Echo Lake Dog Park

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.

The Echo Lake Dog Park is closed until further notice.

dogThe Dog Park at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside is just under three acres, with fenced areas set aside for large and smaller dogs. It is accessible for people with disabilities with designated parking areas and sloped paths.

Entry to Echo Lake is possible either from Mountain or Springfield Avenues in Mountainside. The Dog Park is in the center of the park.

 

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Walking Your Dog In Our Parks

Dogs and their owners are always welcome in Union County’s parks. What better place for a walk with our “best friends?” But there are rules:

With the exception of the Echo Lake dog park in Mountainside, dogs must be kept on a leash, no longer than 6-feet. This is for their protection, along with other visitors to the park, human and canine.

Should a dog defecate anywhere in the parks, whether on a macadam walking path, or along a hiking trail in the woods, owners are required to remove any dog waste in a sanitary manner.

Other than at the Echo Lake dog park, dogs are not allowed to roam off-leash, because of the inherent unpredictability of how they will interact with other dogs and humans. There is also the chance of running into a wild animal, that has rabies.

All dogs must have a collar with the appropriate rabies tag and license tag of the municipality where its owner resides.

Keeping Dogs and People Safe

In case of an emergency, please call Union County Police at 908-654-9800

Dog owners owe it to themselves and their pets to read the American Veterinary Medical Association’s “Dogs’ Social Lives and Disease Risks.”

While not intended to scare dog owners, it outlines how the unknown health histories of other dogs can pose problems for your dog, and even you! Just as people should stay home from work when they are sick, to prevent the spread of infection, it is just as important for dog owners not to bring a sick dog to a public Park.

Union County Parks regulations require all dogs to be on leash. Violations of these rules carry penalties that include fines to the owner. So for a happy experience in Union County Parks, please respect fellow visitors, whether two-legged or four.

Rules for Using Echo Lake Dog Park Keeping Dogs and People

Dog owners are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times.

Dogs must be vaccinated and have valid license/tags.

Limit of 3 dogs per adult.

Dogs must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Owners must have a leash for each dog. Dogs must be on leash until inside the fenced off-leash area.

No puppies younger than 4 months old.

No children under 8 years of age. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Owners must clean up and remove dog waste. Bags are provided.

If your dog becomes aggressive, it must be leashed and removed.