Riker Hill Art Park was a United States Army Nike Missile Base in the 1950’s. The tract was purchased from the federal government for one [$1.00] dollar, in 1974. The buildings that once housed army facilities have been converted to art studios where sculpture, painting, photography, and various crafts now flourish. Riker Hill is a 204.68-acre complex off Beaufort Avenue located in the western section of Essex County and is composed of three parts: 1) The Riker Hill Art Park, a 42-acre former US Nike missile tracking base, acquired in 1977. Its former army barracks are now occupied by artists, sculptors and craftsmen; 2) Dinosaur Park, a 16-acre tract acquired in 1970—well known throughout the state as the site of the smallest dinosaur tracks ever found (This park is not open to the public) and 3) Becker Park, a 147-acre tract of undeveloped parkland that was purchased in 1969 in part through the Green Acres Program. View the Riker Hill Park Map (PDF).
This 146.73-acre tract in Livingston and Roseland located off Eagle Rock Avenue was acquired by the Essex County Park Commission in 1969 with combined county, state, and federal funds. The Becker Park land is contiguous with Riker Hill Art Park and Dinosaur Park, and together with these forms the Riker Hill Complex. View the Becker Park Map (PDF).