Permits

Essex County Park System Permits

The Permit Unit is the division of the Essex County Department of Parks responsible for assigning permits for use of its fields, facilities, special events and activities. On this page you will find guidelines for use of park facilities, applications and instructions to secure required permits, and images of facilities available for rent. If you are unsure if your event or activity requires a permit, please contact the office.

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Essex County Department of Parks

115 Clifton Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104
Athletic Field Permit

Athletic Field Permit

Permit Information

Permit Information: Athletic field permits are required for use of the following athletic facilities: baseball, basketball, softball, football, soccer, cricket, lacrosse and tennis. Permit applications are accepted during the submission period and are assigned after the close of the submission period. Permits assigned following the prioritization schedule outlined on the permit application.

Clipper Pavilion

Clipper Pavilion

Permit Information

The Clipper Pavilion is an outdoor covered picnic area at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. Capacity is limited to 200 people. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Parking is located across the street at the Oakdale picnic area.

Contact Information

Turtle Back Zoo Guest Relations Office - Phone: 973-731-5800 x221

Special Event Permit

Special Event Permit

Permit Information

A special event permit is required for any event or activity not defined by the athletic field or picnic area permits. Examples of activities that require a special event permit are runs, walk-a-thons, field days, fundraisers, concerts and performances. If you are unsure if your event or activity requires a special event permit, please contact the permit office.

Kip’s Castle

Kip’s Castle

Permit Information

Kip’s Castle is available for indoor and outdoor events. This unique venue is provided in as-is condition. During special events, the park remains open to the public.

Contact Information

Lisa Payne
Phone: 973-433-7649
Email: lpayne@parks.essexcountynj.org

Robert J. O’Toole Community Center, Cedar Grove

Robert J. O’Toole Community Center, Cedar Grove

Permit Information

The Robert J. O’Toole Community Center is located in Cedar Grove Park. The facility features a gas fireplace, kitchen serving area, tables and chairs. The community room looks out onto a covered patio and 4 bocce courts. The building is located adjacent to a large parking area and a children’s playground. The room capacity limit is 150 people. Additional images are located in the photo gallery.

Watsessing Park Community Center

Watsessing Park Community Center

Permit Information

The Watsessing Park Community Center was re-dedicated in 2019 following a complete re-build. The facility features a gas fireplace, television, round tables and chairs. Capacity is limited to 30 people. Parking is located adjacent to the building and an all access children’s playground is nearby.

Feldman Middleton, Jr. Community Center, Weequahic

Feldman Middleton, Jr. Community Center, Weequahic

Permit Information

The Feldman Middleton, Jr. Community Center in Weequahic Park was re-dedicated following a complete rebuild in 2021. The brand new community center features a faux gas fireplace, two televisions and round tables with seating. Floor to ceiling windows look out onto the park. Double doors open onto a patio with outdoor seating and colorful umbrellas. Capacity for this room is limited to 150 people.