Masker’s Barn

Updated 06/19/2020

Union County parks follow statewide guidelines for preventing COVID-19; social distance is required and masks are strongly recommended.

Beginning on June 22, Union County will lift certain restrictions on the use of County parks during the COVID-19 outbreak. The updated rules of use are in accordance with statewide guidelines issued by the New Jersey Department of Health.

“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 face are among the basic precautions for preventing COVID-19 and other infections. Persons who feel sick should stay away from others.

The following rules apply to activities in Union County parks during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Trail biking: Trail biking is prohibited in all Union County parks. Trail biking was prohibited before the COVID-19 outbreak, and it continues to be prohibited. Bicycles are permitted only on paved paths in Union County parks.
  • Closed: Shared recreation equipment, certain playgrounds (see list below for playgrounds that have reopened), workout stations, and fitness equipment. The Warinanco Sports Center and the Trailside Nature and Science Center also remain closed. The Walter E. Ulrich swimming pool is under construction and remains closed. Watchung Stable remains closed to the general public and is currently assessing plans for the summer. Basketball courts are available only for non-contact drills as of June 22, consistent with rules for similar sports.
  • Reopened with adjustments:Golf courses, archery range, tennis courts, dog parks.
  • Picnic areas: Reservations begin July 1. As of July 1 the maximum number of people allowed per reservation will be 250 if the COVID-19 outbreak in New Jersey continues to trend down. The limit will rise to 500 on July 3.
  • Limited use of athletic fields: As of June 22, use of County athletic fields for team sporting events, including inter-team games, scrimmages, and tournaments, is permitted only for low risk, non-contact sports.
  • Parks that have playground(s) that are now reopened:
    • 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

Low risk sports include archery, golf, and other events based exclusively on individual effort such as individual cycling swimming, rowing, diving, equestrian jumping or dressage, sailing, weightlifting, tennis, dance, pole vault, high jump, long jump, marathon, triathlon, cross country, track and field, disc golf, and badminton.

For medium and high risk contact sports, fields will open on June 22 but use will be limited to no-contact drills, practices, and simulations of game situations. No games, scrimmages or tournaments will be permitted for contact sports.

Medium risk contact sports include Lacrosse, hockey, multi-person rowing, multi-person kayaking, multi-person canoeing, water polo, swimming relays, fencing, cycling in a group, running in a close group, group sailing, volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball/softball, short track.

High risk contact sports include rugby, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, wrestling, pair figure skating, football, group dance, group cheer.

Note: additional permissions for sports are anticipated in the coming weeks. Please be patient and help protect the Union County community as we re-open our parks under the guidance of public health professionals.

  • Currently Allowed: 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 paths:Follow arrows to move counter-clockwise only. Slow users keep right; fast users pass on left. Give way to others to maintain six-foot distance when passing.
  • Masks: Strongly recommended.
  • Parking and hours of use: Union County Parks are open dawn to dusk only; no off-hours use permitted. Drivers must observe parking rules.
  • Report abuse of social distance guidelines to Union County Police: 908-654-9800.

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 in order to preserve fragile native habitat in County parks. The taking of plants and other wildlife is prohibited. Share paved paths by keeping to the right unless passing others. Bicycles are permitted only on paved paths. 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
Day Rates (4 to 8 hours)

Corporations and Individuals
$300 in-county
$550 out-of-county

Non-Profit Organizations
$200 in-county
$350 out-of-county

Rates for Additional Hours

Corporations and Individuals
$40 in-county
$50 out-of-county

Non-Profit Organizations
$30 in-county
$40 out-of-county

Other Fees

Beer and wine permit
$40 in-county
$80 out-of-county

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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
Elizabeth – County Administration Building
Second Floor, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza
Monday thru Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm

Westfield – Colleen Fraser Building
300 North Ave East
Monday thru Wednesday: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am to 6:30pm
Friday: 8:30pm to 4:00pm

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.