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Summer Recreation in Union County Parks

Union County’s Park System has plenty to entertain you and the family and friends this summer. There are dozens of parks throughout the County, each with something different to offer summer fun lovers!

Where can I bike in Union County?

  • Ashbrook Reservation in Scotch Plains
  • Echo Lake Park in Mountainside/Westfield
  • Lenape Park in Union/Westfield
  • Nomahegal Park in Cranford
  • Oak Ridge Park in Clark/Edison
  • Rahway River Parkway in Cranford
  • Warinanco Park in Elizabeth/Rosellebiking

Where can I canoe or kayak in Union County?

  • Milton Lake park in Clark/Rahway
  • Passaic River Parkway in Berkeley Heights/Summit
  • Rahway River Parkway in Clark
  • Watchung Reservation

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Where is there a dog park in Union County?

  • Echo Lake Park in Mountainside/Westfield

Where can I fish in Union County?

  • Blackbrook Park in Kenilworth
  • Briant Park in Summit
  • Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield
  • Echo Lake Park in Mountainside/Westfield
  • Elizabeth River Parkway in Hilside/Union
  • Green Brook Park in Plainfield
  • Lenape Park in Cranford/Kenilworth/Springfield/Union/Westfield
  • McConnell Park in Cranford
  • Milton Lake Park in Clark/Rahway
  • Nomahegan Park in Cranford
  • Passaic River Parkway in Berkeley Heights
  • Rahway River Parkway in Rahway/Clark/Linden/Cranford/Springfield
  • Watchung Reservation

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Where are there fitness trails in Union County?

  • Briant Park in Summit
  • Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield
  • Echo Lake Park in Mountainside
  • Esposito Park in Cranford
  • Nomahegan Park in Cranford
  • Oak Ridge Park in Clark/Edison
  • Phil Rizzuto Park in Union/Elizabeth
  • Ponderosa Park in Scotch Plains
  • Rahway River Parkway in Rahway/Springfeld

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Where can I play handball in Union County?

  • Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield
  • Mattano Park in Elizabeth

Where are there Nature Trails in Union County?

  • Ashbrook Reservation in Scotch Plains
  • Lenape Park in Cranford/Kenilworth/Springfield/Union/Westfield
  • Milton Lake Park in Clark/Rahway
  • Passaic River Parkway in Berkeley Heights/New Providence/Summit
  • Watchung Reservation

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Where are there pedal boats in Union County?

  • Echo Lake Park in Mountainside/Westfield
  • Rahway River Parkway in Cranford

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Where are there water sprays in Union County?

  • Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield
  • Phil Rizzuto Park in Union/Elizabeth
  • Ponderosa Park in Scotch Plains
  • Watchung Reservation

Where are there tennis courts in Union County?

  • Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield
  • Mattano Park in Elizabeth
  • Rahway River Park in Rahway
  • Unami Park in Cranford/Garwood/Westfield

 

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Analyzing School Ratings

How’s your school doing?

Among other factors, home values are directly linked to schools. Great schools bring up the prices of homes, and bad schools bring down the prices.

If you haven’t seen the news, this year’s School Ratings by Inside New Jersey has been published. Inside New Jersey is not the only school rating system but it is the first to publish their results this year.

Inside New Jersey used 4 years of data to evaluate schools. The criteria they used were the HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) results. Each school was given a letter grade – A, B, C or D. They didn’t score schools the way you would predict – in other words, a score of “A” isn’t the best. A score of A means, according to  Inside New Jersey, “above average score, below average growth,” whereas a B means “above average score, above average growth.” A C means “below average score, below average growth” and a D means “below average score, above average growth.”

Here are the scores:

School Town SAT 08 score 12 score Pct Change Grade
Union Cty. Magnet Hs Scotch Plains 1940 396.8 427.8 7.80% B
Academy For Information Technology Scotch Plains 1763 358.9 397.6 10.80% B
Westfield High School Westfuekd 1741 358.7 377.9 5.30% B
Summit Senior H.S. Summit 1713 351.5 369.9 5.20% B
New Providence H.S. New Providence 1742 368.7 368.4 -0.10% A
Governor Livingston H.S. Berkeley Heights 1667 351.3 360 2.50% A
Scotch Plains-Fanwood H.S Scotch Plains 1591 337 354.7 5.20% B
Cranford Senior H.S. Cranford 1606 343.2 353 2.90% A
Union Cty. Vo-Tech Hs Scotch Plains 1510 319.8 347.1 8.50% B
Jonathan Dayton Springfield 1535 320.6 331.1 3.20% A
Arthur L. Johnson Clark 1497 318.3 325.7 2.30% A
Roselle Park High School Roselle Park 1396 285.3 317.5 11.30% B
David Brearley Hs Kenilworth 1398 297.5 299.1 0.60% D
Rahway H.S. Rahway 1291 248.8 277.2 11.40% C
Union Sr High Union 1358 269.9 277 2.60% D
Linden H.S. Linden 1268 243.6 261.3 7.30% C
Hillside H.S. Hillside 1232 227.2 246.2 8.40% C
Abraham Clark H.S. Roselle 1188 220.7 232.5 5.30% C

When these scores are correlated to home values, the average value of a home in an A school district is $519,660. The average value of a home in a B district is $482,271. The average home in a C school district is valued at $280,825 and the average home in a D school district is valued at $361,800.

For more information on schools in Union County, click here. For more information on home values, click here.

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