El Dorado Gardens

I was recently sent some photos of the abandoned EL Dorado Gardens. I really don’t know much about this place, so if you do, tell me what it’s about.



4 responses to this post.

  1. I live in Springfield NJ Where is this park located? I live near the Rahway River on South Maple Ave . My Brother saw the article in the Asbury Park Press on July 10,2016. I would like to see what is left of this park


  2. Posted by Jared on November 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    what street in springfield is closest?


  3. Posted by Jared on November 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    where is this place at in springfield


  4. Posted by Stephen Lignowski on July 17, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Just yards away from the rumbling traffic of the modern day town, lies a piece of Springfield NJ’s history, crumbling, and all but forgotten. Indeed, it is this place which supposedly gave Springfield its name. El Dorado Gardens was a water park set up along the banks of the Rahway River, around numerous natural springs. Dams and artificial watercourses were constructed to divert the water around the site. In its heyday during the late 19th century, people came from all over to stroll its walkways and bridges, and bathe and drink the waters which were said to have healing properties. The water was bottled and sold in distant places.

    Now, little of the place remains but a few crumbling walls, posts, concrete basins and bridges. The water looks far from healthy, and displays an oily sheen on its surface. The only ones “taking the waters” these days are a few turtles. The bottles, and other detritus of the modern age that lies strewn about is evidence that at least some individuals know about this lonely relic of a gentler past.


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