Becker Park Conservancy

The Conservancy
promotes and encourages the wise use and appreciation
of the natural resources and historic properties in Becker Park.

TickEncounter TickSpotter

leucistic Robin

Seen here April 6, 2020

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birding log

County $875K upgrade

The Progress, June 8th 2013 ROSELAND - Rehabilitation of the Locust Avenue bridge is among upgrades announced Thursday, May 31, to Essex County Becker Park, which has been left undeveloped since it was acquired by the county in 1969.

The $857,000 project also includes installation of a water line across the bridge to bring water to the park, two pavilions to provide covered seating areas for the public, benches and trash receptacles.

Boswell Engineering from South Hackensack was awarded a $142,000 professional contract to design the improvements. Let It Grow from River Edge, was awarded a publicly bid contract for $857,000 to perform the construction work. The Essex County Department of Public Works is working with the contractors to address questions and keep the project on schedule.

The improvement plan is funded with a New Jersey Green Acres grant received by the Becker Park conservancy and a grant from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund. Work is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2012.

Essex County Becker Park is 146.73 acres and was once part of the Becker Farm, which used the fields to grow crops and graze dairy cattle. Using county, state and federal funds, Essex County purchased the property in 1969 and the land has been undeveloped since then. The park is contiguous with Essex County Riker Hill Art Park and Essex County West Essex Park.

For engineering drawings see: Improvments Project

Photos of Baltimore Oriole and it's nest

In 1880, August Becker started a dairy farm with 50 acres. It grew to a 120-acres in what became Roseland. Half of Becker park's 147 acres is comprised of this farm. A small gauge railroad, the Centerville and Southwestern, delighted children and adults from 1940 to 1972. Most of the railroad were moved to the Phillipsburg Railroad Historians Museum in Phillipsburg, NJ where it can be seen today.

The entrance is south of where Foulertons Brook crosses Eagle Rock avenue at Locust Avenue.

Located between Eagle Rock Avenue and Interstate 280.

Together with Riker Hill Art Park and Kiddie Dinosaur Park, form the Riker Hill Complex.


  • First trail follows the road to the top of the hill.
  • Second trail goes right immediately before the bridge, goes up through the forest
  • There is a split as the trail continues through the through Walter Kidde Dinasour Park to the lookout, and back. Take the left arm ot the split and a fairly stiff trail leads up to the Missle base. Now Riker Hill Art Park.
  • The third goes left after the bridge, through the PSEG Right of way, turns up , crosses back across the right of way, returns via the road.
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Centerville & SouthWestern Railroad

“The fresh milk line”

2012 schedule:


Lenape Trail

West Essex Park Conservancy

to Birding in Becker Park

Becker Park, One of three parks that is part of Riker Hill Park, is located in Livingston and Roseland and can be accessed from Locust Ave. off Eagle Rock Ave. in Roseland. Protection Status