The Recreation Department provides a variety of programs and activities for borough residents of all ages. In addition, the department is responsible for the maintenance and operation of several facilities located within the borough. These include the Community Pool, Echo Lake Park Fitness Trail, sandbox, basketball/volleyball courts adjacent to the pool, the Echo Brook softball/soccer fields (lighted), and the Echo Brook tennis courts (lighted). All of these are located in the vicinity of Borough Hall. In the Deerfield School area, the department maintains the toddler playground equipment, several softball and soccer fields (lighted), batting cages, and the tennis courts (lighted). Behind Beechwood School, the department maintains the softball field.

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Programs for Children

  • Summer Playground
  • Football for K-6th Grade
    • Flag Football
  • Guitar 101
  • Babysitter Training Course (Red Cross)
  • Junior Rock
  • After School Game Room
  • Lacrosse
    • Clinic (Age 7-9)
    • Senior Squirts (Age 5-6)
    • Squirts (Age 4-5)
  • Intro to Basketball Skills
    • Kindergarten
    • First Grade
    • Second Grade
    • Boys Gr. 3-5
    • Girls Gr. 3-5
    • Boys Gr. 6-8
    • Girls Gr. 6-8
    • Bball Boot Camp
    • Basketball Summer Camp
  • Baseball
    • Baseball Summer Camp
  • Soccer for 3rd-10th grade
    • Summer Soccer Clinic
    • U13 Girls Rec
    • U15 Girls Rec
    • U13 Boys Rec
    • U15 Boys Rec
    • U17 Boys Rec
    • Indoor Soccer League
    • Indoor Soccer Clinics
    • 3rd-4th grade coed Rec soccer
    • 3rd-4th grade travel soccer
  • Teen Scene
  • Teen Yoga (Age 10-15)
  • Multi Sports
    • Parent & Me (Age 2-3)
    • Sports Squirts (Age 3-5)
    • Senior Squirts (Age 6-8)
  • Tennis

Programs for Adults

Community Room

The Community Room at Borough Hall is open for meetings and events. Located on the 2nd Floor, the room includes a main, large meeting room; the Senior Fitness Room, and the Game Room, as well as a storage closet and a bathroom.

The room can accommodate up to 180 people, and may be reserved weekdays and weekends until 11 pm. Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis. Municipal purposes, such as elections, board meetings, and scheduled recreation programs, have priority. The room is also available for private rentals. Application for use of the room must be made at least 30 days in advance through the Recreation Office. For reservation information and a copy of the rules and regulations

Game Room

The Game Room contains air hockey, dome hockey, foosball, ping pong, pool, and a variety of board games.

Senior Fitness Room

The Senior Fitness Room provides seniors with an opportunity to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle through the use of state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Treadmills, an elliptical, a stationary bike, a recumbent bike, a multi-station gym, and dumbbell weights are all available. Free orientation tours are scheduled monthly and are required for new members. The tours include a demonstration of the proper use of equipment. The room is open weekdays from 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Memberships for people ages 55 and above are $60/year or $40/six months. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Department.

Community Pool

Dip, dunk, plunge, and jump into the water at the Mountainside Community Pool. Our beautiful barrier-free outdoor facility features:

  • 50-Meter Olympic pool.
  • Diving tank
  • Two water slides
  • Basketball courts
  • Youth swimming and diving instruction

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Union County Facilities in Mountainside

  • Echo Lake Park: A beautiful 139-acre park with two lakes. There is boating, skating, and fishing as well as picnic areas, restrooms, dog run, ball fields, playgrounds, and the Union County memorial to September 11, 2001.
  • Summer Music Festival:Featured every Wednesday evening from June through August at Echo Lake Park’s natural amphitheater
  • Watchung Reservation: This incredibly beautiful 2,000-acre wooded reservation is ideal for horseback riding, hiking, and fishing. It features an arboretum, athletic field, bridle trails, cross country ski course, model airplane flying, nature trails, picnic areas, playground, and the deserted village of Feltville.
  • The Watchung Riding Stable: A magnificent state of the art facility located on Summit Lane in Mountainside. It features extensive programs for young and old. Call (908) 654-9404 for information.
  • Trailside Nature and Science Center and Planetarium: Now reopened! Located in Mountainside at Coles Avenue and New Providence Road. The expanded and renovated facility features many programs and special events, both indoor and outdoor.