Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2020

Union County Events Cancelled as Precaution against COVID-19

Union County, NJ — As part of statewide efforts to reduce social contacts and stop the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey, certain previously scheduled public recreation and cultural events sponsored by Union County in April and May have been cancelled.

The cancelled events are:

  • April 26, Wild Earth Fest
  • May 3, Sensory Friendly Theatre “Bubble Trouble”
  • May 3, Shakespeare in the Park
  • May 17, Shakespeare in the Park
  • May 23, Paint by the Pond
  • May 30, Rhythm and Blues by the Brook

In addition, a previously scheduled July 1 performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Echo Lake Park has been cancelled.

Union County parks remain open only for individual use that conforms to the six-foot standard for social distance. To avoid spreading or contracting COVID-19 in County parks, visitors should avoid congested areas and give way to others on trails and pathways.

In accordance with statewide COVID-19 guidelines, walking, jogging, hiking, fishing (state fishing license required for ages 17-69) and bicycling are among the permitted activities. Individuals may be accompanied by immediate family, household members, caregivers, or romantic partners.

No group activities are permitted in Union County parks during the COVID-19 outbreak. All picnic areas and restrooms have been closed. Other closures include playgrounds, dog parks, and golf courses. The Trailside Nature and Science Center, the Warinanco Sports Center, and Watchung Stables are also closed to the public.

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, 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.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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