In the spring, when the trees and flowers are all starting to blossom, you can meet joggers or walkers who are lacing up their colorful shoes and taking in the fresh air. Enjoy the sights and sounds of birds flying back from the south and the return of squirrels scampering across the fields.
When the mercury rises and the kids are out of school, why not take them outdoors to burn off some of that energy? Mattano Park has four blacktop half-courts to practice basketball drills or join in a pick-up game with others looking to dunk, hook, or rain some threes. Plus, the two baseball diamonds also provide a good place for friends to practice their pitching, batting, or perfect their sunflower seed-spitting.
Fall is football weather, and Mattano Park’s open fields provide the perfect place to run wind-sprints or cut diagonal routes as you and your buddies throw perfect spirals. Kids of all ages can climb, slide, and swing on the playground if they’re not too busy chasing each other through the trees and kicking up autumn leaves.
If the cold has already crept into town when you arrive in Elizabeth and everything is covered in sheets of sparkling white, head to Mattano Park for an escape from the hectic roadways. Here, you’ll find a few acres of snow to enjoy crunching underfoot or to ball up and throw at your friends and family. Take stark black and white photos amid the barren trees or peek at the river, being careful not to get wet! Bring a thermos full of hot cocoa to sip while walking a full loop of the entire park, realizing that in a few months, it will be filled with joggers, skaters, birds, and laughter!