Department of Parks and Recreation


The Parks Reservation Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield will be closing on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 12:00pm. Both offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 16, 2019.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invite you to Celebrate the Season at Warinanco Sports Center on Sunday December 8th! Bring your family and enjoy holiday carols, kids crafts, and face painting. You can sit by the fire and dine in the café.

Skate with Santa and his elves from 11am-6pm (The event is held in 3 sessions) Tickets include entry to the event, skate rental, hot chocolate & cookies.

Tickets are limited to 325 people per session. NO TICKETS AVAILABLE ON EVENT DAY All guests need a ticket, even if they are not skating. These tickets sold out fast last year.

Session Times:

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Tickets available only thru pre-sale. Please use the link below:

Union County is home to 36 parks that encompass nearly 6,200 acres. The parks cross the gamut from small neighborhood parks to the nearly 2,200-acre Watchung Reservation, the crown jewel of the Parks system and home to Trailside Nature & Science Center, Watchung Stable and The Deserted Village of Feltville.

Whether you’re seeking a leisurely stroll, a nature lover out birding or looking for a hike in the mountains or along a lazy river, it’s all out there in your backyard, including a host of multi-use trails that are also open to bicyclists. The multi-use trails are paved and are also suitable for strollers, wheelchairs and other equipment used to assist those with disabilities.

Enjoy. For additional information, feel free to contact Parks, 908-527-4900 or

Ronald Zuber, Director
Phone: 908-527-4900 | Fax: 908-527-4901 | E-mail:
Recreation Announcements (Recording): 908- 558-4079