CRANFORD, NJ — The county of Union has responded to the Cranford Township Committee’s request that the deer management program in Nomahegan Park be stopped by closing the park on dates when hunting will take place. The committee’s request came after Cranford residents expressed concerns.

“The County of Union has safely conducted a deer management program of this type since 1995, in various parks throughout Union County, without closing the parks. This extra precaution of closing Nomahegan Park has been taken at the request of the Township of Cranford,” a message from the county stated.

Nomahegan Park will now be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 20, Monday, Feb. 1 and Monday, Feb. 8.

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This includes, but is not limited to:
- All parking areas
- The children’s playground
- All walking, hiking and biking trails
- Restroom facilities
- Athletic fields 
- Fishing in the lake

Union County Police will be on site to enforce this closure, the county said, and signs have been posted at all parking areas and at key locations along the walking paths. Message boards have been placed along the major roads in order to inform residents and park users of this change, as well.

Learn more about the county's deer management plan at