Goffle Brook Park

Goffle Road
Hawthorne
NJ 07506

Goffle Brook Park

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Goffle Brook Park was designed by the sons of New York Central Park architect Frederick Law Olmsted and their partner Percival Gallagher, and commissioned by the Passaic County Park Commission in 1927. The 115-acre park required the purchase or condemnation of 99 acres of private property. Included were three historically significant brown sandstone houses on Goffle Road: the John W. Rea House (1840); the Vreeland House (1760); and the John George Ryerson House (1750), also called Lafayette’s Headquarters. Only the Rea House still stands today. The original Olmsted design was actually arranged around these historical houses. The design also included several foot bridges and bridal paths to ride horses, as Hawthorne used to have several horse farms. Today Goffle Brook Park is largely located off of Goffle Road and runs along much of the borough. It is still maintained by Passaic County.

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