Park Advisory - All park events and picnics are currently suspended until April 30, 2020. Parks and open space will remain open to the public for passive recreation, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas. However, restrooms, comfort stations, playgrounds, dog parks, basketball and tennis courts, the flying field, and similar facilities are closed until further notice in order to protect public health and safety. We ask that the public practice social distancing and refrain from large groups while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
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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