Parks & Facilities


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
Pavilion / Picnic Area    
Baseball / Softball Field      
Grass Field        
Turf Field            
Basketball Courts      
Tennis Courts          


  Kramer Manor Memorial Ponderosa Rt. 22 Southside UC Vo-Tech
Pavilion / Picnic Area          
Baseball / Softball Field    
Grass Field      
Turf Field        
Basketball Courts          
Tennis Courts          


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 !





Field Rentals

2021 Spring Facility Permit Application.
Adobe Acrobat Document 393.3 KB

Field time is allocated by priority:


1. The Recreation Department

2. Allied Associations

3. Resident-Based Groups

4. Non-Resident-Based Groups


*Allied Associations: 2021 Spring Facility Permit Applications are due by March 1, 2021*


Picnic Rentals

2021 Picnic Rental Form - Covid Acknolwe
Adobe Acrobat Document 292.5 KB


All bookings for Ponderosa Park are done through the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Phone #: 908-527-4900


Before submitting a Picnic Rental Form, please call the Recreation Department to make sure the date is available.

Phone: 908-322-6700 x 223


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:



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: 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.  





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