- All Middlesex County Parks and Open Spaces are open from sunrise to sunset with strict social distancing requirements. Pursuant to Executive Order 204, effective Monday, December 7, 2020 until further notice, the gathering limit for all outdoor activities is limited to 25 individuals. The Parks Administration Building is closed to the public until further notice. Park visitors are to practice social distancing and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
***2021 PICNIC RESERVATIONS***
Due to Covid-19 concerns, picnic reservations for 2021 will not take place in person or by phone on January 4, 2021. Opening day of reservations is tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 1, 2021. Information regarding the 2021 reservations process will be on our website in mid-February. If you have any questions, please visit the picnic reservation page
or call our reservation office at 732-745-3900.
Located on the South Branch of the Rahway River, and home to the "Progressive Playground", Merrill Park has 182 acres of just about everything you could wish for in a well rounded park. This park located in Woodbridge is extremely popular so be prepared to have lots of company any day you choose to visit. There are playing fields, picnic groves, playgrounds, and an animal haven for visitors to enjoy.
A wide variety of farm animals are on display within fenced-in areas at the animal haven which is open from dawn to dusk daily. This facility is visited and enjoyed daily by the young and old alike. Interpretive signage is displayed to provide an educational as well as a fun experience and best of all - its free! In Merrill Park you will see pigs, goats, a peacock, a horse, and many other exciting animals!
In 1998 the Township of Woodbridge approached Middlesex County with the concept of constructing a "Progressive Playground" in Merrill Park. A "Progressive Playground" is unique in that funding for the playground is assumed by the municipality, local schools, community groups, and local businesses working together to establish and maintain the facility.
Location: Middlesex Turnpike, Woodbridge Township
• 4 Tennis Courts (2 with lights)
• 2 Basketball Courts
• 3 Baseball Fields
• 2 Softball Fields
• 1 Soccer Field
• 1 Football Field
• 7 Reservable Picnic Groves
• 2 Open Picnic Groves
• 3 Playgrounds
• Woodbridge Township Progressive Playground
• Animal Haven
Key Feature: South Branch of Rahway River
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