Dover Parks - Community Treasures to Enjoy

The board of shade tree commissioners oversee the regulation, planting, care and control of trees and shrubbery upon and in the streets, public places, and parks of the municipality. The Shade Tree Commission together with the Public Works Department takes great pride in the planting and care of a variety of shrubs & ornamental trees throughout our parks

Our town is graced with the following public parks:

🌳Water Works Park is located off of Princeton Avenue along the banks of the Rockaway River. The Dover Water Commission purchased the land in 1902 to develop water wells for the growing community and in 1933 much of the open space was improved as public park for passive and recreational use.  Water Works Park features a large picnic pavilion, playground, playiong field and across to a tranquil wooded area along the Rockaway River. In recent years, a marked .75 mile River Trail Walk was created as a result of the efforts of the middle and high school students taking part in the County College of Morris Dover Coillege Promise program.

🌳Hurd Park is a passive park that was donated to the town in 1911 by John Ward Hurd. The 6-acre park features a Greek style pavilion having fluted columns, a red-tiled roof and a scenic background. The park is also host to a 1922 World War I Spirit of the American Doughboy statue, one of a few found around the country, a Civil War Memorial, a Spanish American War Memorial, and a Brick-walk Memorial naming those residents who served in our nation's Armed Forces.

During early spring, Kwanza Cherry Trees flanking Jackson Brook display a magnificient flowery show attracting visitors far & wide to come to our town to enjoy the pink blossoms. To prevent injuries to these beautiful cherry trees while in bloom, we ask that visitors please do not climb the trees or shake the branches of these delicate trees when visting the park. 

🌳Cresent Park is located at Chestnut Street in walking distance in the heart of Dover's Historic Business District. Cresent Field is the town's recreational complex featuring basketball courts, turf soccer fields, ballfields, circular walking path, and a fitnerss paracourse. The installation of the street mural art along Chestnut Street is the first art project of its kind in Morris County, which was designated for traffic calming.

🌳JFK Memorial Commons Park was copnstructed by filling in the old Morris Canal basin. The park features many park benches sited along walking paths flanked by large pine and shade trees. The park also features a large band-sized gazebo and a children's play park. JFK Park hosts the town's annual Christmas tree lighting, Easter egg hunt, Halloween parade, and summer concerts. 

🌳Triangle Park is a small "pocket park" located in downtown Dover at the foot of Prospect and W. Blackwell Streets. The small park features the town's 9/11 Twiun Tower Memorial with two sections of the steel beams prominently displayed amid a bed of flowering shurbs and plants. 

🌳Hooey Park is a small neighborhood park with a basketball court and playground for children located in the Salem Village section of town. 

🌳Richards Avenue Park is a small "pocket park" consisting of a small neighborhood children's playground designed on a former vacant lot. 

🌳King Field and Bowlby Park is located in North Dover adjacent to the North Dover Elementary School. King Field was developed for Little League Baseball and features a full-serve concession stand. Bowlby Park features Bowlby Pond, a water body left in its natural state for passive use. 

🌳Hedden County Park is a 380-acre park is located in Dover, Mine Hill, and Randolph and can be accessed by Reservoir Avenue in Dover. The park is named after the Hedden family of Dover, who donated the original 40 acres section in 1963. The park is owned and maintained by Morris County and was dedicated as a county park in 1970. Hedden Park features several hiking trails through woods, along streams and waterfalls, and the 6-acre Hedden Pond offers a fishing deck and paddle boats in season. The park also features a 140-person sheltered picnic pavilion with facilities, two ball fields, and other multiple-purpose fields, a children play area, and several wooded picnic areas with tables and grills.