William G. Mennen Sports Arena

The William G. Mennen Sports Arena is a full service ice center with skating year around. It offers public sessions, group lessons, hockey clinics, figure skating clubs and birthday party packages.

Weddings

Morris County Parks has a variety of beautiful locations for your wedding ceremonies, photos and reception. With both indoor and outdoor options, you’re sure to find the perfect venue for your special day.

Emerald Ash Borer - Tree Removal

Ash tree removal due to Emerald Ash Borer is scheduled in several facilities and may result in park and trail closures. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, April 4

Emerald Ash Borer

What everyone needs to know and how it directly effects YOU! Click the title to learn more and for The MCPC Response plan.

White-tailed deer management

The Morris County Park Commission is currently responsible for the stewardship of 20,197 acres of land with 344.3 miles of trails. It recognizes that a controlled hunting program is the most efficent and affective way available to minimize the severe threats posed to the biodiversity of native flora and fauna by overabundant ehite-tailed deer populations. The MCPC's controlled hunts are specifically used as a population management tool and do not represent recreational hunting opportunities.

Closures


Emeral Ash Borer Response Program Closures:

Patriots’ Path Blue Spur between Sussex Avenue and Washington Valley Road in Morris Township will be closed until further notice due to ash tree removal work as part of the MCPC’s Emerald Ash Borer Response Program.
 

Deer Management Program Facility Closures:

 
Lewis Morris County Park and Patriots’ Path from Sussex Avenue to Woodland Avenue will be closed on the following dates for permitted firearm hunting:
 
Monday, November 19, 2018Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Wednesday, December 5, 2018Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Wednesday, December 12, 2018Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Wednesday, January 9, 2019Wednesday, February 7, 2019

 

Black River Facilities (Cooper Gristmill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook & Willowwood Arboretum) will be closed on the following dates for permitted firearm hunting:
 
Monday, December 3, 2018Thursday, January 17, 2019
Thursday, December 6, 2018Thursday, January 24, 2019
Thursday, December 13, 2018Thursday, January 31, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019Thursday, February 7, 2019

 


General Park Closures:

Patriot's Path
  • BOW AND FIREARM hunting is permitted in some areas along trails. "Hunter Orange" clothing is suggested during the hunting season. For information about hunting seasons, contact State Fish & Game at 908.735.8240.
  • The Bridge on Patriot's Path at Pine Tree Plaza in Hanover is currently out of service due to a vehicle accident.

 

Columbia Trail
  • Bartley Road to DEP Fishing Access is closed until 12/13/18.
 
Schooley's Mountain County Park
  • The bridge and approaching trail along the Green Trail south of the Chapel is closed.
 
Play Area Closures:
Loantaka Brook Reservation
  • *The Saturn Play Area located at Loantaka Brook Reservation is closed. 
  • Please visit our newest play area at Central Park of Morris County.
  • A new Loantaka Brook Reservation play area coming in 2019.

Lewis Morris County Park
  • The Saturn Play Area located by the Doe Meadow picnic area is closed.
 
 
 
 
 

Special Events

Friday, December 21 : 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Ages 6 & Up.Join a special woodland gathering around a campfire to experience the historical and ceremonial aspects of the...

Sunday, January 6 —Sunday, March 10 : 1 p.m. if renting shoes, 1:30 p.m. if using your own.

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain NHA

Ages 10 & Up.Get outside and active this winter, and experience the unique and exhilarating sport of snowshoeing! Enjoy a...

Tuesday, December 18 —Thursday, February 28 : Sunrise to Dusk.

Winter Recreation

Discover the best spots to sled, ice skate, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and more, all right here in Morris County! Make...

Tuesday, December 18 —Tuesday, December 18 : 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Baby and Me Hikes

Calling all new parents - it’s time to get outside! Put your baby in a backpack, and explore...

Friday, December 21 —Friday, April 26 : 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl

Your weekend plans are here! Meet your friends on the ice at Mennen Sports Arena every Friday night from 8 p...

