Parks & Facilities

Parks

Brookside Park

1255 Hetfield Avenue

 

Green Forest Park

554 Westfield Road

Farley Park

436 Farley Avenue

Greenside Playground

355 Westfield Road

Frazee House Park

1441 Raritan Road

Haven Park

336 Haven Avenue



Jerseyland Park

2377 Richmond Street

Ponderosa Farm Park

1600 Cooper Road

Kramer Manor Park

1950 Evelyn Street

Rt. 22 Ball Field

1909 Rt. 22 West

Union County Vo-Tech

1776 Raritan Road

Memorial Park

2345 Plainfield Avenue

Southside Ballfield

1910 Raritan Road

 



Park Amenities

  Brookside Farley Green Forest Greenside Haven Jerseyland
Playground X        X X X X X
Pavilion/Picnic Area X X X     X
Softball/Baseball Field X X       X
 Grass Field   X       X
Turf Field            
Basketball Courts X X       X
Tennis Courts     X      
Lights            
  Kramer Manor Memorial Ponderosa Rt. 22 Southside UC Vo-Tech
Playground X X X   X  
Pavilion/Picnic Area     X      
Softball/Baseball Field X X    X   X
 Grass Field  X X X     X
Turf Field          X  
Basketball Courts X          
Tennis Courts  X          
Lights  X        X  X
Sprayground     X      

Ponderosa Sprayground

The playground at Ponderosa is open year-round, but the water comes on Memorial Day Weekend and stays on until Labor Day Weekend.  Between this time frame, the water will be on from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm daily.  There is no cost to use this amenity and no reservations are needed.

 

 

 

 

Park Rentals (Picnics)

Available Parks for Rentals: Brookside, Jerseyland, and Ponderosa

 

Brookside Park

    • 11-75 guests... Residents - $75 / Non Residents - $150
    • 76-200 guests... Residents - $150 / Non Residents - $175
    • 201+ guests... Residents - $300 / Non Residents - $400

 

Jerseyland Park

    • 11-75 guests... Residents - $75 / Non Residents - $150
    • 76-200 guests... Residents - $150 / Non Residents - $175
    • 201+ guests... Residents - $300 / Non Residents - $400

Ponderosa Park

  • All bookings go through the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation: 908-527-4900

 

Download
2020 Park Reservation form (Picnics).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 287.7 KB

 

*Before submitting a Park Reservation Form, please call the Recreation Department at 908-322-6700 x 223 to make sure the date you have in mind is available.

Facilities

Scotch Hills Country Club 9-Hole Golf Course

 

 

Scotch Hills Golf Course opened in 1920 as the Shady Rest Golf Club, the first African-American Golf and Country Club in the United States.  The Club was home to John Matthew Shippen Jr., the first American born African-American Golf Professional.

 

The 9-hole course features 2,247 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par 33.  The course rating is 33.3 and has a slope rating of 106 on blue grass.  

 

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday - Sunday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

 

Address: 820 Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains

Membership Information

 

To purchase a membership, please call the Pro Shop at 908-232-9748 or visit the Scotch Hills Golf Course website:

 

https://www.scotchhillsgolfcourse.com/request-membership/

 

 

18-Hole Miniature Golf Course

Scotch Hills Country Club also features an 18-hole miniature golf course.  The course wanders around streams and stepping ponds with small shrubs and trees accompanying them, with a picturesque waterfall as the centerpiece.

 

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday - Sunday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

*The mini golf course closes 1 hour before sunset

 

Let us host your next party! Contact Greg Ward, Director of Sales & Marketing, for pricing and a customized package that will suit all of your party needs.

 

Email: gward@kempersports.com Phone: 908-241-8700 x 308

 

 

 

Miniature Golf Rates

Shady Rest at Scotch Hills Country Club

A Brief History of the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club

by the Preserve Shady Rest Committee

 

 

The Shady Rest Golf and Country Club is the oldest African-American golf clubhouse in the United States.  The building was once a dwelling of a Revolutionary War hero.  In the 20th Century, it was home to John Matthew Shippen, Jr., the very first American born golf professional to play in the U.S. Open.

 

The Clubhouse, originally the Ephraim Tucker Farmhouse built in the 1700's, became the George Osborne Tavern in 1882.  In 1900, the Westfield Golf Club converted the farmland into a 9-hole golf course and the farmhouse into a clubhouse.  After the Westfield Golf Club merged with a club in Cranford to form the Echo Lake Country Club in 1921, a group of prominent Black investors purchased the property and organized Shady Rest Golf and Country Club.

 

The private club became a center for African-American society at the time.  The Shady Rest offered amenities in addition to golf such as tennis, horseback riding, and skeet shooting.  Club members hosted events that brought to Scotch Plains such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Count Basie lead their bands there; tennis great Althea Gibson played tennis; African-American golf pros Teddy Rhodes, Bill Spiller, and Joe Louis teed off there.

Today, this historic building is often used for group meetings, wedding receptions, and other social gatherings.  

 

 

DUE TO COVID-19, SHADY REST IS CLOSED AND WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING RENTAL APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.

  


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