If you’re looking for an eclectic arts scene mixed with world cuisine and a funky downtown, Montclair is the place for you.This urban suburb is home to a unique group of writers, artists and musicians, whose presence is felt in the vibrant downtown and on the campus of Montclair State University, home of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, and in the theaters and arts venues around town. What’s more, the New Jersey Jackals professional minor league baseball team plays at Yogi Berra Stadium.Art lovers will enjoy a walk through the Montclair Art Museum, offering a host of permanent and unique changing exhibits, concerts and films.Not visible from the street, the Avis Campbell Gardens is a 7,000-square-foot floral oasis behind the United Way Building. Since 1952, the Avis Campbell Gardens have been a place of solitude and beauty.The walk able downtown centers on Church Street are lined with locally owned shops. Stop into Amanti Vino for delectable wines, tasting parties and private events or Ruby (27 Church St.) for chic women’s clothes and accessories. On nearby Bloomfield Avenue, Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant is a favorite for both vegans and meat lovers boasting authentic Ethiopian food.While enjoying the town, you can’t miss the grand Victorian mansions. Several, including the Israel Crane and Nathaniel Crane Houses are available for tours as part of the Montclair Historical Society.
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Montclair has 18 primary and secondary schools. One of the highest rated schools is Bradford School, with a rating of 9. Bradford School has 456 children. The public schools in Montclair belong to Montclair School District.
Parks and Recreation
Montclair is home to many parks and nature reserves.
Montclair's parks include Edgemont Memorial Park, Essex Park, Glenfield Park, Nishuane Park, Erie Park, Tuers Park, Rand Park, Graz Park, Canterbury Park, Watchung Park, Eagle Rock Reservation, Brookdale Park, Anderson Park, Yantacaw Brook Park, the Bonsal Nature Reserve, Mountainside Park, the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, and the Mills Reservation. The parks include many sports fields, and additional parks are school-owned, such as the Essex Park fields or Montclair State University's Sprague Field. In total Montclair has 153.9 acres (0.623 km2) of township park land spread around 18 parks and 123.8 acres (0.501 km2) of county park land consisting of five parks.
The township has 18 public tennis courts, four skating rinks (two of which are indoor), and three public swimming pools: the Mountainside pool, the Nishuane pool, and the Essex pool.
In 2007, township residents advocated for construction of a public skatepark. Community members revitalized the effort in 2010 and lobbied the Parks and Recreation Committee for support. The township council passed a resolution expressing approval of the project, but allocated no funds for it.