Masker’s Barn

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, email, 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

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

  • 150 occupants
  • 120 guests, if seated at tables
  • Main room’s dimensions 30′x40′
  • 120 chairs
  • 15-60″ round tables
    • Each seats 8
  • 15-7′ (84″x30″) rectangular tables
    • Each seats 8
  • 6 electrical outlets in the floor and at 3 locations on the wall
  • (2) 10′ wide Barn Doors that open to the outside
  • Heated main room
  • Storage/Display unit
  • (2) Pull down projection screens
  • White Board (dry erase)
  • Cork board
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator/freezer
  • Large sink for water inside the Janitor’s closet
  • Janitor’s closet with trash bags
  • Water fountains
  • Handicap accessible restrooms
    • Ladies – 3 stalls, 2 sinks
    • Men – 2 urinals, 1 stall, 2 sinks
  • 5 horse stalls (55″ x 8″) in hallway
Weekday Rates

Monday thru Thursday – Corporations and Individuals

Up to 2 hours
In-County – $80
Out of County – $100

Up to 4 hours
In-County – $160
Out of County – $200

Up to 6 hours
In-County – $240
Out of County – $300

Over 6 hours
In-County – $300
Out of County – $400

Monday thru Thursday – Non-Profit Organizations

Up to 2 hours
In-County – $60
Out of County – $80

Up to 4 hours
In-County – $120
Out of County – $160

Up to 6 hours
In-County – $180
Out of County – $240

Over 6 hours
In-County – $200
Out of County – $300

Friday, Saturday & Sunday Rates

Corporations and Individuals

All Day, 1 Day
In-County – $350
Out of County – $450

All Day, 2 Days
In-County – $600
Out of County – $750

All Day, 3 Days
In-County – $750
Out of County – $1,000

Non-Profit Organizations

All Day, 1 Day
In-County – $250
Out of County – $350

All Day, 2 Days
In-County – $425
Out of County – $600

All Day, 3 Days
In-County – $550
Out of County – $750

Beer and wine permit

$40 in-county

$80 out-of-county


There is limited parking next to the barn, but can accommodate about 30 cars. Otherwise, extra cars can be parked in the main lot and drivers get shuttled (1/2) mile) or park in the grass field and walk about 1,000 feet. Parking on the grass is allowed when the ground is not wet.

Contact us for more information

Trailside Nature & Science Center
452 New Providence Road

Monday – Friday
9:00-4:00 pm

Email contact

Cancellation Policy for Maskers Barn

To officially cancel a reservation and receive a full refund the permit holder must email at least 31+ days prior to the event.  You must state that you would like to cancel your reservation, the date of the event, and the name of the contact person, the address and phone number.  See below for additional fees.

If payment in full has been madeFee (taken from refund)
Cancellation 31+ days prior to event$0.00
Cancellation 3 to 30 days prior to event$35.00
Cancellation 48 hours prior to event$100.00

Effective January 1, 2017 we will not accept any personal checks.