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Memorial Park
124 Dunnell Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Many Maplewood residents are transplanted New Yorkers. The town's easy commute to the Big Apple certainly attractsMore former Gothamites. But we can't help but wonder if the fact that Maplewood has a central park, of sorts, adds to its former New Yorker appeal.

Memorial Park is at the heart of the town, as it's bordered by the train station, the Municipal Building, the Maplewood Library and the town's country club.

The park features two playgrounds, two multi-purpose fields, three tennis courts and four picnic tables.

Maplewood Train Station
175 Dunnell Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040

On an average weekday, more than 3,000 passengers board the train at Maplewood's station. Plenty of businesses, asMore well as the Township Municipal Building, the Fire Department and the Public Library are within walking distance. Commuters, who generally don't have the time or inclination to visit the stores, can employ the station's concierge, which offers services such as food pick-ups and dry cleaning drop-off.

The jitney service shuttles riders from stops throughout the town to the train. There are several parking lots surrounding the station, which fill up fast and early. The passageway between platforms features several eye-catching murals of local businesses. For information on train schedules, visit the New Jersey Transit Web site.