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Union County Parks are Open for Sledding and Cross-Country Skiing

Sledding in Union County NJ
Union County’s Echo Lake Park offers a perfect hill for sledding.

Union County, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that five Union County parks are designated for sledding:

  • Briant Park (Summit)
  • Echo Lake Park (the “Summer Arts Hill” near Springfield Avenue in Westfield)
  • Lenape Park ( in Cranford, in areas that are not close to waterways)
  • Meisel Park (Springfield, in the detention basin area)
  • Unami Park (Garwood)

“Fortunately, Union County was spared the worst of the storm, but school closures are still in effect today so it’s safe to assume that many young people will be out enjoying themselves in the snow,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “Please be careful and dress warm.”

To avoid tree hazards, sledders in Union County parks are strongly advised to avoid sledding devices that cannot be steered.

Downhill skiing is strictly prohibited in all County parks, but cross-country skiing is permitted in the following parks:

  • Ash Brook Golf Course (Scotch Plains)
  • Oak Ridge Golf Course (Clark)
  • Watchung Reservation (Mountainside)

Skating on natural waterways in County parks is contingent on the availability of at least four inches of clear ice as measured by Parks officials in accordance with widely accepted safety standards. No waterways have met that standard so far this winter.

Union County’s indoor Warinanco Ice Skating Center is closed today, but it will be open for business as usual on Wednesday, January 28.

Watchung Stable and the Trailside Nature and Science Center are also closed today and will resume normal operations on Wednesday, January 28.

For a complete list of activities in Union County parks visit

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