Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cherry Blossom Time Signals Spring in NJ

From April 5-13, Branch Brook Park in Newark will again host its spring festival under pink petals to celebrate the Essex County Park System and its beloved collection of cherry trees.

The week’s events include the Cherry Blossom 10K run on April 6, the children’s Fun Run/Walk on April 12 and special trolley tours throughout the park.

The celebration culminates on April 13 with Bloomfest, a free outdoor family-fun day from 11 am to 5 pm, including live music, food vendors, children’s activities, a crafter’s marketplace and Japanese cultural demonstrations.

Essex County Parks festival information
Branch Brook Park website
Branch Brook Park Alliance


By Car
You may use the intersection of “Clifton Avenue and Seventh Avenue” for Internet mapping or GPS.

From New Jersey: Take Route 280 East to First Street/Exit 13. Turn left onto First Street. Turn right onto Orange Street. Turn left onto Clifton Avenue. Park will be on the left.

From New York: George Washington Bridge or Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey Turnpike South. Take Exit 15W for Route 280 West. Take Exit 14. Turn right onto Clifton Avenue. Follow above directions.

View Larger Map or get Driving Directions via Google Maps

By Train/Subway
Take NJ Transit or PATH Trains to Newark Penn Station. Board the Newark Light Rail toward either Branch Brook Park or Grove Street. For the Southern and Middle Divisions, exit at Park Avenue. Exit at Bloomfield Avenue to reach the Northern and Middle Divisions; the Northern Division is also accessible from the Davenport Avenue stop. The Branch Brook Park stop provides access to the Extension.

By Bus

A variety of bus routes provides services to Branch Brook Park. These include NJ Transit's bus lines #11. #27, #28, #29, #41, #72, #74, #90, #92, #93, #99 and #108. For schedule information, call 1-800-772-22221-800-772-2222 or visit

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