HILLSIDE, NJ - Members of the Union County Freeholder Board joined with Hillside municipal and Board of Education officials cut the ribbon on a new 1.1 mile walking path at Conant Park on Thursday.  

“Union County residents have long recognized the value of open space, and the new walking path provides another opportunity for residents to relax and get some healthy exercise outdoors in a peaceful, natural setting,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has underscored why it is so important to preserve open space for public recreation,” said Freeholder Angela R. Garretson, who is a resident of Hillside. “At a time when other activities have been curtailed, our parks provide an oasis in which everyone is welcome. These improvements will enable residents and visitors to enjoy Conant Park for many years to come.”

The new walking path is part of an overall refurbishment plan for Conant Park totaling approximately $500,000 and spanning several years. New bathrooms and a new playground were installed in 2019. Other recent improvements include new foul poles, team benches, bleachers, and fencing at athletic fields. An outdoor gym facility is also under construction. All the work has been done all in house.