Stone Park Bridge

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Verona Park Bridge, Verona Lake, Verona NJ, USA

Since I have been little this bridge has to me been the most beautiful and fascinating. There is something timeless and magical about it. Anyone who lives in Essex Country NJ or near there knows this bridge and probably loves it as much as I do.
Verona Park is a park located in Verona, as part of the Essex County park system.

Verona Park is a 54.32-acre (219,800 m2) park with a lake bordered by Lakeside and Bloomfield Avenues in the southern part of Verona. This is the 5th largest in the Essex County Park System and was designed by the same designer as Central Park in New York City

Once an old swamp, the lake was first formed in 1814 when Doctor Gone (or Bohn) dammed the Peckman River for a grist mill. Later this lake surrounded by weeping willow trees and winding paths became an ideal location for family activities. Even before it became a county park, the public—including residents outside Verona—flocked there by way of the Bloomfield Avenue trolley, to bathe and picnic and enjoy some commercial amusements.

The first land acquisitions for the park were made in 1920. Demand for acquisition of this desirable tract had been increasing for some time, but action was delayed due to economic conditions caused by the war. To acquire part of this land owned by the Erie Railroad Company, an agreement was made allowing the RR to retain a right-of-way across the park by means of a bridge. Sketches showed a bridge with a series of high arches that spanned the lake and roadway. Fortunately, this bridge never materialized. Instead, the existing arched pedestrian bridge over the lake presents a quaint architectural highlight.

In 2008, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Verona #1 in Essex County and #3 in New Jersey as "Top Places to Live in New Jersey

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