Rockaway Borough (07866) is located in the central portion of Morris County, NJ. The community has a total area of 2.1 square miles and has approximately 2,500 housing units. The discovery of iron ore in the 1700s led people to Rockaway Borough or Rockaway Village as it was called before it was incorporated in 1894. A center for trade and manufacturing, the community was a mining town with goods transported via the Morris Canal. Today, access is provided via Route 46 and nearby Route 80. The Borough developed as a traditional town with a small central business district surrounded by compact single and multi family homes which have lots of old world charm. A number of commercially zoned properties can be found along Route 46. Parks and recreation areas comprise about five percent (5%) of the Borough.
Residents have easy access to Interstate 80 for an eastbound commute. The train stations in Dover and Denville are located close by. Lakeland Bus Lines provides service from the Rockaway Townsquare Mall to NY Port Authority Terminal in Midtown as well as other locations in NYC. During rush hour, the bus ride takes about 60 minutes. Lakeland Bus Lines also has stops in Rockaway Borough and the nearby towns of Boonton, and Denville.
Rockaway Borough Public Schools serve Kindergarten through Eighth grade. Students in grades K-3 attend the Lincoln Elementary School and students in grades 4-8 attend the Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Public school students in grades 9-12 attend Morris Hills High School, located in Rockaway Borough, which also serves the residential communities of Wharton and some sections of Rockaway Township.
Rockaway Borough hosts an annual carnival with fireworks at Fireman's Field on Beach Street. The Rockaway Borough Public Library offers Children's Story Time Sessions as well as Adult Programs which include a variety of topics such as financial planning, yoga, knitting, and poetry. Parks Lake (aka Fox's Pond) is located in Rockaway Borough and Township and offers walking trails, a beach, a playground, and free summer concerts at the gazebo. The Rockaway River flows through town and is a favorite location for trout fishing.
There is an amazing about of nearby shopping for residents. Rockaway Borough has a charming downtown with shops and restaurants. The Rockaway Townsquare Mall is located about 5 minutes away and is one of the largest and most modern malls in New Jersey. Denville and Dover are located close by and offer lots of shopping.
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