Dog Parks


Important Information Regarding Union County Parks

Updates:

  • The COVID-19 virus is still circulating and it can still cause serious illness or death among unvaccinated people.Protect yourself and those around you by getting vaccinated as soon as possible. To make an appointment visit ucnj.org/vax.
  • Please note: 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 only.
  • Hikers and dog walkers: 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 unless in dog parks. All trash must be carried out when receptacles are full or unavailable. 

For more information and updates on Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak visit ucnj.org/covid19.


On or about March 28, 2022, a portion of Echo Lake Dog Park will be closed for re-seeding and minor improvements.

Echo Lake Park Dog Park

The Dog Park at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside covers almost 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 from Mountain or Springfield Avenues in Mountainside. The Dog Park is in the center of the park.

Address for your GPS:

Park Drive
Mountainside, NJ 07092

Warinanco Dog Park

The dog park at Warinanco Park in Roselle is located next to the Warinanco Sports Center (formerly the Ice Skating Center), at 1 Park Drive in Roselle. Parking is available on site and across the street on Park Drive. 


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.