Newark is home to a variety of public transportation options, all of which are convenient and easy to access. Once you’ve figured out your route, get going! Washington Park has tons of uninterrupted, well-maintained park land, perfect for a picnic, sunbathing, and enjoying a slice of nature amidst an urban backdrop.
For optimal Park convenience: Go with the Newark Light Rail. Newark Light Rail has a station in the NE corner of Washington Park (aptly called Washington Park Station). The NLR is operated by New Jersey Transit and runs between Newark Penn Station and Broad Street Station. The PATH train connects to the Light Rail, providing access to Newark from Manhattan, Hoboken, and Jersey City. A one way trip fares on the Light Rail is only $1.60 per adult.
By Bus: I am decidedly not a bus person. I prefer trains, planes, and automobiles, but NJ transit has made the bus system much easier to use and more convenient than ever … even converting the non-bus people among us. There is a convenient bus stop adjacent to the park in the northwest corner where Washington Street meets James Street. This stop gives access to bus number 11, 28, 29, 39, and 72, which connects to towns like Wayne, Montclair, and also throughout Newark. For fare information visit njtransit.com.
Parking: For the convenience and security of parking garages, the options also abound near Washington Park. Edison ParkFast is a convenient garage with two locations a block away from the park (to the south). Daily rates vary depending on weekdays vs. weekends, but generally expect to pay between $5 – $15. Parking is also available at the Newark Museum right on Washington Street, which is similarly priced, but may be more congested than the Edison ParkFast garages. Of course, there is always the possibility of getting lucky and finding a street parking spot, though these require some patience to locate. Street parking is free on Washington Street.