Thursday, December 20 : 6:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Winter Solstice Sunrise Hike: Moderate

****** SOLD OUT ******

**CALL FOR WAITLIST** Ages 16 & Up.Rise and shine! Welcome the morning sun on one of the shortest days of...

Saturday, January 5 —Saturday, January 26 : 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Botanical Drawing for Beginners with Katy Lyness

Join artist, passionate home gardener, and Botanical Illustration teacher at the New York Botanical Garden Katy Lyness, and expand your...

Saturday, January 19 —Sunday, February 24 : 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

All Ages.The trees are tapped, and the firewood is chopped - it’s maple sugaring season at the...

Wednesday, December 26 —Friday, December 28 : 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

Wild About Winter Mini-Camp

****** SOLD OUT ******

**CALL FOR WAITLIST** Ages 5 - 8.Time off from school is a great time to get out in nature and explore!...

Wednesday, December 26 —Monday, December 31 : 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A Special Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Head over to the Arboretum for this special scavenger hunt, ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland.’ Bring your camera...

Saturday, January 5 : 12 noon - 2 p.m.

Moderate Hike: New Year, New You

Ages 10 & Up.Trek to Tripod Rock on the first Saturday of 2019, and see all that nature has to offer...

Saturday, January 5 : 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Eagle Watching Trip

Ages 18 & Up.Join this group van outing into NY and PA to view majestic, wintering Bald Eagles. Dress warmly,...

Wednesday, January 9 : 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Family Snowshoe Fun-Day: Moderate

Ages 5 & Up.Looking for something fun to try with the family? Get everyone outdoors and active this winter, and...

Saturday, February 2 : 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Blackburn Scholarship Lecture - Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests

Join Joan Maloof, Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network, as she shares her journey...

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Special Events

Friday, December 21 : 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Ages 6 & Up.Join a special woodland gathering around a campfire to experience the historical and ceremonial aspects of the...

Sunday, January 6 —Sunday, March 10 : 1 p.m. if renting shoes, 1:30 p.m. if using your own.

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain NHA

Ages 10 & Up.Get outside and active this winter, and experience the unique and exhilarating sport of snowshoeing! Enjoy a...

Tuesday, December 18 —Thursday, February 28 : Sunrise to Dusk.

Winter Recreation

Discover the best spots to sled, ice skate, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and more, all right here in Morris County! Make...

Tuesday, December 18 —Tuesday, December 18 : 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Baby and Me Hikes

Calling all new parents - it’s time to get outside! Put your baby in a backpack, and explore...

Friday, December 21 —Friday, April 26 : 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl

Your weekend plans are here! Meet your friends on the ice at Mennen Sports Arena every Friday night from 8 p...

Thursday, December 20 : 6:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Winter Solstice Sunrise Hike: Moderate

****** SOLD OUT ******

**CALL FOR WAITLIST** Ages 16 & Up.Rise and shine! Welcome the morning sun on one of the shortest days of...

Saturday, January 5 —Saturday, January 26 : 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Botanical Drawing for Beginners with Katy Lyness

Join artist, passionate home gardener, and Botanical Illustration teacher at the New York Botanical Garden Katy Lyness, and expand your...

Saturday, January 19 —Sunday, February 24 : 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

All Ages.The trees are tapped, and the firewood is chopped - it’s maple sugaring season at the...

Wednesday, December 26 —Friday, December 28 : 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

Wild About Winter Mini-Camp

****** SOLD OUT ******

**CALL FOR WAITLIST** Ages 5 - 8.Time off from school is a great time to get out in nature and explore!...

Wednesday, December 26 —Monday, December 31 : 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A Special Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Head over to the Arboretum for this special scavenger hunt, ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland.’ Bring your camera...

Saturday, January 5 : 12 noon - 2 p.m.

Moderate Hike: New Year, New You

Ages 10 & Up.Trek to Tripod Rock on the first Saturday of 2019, and see all that nature has to offer...

Saturday, January 5 : 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Eagle Watching Trip

Ages 18 & Up.Join this group van outing into NY and PA to view majestic, wintering Bald Eagles. Dress warmly,...

Wednesday, January 9 : 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Family Snowshoe Fun-Day: Moderate

Ages 5 & Up.Looking for something fun to try with the family? Get everyone outdoors and active this winter, and...

Saturday, February 2 : 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Blackburn Scholarship Lecture - Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests

Join Joan Maloof, Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network, as she shares her journey...

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