than $140 per household. This gains access to tennis courts and pool.
Maplewood charges $400 per household for use of its summer pool.
JFK Aquatic Center, Newark. This is a winter-time economical alternative. The centre has an olympic-size, indoor pool. Swimmers must wear bathing caps. Yearly membership fee is $15. Located at 211 W. Kinney St., Newark. Tel: 973-733-6550
Academy Heights is a neighborhood that is made for walking! You can walk to most parts of South Orange or Maplewood from our area, or take a walk along Academy Street as many residents do.
South Mountain Reservation is a short drive west on South Orange Avenue. There you can park your car, and walk along a mile-long paved path along a ridge, or you can hike through the woods.
It's easy to run/jog around our neighbourhood or town! Some people run to Underhill Field (the High School running track on Garfield Place) to use the facility, while others run to New Waterlands Field and use the pathway through the woods. You may also jog through the village center and run along the river walkway.
Whether you want to grill with gas or use charcoal a barbecue, a backyard or a block party is the perfect place to try your hand.
Trees are assets and amenities that help keep our homes cool, supply miniature eco-systems, and help absorb excessive rain water. Homeowners are urged to retain and preserve shade trees as long as possible.
Academy Heights has its very own park--just off of Valley Street near 5th: it has a small playground, swing sets, and numerous benches. Until 1971, this space was a historic cemetery. The town then converted the space into a park, and transferred the graves to the centre of the green (under the obelisk). Many of the town's fathers are listed on that column. In March 2017, the village officially changed the name of the park from Memorial Park to FOUNDERS PARK. The residents of Academy Heights have a park clean-up day in the springtime and contribute to plantings throughout the green area.
If you have children who are train-spotting fans, the park is a great place to see New Jersey Transit trains whiz by. A chain-link fence between park and railway insure that nobody can stray onto the rails.
G E T T I N G O U T
The north end of Academy Heights transitions into South Orange's "downtown" where local residents walk to buy groceries, have a drink , listen to music or take their kids for an ice cream cone. During summer, Friday and Saturday evenings "downtown" include listening to live musical groups at Spiotta Park.