Apply Online for Picnic Permits to Somerset County’s Pristine Parks

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Beginning March 1, county residents can apply for picnic permits for the Somerset County Park system’s four beautiful parks, including Colonial ParkDuke Island ParkEast County Park and North Branch Park. Non-residents can apply for permits on April 1. Park sites are ideal for corporate picnics, family reunions, birthday parties, special occasions and group functions. Permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must apply online.

Families, friends, and employees will enjoy fresh air, scenic views, and the amenities that the county’s parks provide. Amenities include a newly installed playground, a softball field, picturesque trails, pavilions with wheelchair accessibility, a leash-free dog area and much more.

To apply for a permit, visit For more information, contact Permit Coordinator Karen Behr at 908-722-1200, ext. 5225.

Somerset County Park Commission

The Park Commission is committed to excellence in promoting stewardship of land and resources, providing outstanding recreation opportunities and leisure services, and fostering an environment that is service oriented and responsive to the public’s needs.


15,000 acres of county-owned open space, which is visited by two million park users each year have five golf courses, three driving ranges, a pitch and putt course and a recreational putting course. Other attractions include a riding stable, an environmental education center, two tennis facilities, an outdoor pool, paddle boating, a rock and rare plant garden, an award-winning rose garden, an arboretum, and a sensory and fragrance garden. Six county parks also offer amenities such as athletic fields, picnic facilities, bike paths, fishing, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

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