Nestled at the foot of the Watchung Mountains, Springfield has a population of approximately 15,000 residents. It offers residents an array of cultural, educational, recreational, and civic events within a beautiful suburban setting. Although the famous Baltusrol Golf Club sits in the center of the township, Springfield is an affordable, laid-back community. Residents agree that the town is a “hidden gem” that doesn’t get as much attention as surrounding towns such as Millburn/ Short Hills or Maplewood.
Springfield's 5 square miles is home to a diverse selection of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and services, and is conveniently located about 25 miles southwest of New York City. Downtown Springfield is less than a mile from I-78, which cuts through the northern part of the township. Route 22, a busy commercially lined road with all the big named stores runs through the southern portion. The two main streets are Mountain Avenue and Meisel Avenue, run south from the center of town. The residential neighborhoods off those two avenues are mainly filled with ranches, split-levels and colonials. Residents take pride of ownership and you will see row, after row of well-landscaped homes. The Baltusrol Top neighborhood sits on the hill and offers larger lots.
Commuters can get to midtown Manhattan’s Port Authority station via NJ Transit bus in about 50 minutes. The stops line Mountain and Morris Avenues. On weekdays, more than 40 buses run to and from New York City. While Springfield does not have a stop on the Midtown Direct train line, the town runs a jitney service mornings and evenings to the Short Hills Train Station where residents can hop on the Midtown Direct. Some residents even walk or bike to the Short Hills train station from their homes in Springfield. In addition, commuters have easy access to major roads like Interstate 78, U.S. Route 22 and Route 24 that connect them to many towns in New Jersey as well as Manhattan.
According to Niche.com, the town gets an overall “A” rating and an “A” in the Good for Families category. It is also ranked eighth in Union County overall.
Springfield has one pre-k and kindergarten, two schools enrolling children grades 1-4, one middle school grades 5-8 and a local high school. Besides the typical curriculum, Springfield offers a public preschool from age 4, a full day kindergarten, a telephone “homework hotline” that allows parents and students to check on assignments, a before and after latchkey program for pupils whose parents work, after school enrichment programs and summer trips. . In June 2010, Newsweek named Springfield’s Jonathan Dayton High School as one of the best high schools in the county – only 6% of all public schools in the U.S. made the list.
Springfield has nine small parks. The most widely used is Chisolm School Park, a three-acre facility with two baseball diamonds and a playground. Springfield's Municipal Pool has a lighted baseball diamond, volleyball, basketball, bocci and shuffle board courts.
Springfield is also home to the Baltusrol Golf Club, founded in 1895, which has hosted seven United States Open Golf Tournaments.