Westfield is a town in Union County. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 30,316. Westfield consists of two sides of the town, the North Side and the South Side. Westfield, is a beautiful community of 6.29 square miles, distinguished by 211 acres of parkland. Westfield is noted for its beautiful homes, broad tree-lined streets, exceptional schools, upscale downtown shopping area, and it’s cultural and community recreation programs.
Shopping and Dining – Westfield's downtown features many local and national stores, such as Lord & Taylor and several landmarks. There are over 40 restaurants and casual dining establishments throughout the downtown. Downtown is located mostly north of the Westfield train station. The downtown area has a mix of independent stores and boutiques as well as national stores. Over one-third of the retailers and restaurants have existed for 25 years or more. Downtown Westfield, has over 200 retail establishments and 400 commercial enterprises. Shopping and dining in Westfield also attracts citizens from other communities across the State of New Jersey.
Parks and Recreation – Several war memorials (including ones dedicated to the Korean War, World War II, and the Spanish-American War) are located in a plaza near the downtown. The plaza is also home to the September 11 Memorial Park, which pays special tribute to the residents of Westfield who died on September 11, 2001. The Westfield Memorial Pool Complex is public swim club open to both Westfield and non-Westfield residents. The Pool Complex offers a 50 meter 165' x 75' pool, 40' x 60' diving pool, training pool two water slides and kiddie pool, concession snack bar with a full menu and picnic area. Westfield consists of many parks including Brightwood Park, a 44 acre park on Prospect Street featuring a pond with dam, picnic areas and nature trails. Clark Park, a 9.5 acre park on Clark Street featuring memorial trees and gardens, jogging path and gazebo. Gumbert Park, an 8.3 acre park on South Chestnut Street featuring 4 Basketball Courts, 3 Little League baseball fields, a jogging path and playground area. Houlihan/Sid Fay Fields, 4 acres of lighted all purpose synthetic turf fields on Rahway Avenue. Memorial Park, a 19.1 acre park/pool complex on Scotch Plains Avenue featuring 4 Softball Fields, 2 Basketball Courts, Soccer Fields, Handball Courts, Tennis Courts a Municipal Pool and play areas. Mindowaskin Park, a 12.6 acre park on East Broad Street featuring play area, ice skating, Bandstand, Memorial Trees and gardens. Sycamore Field, a 1.5 acre park on Sycamore Street featuring a soccer/all purpose playing field and play area. Tamaques Park, a 106 acre park on Lamberts Mill Road featuring 18 picnic areas, 2 Basketball Courts, 8 Tennis Courts, Shuffleboard Courts, 6 playing fields, 2 playground areas, pond, ice skating, a .8 mile jogging path, 2 Handball Courts and two service buildings with restrooms. Windsor Park a one acre park on Windsor Avenue featuring Basketball Courts and a playground area.
Living – This affluent town has a coziness that stems from an intergenerational appeal. People who grew up in Westfield often choose to move back as adults — to be near parents and to be parents themselves. It’s the kind of community where children ride their bicycles and skateboards downtown, gathering at delis and Italian-ice stands.
Schools, Health, Transportation – The Westfield Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Westfield High School was the 49th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 41st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed in its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools.” In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 25th in New Jersey and 865th nationwide. The Urgent Care Center at Summit Medical Group located in Westfield, is a 10-bed, state-of-the-art facility. The doctors are board-certified emergency department physicians, and the nurses are experienced in emergency medicine and certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support. New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line provides rail service from the Westfield train station to Newark Penn Station in Newark with connecting service to Penn Station New York. Westfield's position and schedule on the Raritan Valley line make it highly desirable for commuters, as several times in the morning and evening rush hours a non-stop