With Stage 2 of reopening underway in the Garden State, there are increasing opportunities to get back to life as normal — in particular, outdoor gatherings are now permitted for up to 250 people. That means outdoor dining, outdoor events and outdoor exploring are all deemed relatively safe by the state. And if you’re in Englewood, your local parks are a great place to experience all three.

At McKay Park on Englewood Avenue, enjoy use of the sports fields, tennis courts, picnic tables, metal benches, playground and fitness route. Over at Denning Park on Lafayette Place and Forest Avenue, there’s a pond, playground, fields, swings, a dog run and more. And at Morris Park, located at Cross Street and Morris Park, there’s a similar range of facilities for low-key outdoor recreation.

If you’re looking for a more nature-filled outdoor experience, head over to Flat Rock Brook, a 150-acre nature preserve and environmental education center with 3.6 miles of hiking trails that end with a pond, cascading stream, wetlands, and meadows. Flat Rock Brook is located at 443 Van Nostrand Avenue in Englewood, NJ.

Indoor gatherings up to 100 people at 25% capacity are currently permitted as well, but we encourage extra caution — keep distance up to 6 feet where possible, and of course, always wear a mask.

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