West Caldwell is a township located in the West Essex area in northwestern Essex County, New Jersey. It is located approximately 16 miles (26 km) west of Manhattan and 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of Newark. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 10,759 reflecting a decline of 474 (-4.2%) from the 11,233 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 811 (+7.8%) from the 10,422 counted in the 1990 Census.
West Caldwell was originally incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 24, 1904, from portions of Caldwell Township (now known as Fairfield Township). In 1981, the borough was one of seven Essex County municipalities to pass a referendum to become a township, joining four municipalities that had already made the change, of what would ultimately be more than a dozen Essex County municipalities to reclassify themselves as townships in order take advantage of federal revenue sharing policies that allocated townships a greater share of government aid to municipalities on a per capita basis. The borough was named for Caldwell Township, which in turn was named for Presbyterian minister James Caldwell.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked West Caldwell as its 60th best place to live in its 2010 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.
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Parks and Recreation
Grover Cleveland Park
118 Brookside Avenue, Caldwell
This heavily wooded 41.48-acre park is the 7th largest park in the Essex County Parks system.
• Lighted Tennis Courts
• Bocce Ball and Shuffleboard Courts
• Horseshoe Pits
• Baseball Field
• Toddler and Children's Separate Playgrounds
• Pond for Ice Skating and Fishing
• Picnic Areas
• Jogging Paths
Grover Cleveland Park Website
West Caldwell-Caldwell Parks and Recreation Deparment
5 Fairfield Avenue, West Caldwell
Director: Gordon Bruchac
West Caldwell-Caldwell Recreation Department Website
Snake Den Road, West Milford
Contact: North Caldwell Recreation
Camp Wyanokie comprises 150 acres and is located at the edge of Norvin Green State Forest.
In 1972, the camp was given to the towns of Caldwell, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland and West Caldwell for use by residents.
Camp Wyanokie surrounds a five-acre lake and offers picnic and camping facilities.
Camp Wyanokie Website
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