Parks, Activities, Locations & Maps

Union County Parks follow NJ COVID-19 guidelines: Social distancing required/Masks strongly recommended

Union County Parks follow NJ COVID-19 guidelines:  Social distancing required/Masks strongly recommended

In accordance with State executive orders, Union County parks have reopened and are operating in accordance with current COVID-19 guidelines.

“Masks and social distance are the only effective tools we have for stopping the spread of COVID-19, so we strongly urge visitors to continue to observe precautions against infection while enjoying outdoor activities in County parks,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Social distancing, wearing face masks, washing hands frequently, and keeping hands away from one’s face are among the basic and most effective precautions for preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and other infections. Persons who feel sick should stay away from others.

The following rules apply to Parks activities:

  • Trail biking:Trail biking is prohibited in all Union County parks. Trail biking was prohibited before the COVID-19 outbreak, and the prohibitions continue. Bicycles are permitted on paved paths and roadways.
  • Closed: The Warinanco Sports Center and the Trailside Nature and Science Center remain closed.
  • Recreation Facilities reopened with restrictionsGalloping Hill and Ashbrook Golf Courses, Oak Ridge Archery Range, tennis courts, Echo Lake and Warinanco dog parks, Watchung Stable (Details on Parks website)
  • Picnic areas: The maximum number of people allowed in a picnic area varies. Check with Parks Reservation Desk for capacity before reserving a picnic area, 908-527-4900.
  • Athletic fields: As per executive order, prior restrictions are lifted
  • Playgrounds: Parks playgrounds are open at Cedar Brook, Conant, Echo Lake, Esposito, Green Brook, John Russell, Wheeler, Lighting Brook, Loop Playground, Madison Avenue, Mattano, Mohawk, Mohawk, Nomahegan, Phil Rizzuto, Ponderosa, Rahway, Rutgers Ave, Snyder, Unami, Warinanco, Wheeler
  • Walking/Cycling/Fishing: Individual activities such as walking, jogging, biking and fishing are allowed. Bicycles are allowed on paved pathways only. No bicycles are allowed on unpaved paths and trails in Union County parks.
  • Use of walking path: Give way to others to maintain six-foot distance when passing.
  • Masks: Strongly recommended.
  • Parking and hours of use: Parking hours vary in Union County Parks and are posted in all lots.
  • Reporting abuse of social distance guidelines: Call Union County Police908-654-9800.

For maps, directions, and more information about activities in Union County parks, visit online at ucnj.org/parks, email parksinfo@ucnj.org, or call 908-527-4900.

Park visitors please note: Stay on marked trails to preserve fragile native habitat. The taking of plants and other wildlife is prohibited. Share paved paths by keeping to the right unless passing. Dogs must be kept on leash. All trash must be carried out where receptacles are full or unavailable. 

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the Test Center, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

Ashbrook Reservation

Nature Trails

Scotch Plains

Black Brook Park

Baseball, Fishing, Soccer, Softball

329 N 15th St, Kenilworth, NJ 07033

Map

Kenilworth

Briant Park

Fishing, FItness Trail, Ice Skating

Briant Park Dr, Springfield Township, NJ 07081

Map

Summit

Cedar Brook Park

Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Fishing, Fitness Trail, Handball, Picnic Area (Reservable), Playground, Restrooms, Soccer, Softball, Spray Pool, Tennis Courts

Park Drive Plainfield, NJ 07060

Map

Plainfield, South Plainfield

Echo Lake Park

Dog Park, September 11th Memorial, Fishing, Fitness Trail, Ice Skating, Pedal Boats, Picnic Area (Reservable), Playground, Restrooms, Sledding, Snack Bar, Soccer, Softball

Park Drive, Mountainside, NJ 07101

Map

Mountainside, Westfield

Elizabeth River Parkway

Chatfield/Zimmerman Hillside and Union Township Baseball, Softball Map 1137-1167 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083

Lightning Brook Hillside and Union Baseball, Fishing, Playground Map 1137-1167 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083

Pruden/Pearl Oval Elizabeth Soccer Map 162-202 South Pearl Street Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Salem/Rutgers/Liberty Hillside and Union Twp. Soccer Map 525 Rutgers Avenue Hillside, NJ 07205

Woodruff/Conant Street Hillside and Union Twp. Fitness Trail, Playground, Restrooms, Soccer, Softball, Wi-Fi Map 361 Conant Street Hillside, NJ 07205

Ursino Hillside and Union Twp. Trail near River Map 574-592 Lakeview Drive Hillside, NJ 07205

