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New Dog Park, Model Trains, Ice Skating and More in Union County Parks this Weekend

A celebratory opening for the new Warinanco Dog Park is just one of the many ways to enjoy Union County parks this weekend.

 Chilly but bright and dry weather is expected to draw many visitors to Union County parks this weekend. As always there is something for everyone to enjoy, highlighted by the celebratory opening of Union County’s new Warinanco Dog Park.

“We are constantly looking for new opportunities for our residents and visitors to participate in community recreation, and the new Warinanco Dog Park is a great example of the different ways in which public parks can draw people together,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados.

Chairman Granados and other officials will cut the ribbon for the new Warinanco Dog Park on Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. Residents and visitors – and their four legged companions – are invited to come and enjoy dog treats, dog-themed vendors and more.

The new dog park is located behind the Warinanco Sports Center at 1 Park Drive in Warinanco Park, in Roselle. Union County also has another dog park at Echo Lake Park, in Mountainside.

History buffs can stroll through the Deserted Village of Feltville or follow a walking route that traces the footsteps of George Washington and the Continental Army as they marched toward the final showdown of the Revolutionary War.

Visitors to parks throughout Union County can also keep an eye out for birds while hiking along miles of rustic trails and paved pathways. Bird watchers in the New York – New Jersey area are excited by an “irruption,” or unexpected appearance, of saw-whet owls and other bird species this fall. Visitors can help protect birds in Union County parks by viewing them from a distance, not disturbing them while they are at rest, and not sharing their location on social media.

For indoor fun this weekend, the Warinanco Sports Center features an indoor ice skating rink complete with a comfortable lounge, good eats and cozy fireplace.

In Union Township, the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center is hosting the final weekend of its annual holiday model train extravaganza. The Railroad Center is located in Lenape Park, behind the Home Depot off Route 22 East in Union. Shows run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In Mountainside, Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center is open from noon to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, featuring interactive exhibits for all ages, an expansive reading room, and handy access to the new wheelchair-accessible Sensory Friendly Trail.

Trailside is open seven days a week with free admission to the exhibits and reading room. There is a modest fee for scheduled activities.

For more information and schedules for activities in the Union County parks system visit

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