Yessir, that sure is the New Providence High School football field. I think.
Last time I had an ankle/tendon/ligament injury, I was very wary of running up and down hills (which was unfortunate because I basically live in the middle of a large hill).
But for the next time that injury flares up… the track at the New Providence High School is— as far as I can tell— open to public joggers.
I don’t know if this is standard or not (I don’t go lurking around high school tracks very often), but there’s a little ungated labyrinthine entrance that you can squeeze through, and BOOM! there you are on the track.
Plus, there’s a sign asking joggers to stay on the outside three lanes. Why would they post such a sign if joggers weren’t welcome?
When I visited Jaycees Park, I was in search of a nice paved pathway. I love fitness skating, but I’m not very good at it, so I need a long and reasonably smooth stretch of pavement that’s out of traffic’s way. I had a few old standby paths when I lived further south (Joe Palaia Park, Thompson Park, Sandy Hook Bike Path), but I have yet to find anything up here.
Jaycees Park is probably great for runners, bikers, and dog-walkers, but it is just not safe for skaters. (Not uncoordinated skaters like me, anyway.) Not only has the path not been repaved in years (and so it’s fairly torn-up in places), but it’s very narrow, and much of it skims right along the storm drain/ditch here. There are areas where the path leads you right to the ditch.
I ended up doing laps around the community pool parking lot (which is where you park your car for Jaycees Park) for half an hour. It was epically unexciting, but the pavement was butter-smooth.
There’s a park/path that curls around the New Providence High School football field (which was being used for soccer practice when I visited) called “Jaycees Park.” It was created through various organizations, according to a sign near where this photo was taken:
This exer-trail has been made available to the citizens of New Providence through the generous donations from the New Providence Murray Hill Lions Club, Martindale Hubbel, Manufacturers Hanover, Electrical Industries, and Summit & Elizabeth Trust Company.
This community project was constructed to foster the health and physical well being of all those who may choose to utilize it
(The sign is a bit difficult to read, so I may have added a few extra commas where they don’t belong)
Incidentally: I discovered it through the New Providence Patch, which is a fantastic source of local information (particularly about parks that aren’t county-owned and thus not featured on the county website). I happen to be lucky, ‘cos a lot of my local towns do actually have their own Patch. I do wish there was a way to cross-check a lot of ’em at once, though.