Esposito Park

Baseball, playground, Soccer, Skate Park

Map

Clark

629-641 Madison Hill Road Clark, NJ 07066

Green Brook Park

Baseball, Basketball, Fishing, Picnic Area (Non-Reservable), Playground, Soccer

Map

90 Clinton Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07063

Plainfield, North Plainfield

Hidden Valley

Pistol Range

Map

Springfield, Summit

Houdaille Quarry

Map

Springfield

Kawameeh Park

Bicycle Path, Baseball, Soccer, Softball

490 David Terrace, Union, NJ 07083

Map

Union Township

Lenape Park

Fitness Trails, Bicycle Path

130 Kenilworth Boulevard Cranford, NJ 07016

Map

Cranford, Kenilworth, Springfield, Union, Westfield

Madison Avenue

Baseball, Playground, Restrooms, Soccer

1136-1300 Madison Avenue Rahway, NJ 07065

Map

Rahway

Mattano Park

Baseball, Soccer, Softball, Skate Park, Wi-Fi

430 5th Avenue Elizabeth, NJ 07206

Map

Elizabeth

McConnell Park

Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing

122 Eastman Street Cranford, NJ 07016

Map

Cranford

Milton Lake Park

Bicycle Path, Fishing, Fitness Trail

677 Madison Avenue Rahway, NJ 07065

Map

Clark, Rahway

Nomahegan Park

Bicycle Path, Fitness Trail, Restrooms, Softball, Soccer, Wi-Fi

995 Springfield Avenue Cranford, NJ 07016

Map

Cranford

Oak Ridge Park

Walking Paths, Fitness Trails, Archery Range

Map, 5-K Certification

201 Oak Ridge Road Clark, NJ 07066

Clark, Edison

Passaic River Park

Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Nature Trails, Soccer

Section 1 Map, Section 2 Map

44-48 New Providence Avenue Summit, NJ 07901

Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit

Stanley Avenue Park

Canoeing, Kayaking, Picnic Area

30 Mount Vernon Avenue Summit, NJ 07901

Summit

Snyder Avenue Park

Athletic Fields and Sprayground

Map

240 Snyder Ave, Berkeley Heights NJ 07922

Berkeley Heights

Ponderosa Farm Park

Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, Soccer, Water-Spray Playground, two reservable picnic areas, Wi-Fi

1532-1578 Cooper Road Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Map

Scotch Plains

Phil Rizzuto Park

Fitness Trail, Non-Reservable Picnic Area, Playground, Restroom, Soccer, Spray Pool, Wi-Fi

599 Morris Avenue Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Map

Union, Elizabeth

Rahway River Park

Baseball, Softball, Swimming Pool, Playground, Picnic, Running Track, Football, Soccer

Parkway Drive, Rahway, NJ

Map

Rahway

Rahway River Parkway

Osceola Section Clark, Linden Fishing Map

Bloodgood Pond Clark Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing

Jackson’s Pond Clark Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing

Sperry Pond Cranford Basketball, Bicycle Path, Fishing, Ice Skating Map 4 Riverside Drive Cranford, NJ 07016

Squires Island Rahway Fishing Map

Meisel Avenue Park

Baseball, Fishing, Fitness Trail, Running Track, Soccer, Softball

Map

Springfield

Washington Avenue Park

Basketball, Softball

18 Morris Avenue Springfield Township, NJ 07081

Map

Springfield

Sperry Park

Fishing

Map

Cranford

Unami Park

Baseball, Basketball, Picnic Area (Reservable), Playground, Restrooms, Soccer, Softball, Tennis Courts

Map

423 South Union Avenue Cranford, NJ 07016

Cranford, Garwood, Westfield

Warinanco Park

Baseball, Basketball, Bicycle Path, Lit Clay Courts, Cricket, Fishing, Fitness Trail, Handball, Horseshoes, Ice Skating Rink, Pedal Boats, Picnic Area (Reservable), Playground, Restrooms, Running Track, Shuffleboard, Snack Bar, Soccer, Softball, Spray Pool, Tennis Courts, Wi-Fi at Rink and Boathouse

Warinanco Park Roadway Roselle, NJ 07203

Map

Elizabeth, Roselle

Watchung Reservation

Bridle Trails, Canoeing/Kayaking at Lake Surprise, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Trailside Nature and Science Center, Nature Trails, Organized Scout Camping Area, Picnic Area (Reservable), Playground, Restrooms, Snack Bar, Watchung Stables, Wi-fi at Trailside

West R Tracy Drive Mountainside, NJ 07092

Map

Historic Map

Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Watchung

Wheeler Park

John Russell Wheeler Memorial Pool, Non-Reservable Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, Snack Bar, Skate Park, Soccer, Softball, Wi-fi at Pool

Map

117-299 West Stimpson Avenue Linden, NJ 07036

Linden