The City of Summit, population 19,757, is atop the Second Watchung Mountain. During the Revolutionary War, Summit played a pivotal role due to its higher elevation. Today there are several local historians who help maintain the proud history of this lovely city.
The railroad spurred the development of a town center, complete with luxury hotels. One, the Blackburn House, built in 1868 on Springfield Avenue, was reconstructed in 1929 as the Summit Suburban Hotel, then renovated in 1986 and renamed the Grand Summit Hotel. Today it caters to executives visiting corporations in Summit and nearby.
Schools are a major attraction in Summit with 89% of graduates going on to higher education. There are five elementary schools, Summit Middle School and Summit High School as well as various private schools.
Summit has 496 acres of green space. Memorial Field has a baseball field, two softball diamonds, two soccer fields, two basketball courts, a playground, an outdoor roller skating rink and eight tennis courts spread out over 25 acres. There is a 12.5 acre Arboretum which offers extensive child and adult nature education programs, and there is an Olympic-size municipal pool. There are various cultural events including the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts which has 20th Century art galleries and daily classes.
The center of Summit offers fine small shops and excellent shopping, which many find to be a welcome alternative to mall shopping, which is also nearby. Summit has several popular restaurants catering to a variety of tastes.
There is a mayor/council form of government with a mayoral election every four years and six council members representing wards elected every three years and one at large member elected every two years.
Summit is 22 miles from Manhattan, 50 minutes by N.J. Transit train or Lakeland bus.
For more information on Summit, visit ci.summit.nj.us.
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