WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County residents with special needs will have the opportunity to explore their artistic sides during an event at Mindowaskin Park on Sunday.

The “Paint by the Pond” initiative — previously held in Union County's parks — encourages participants to express themselves in an artistic way by painting cardboard model houses that will be floated on the pond, the county announced.

Artists will then have the opportunity to take the creations home with them, the announcement said.

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“I am thrilled to see the Paint by the Pond event come to my hometown,” said Freeholder Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded in a news release. “This collaboration with the Town of Westfield helps our special needs residents to explore their artistic side.”

The county’s office for persons with disabilities will have two sessions available for participants to choose from: a morning session from 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. and an afternoon session that runs from 1 p.m. — 3 p.m. The event is free to attend and open to residents with special needs of all ages, but preregistration is required.

To pre-register residents should visit the following link on the county's website.

“We are thrilled to host Paint by the Pond in Westfield for the special needs community,” said Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle in the release. “This is a terrific initiative that supports one of my administration’s key priorities to ensure that Westfield is accessible and inclusive for all. I am grateful to the County for providing programs like this for the benefit of our residents and taxpayers.”

For more information on the Paint by the Pond program, the public may contact Manny Ramirez at the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs by phone at 908-527-4781 or email at mramirez@ucnj.org.

Mindowaskin Park is located at 385 East Broad St., Westfield.