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Essex County Branch Brook is home to a variety of opportunities both organized and informal athletic activities. Permits must be obtained for the following playing fields:

Basketball courts in the Southern Division available on first-come, first-served basis.

Bocce courts can be found adjacent to the Cherry Blossom Center in the Extension.

Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center is located in the Southern Division. Click here for more information about the Roller Skating Center.

Althea Gibson Tennis Courts offer 16 hard and four clay playing surfaces; for more information, please call 973.575.1000.

Bicycling is a popular activity on the park’s roadways.

Joggers and runners can be found on the park’s pathways throughout the year; an unpaved, two-mile loop in the Northern Division is an especially popular circuit.