Breezy Weekend at Weehawken Waterfront

Weehawken Waterfront Park & Recreation Center Photo by Edwin Escolero

WEEHAWKEN – New Jersey, a port overlooks the neighboring city across the crashing waves of the turquoise river. A golden light is reflected from the glossy windows of the grand buildings. The sun’s ray shines off the water as it splashes on the little gray boulders that are set like rows of a checker board which separates land from water. Dancing with the wind on top of the rocks are a row of tall golden brown rice plants, the oryza grass of the plantae family.


A metal black rail adorned with a wooden surface frames the horizon ahead the Hudson. The still light post glazed in a smooth black coat absorbs the light. Sitting on the wooden bench varnished in marble gray paint visitors remain in awe at the sight ahead. Buildings tower ahead, and blue skies streaked by white clouds.

Swimming in formation are geese with light olive green wings, a black neck, and touch of white plumage. Birds chime their seasonal hymen on top of trees that are ready to bloom once again. Hares burrow underground for rest as guests enter the park.

Children are giggling as they run on the pirate-shaped playground as parents watch with a smile. Tykes play on the grass near the red hull of the ship. Friends climbing the nautical styled rope ladder to reach the deck. Running onboard the kids laugh and descend from the plank themed slides to the grass.

Dogs walking side-by-side with their best friend on emerald green grass.

Youths and adults stretch before working out at the outdoor gym, standing on the baby blue rubber mat. A handful perform sit ups, others push ups, and some take pause as they observe the ongoing game in the neighboring field.

Little leaguers among friends swing their bats as they vie for glory on the sunny Saturday morning. At the side of the concession stand close to the nearby field oncoming drivers look for a spot to park their cars and the game goes on.

Across the street from the round of baseball are tracks for a light rail that occasionally passes through Nature’s gray-brown backdrop, a rocky hill that ascends up. Houses situated on top of the hill overlook the recreation below.

The passing train sounds its whistle as it makes its way to the next destination just forward. On the road cars pass in the street between the rail tracks and the field.

At the park, on the salmon tiled pavement people jog with a calm pace and cyclists grazed by the wind ride by the guard rail. Surrounded by a couple of young trees which face the river, athletes and visitors sprint around the padded eight lane track. While youths have a round at kicking the ball on the oval green rug as friends and family cheer them on, on the benches.

Curious explorers walk at the side of the guard rail facing the shimmering aqua which leads them to a boardwalk. Breathing in the salt air of the Hudson trekkers get a taste of natural fragrance of the marine.

Circling back on the side walk by the road a bridge is seen across from the left with motorists heading straight and some turning right to the entrance of the park. Parking at the lot close to the recreation center guests with their kids scamper toward the track.

As the day goes on new visitors enter the park and some are packing up their cars with bikes, strollers, and other supplies. Those who enter the parking lot through the left and exit from there spot two sets of lumber posts that hold a midnight teal sign which reads: Welcome to The Township of Weehawken Waterfront Park & Center.

Visitors will appreciate the Waterfront Park’s view of the city and the effort that has been put into preserving the natural beauty of the greenery. A leisure walk with pets in the clean air will get you winding down along with your companions. Those looking for a training ground will take up the challenge that the outdoor gym provides and the length of the track. The recreation center holds local matches that sport aficionados will enjoy.

If you’re just looking for a tranquil scenery to pass through on walks then think of Waterfront. The cool Hudson breeze relaxes the body after a day of activity and the beautiful city sights and blooming plants soothe the soul.


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