This Weekend in the Parks

What is our recipe for fun? Beautiful parks, great activities and you! Interested? Here’s what's planned for this weekend:   

It's all fun and games as we celebrate Dorbrook Recreation Area's 30th birthday 
on Saturday, August 8 from 1-5 p.m.    

Open Gym     
Saturday, August 8 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls    
Stop by and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.

Happy Birthday Dorbrook Recreation Area!   
Saturday, August 8 from 1-5 p.m.    
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck      
Free family fun activities include a scavenger hunt, sports related games, crafts, Junior Ranger program, toddler programs and much more. In case of inclement weather, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 6.

Nature Lecture Series: Sharks & Shark Bites   
Saturday, August 8 from 7-8 p.m.     
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth      
This talk will discuss the history and ecology of local sharks and why they are important to protect. FREE!

Fort Monmouth Recreation Center's Pool Schedule  
Saturday, August 8 -  Early Bird Workout from 9-10 a.m. & Open Swim from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  
Sunday, August 9 -  Open Swim from 1-4 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls 
Our fees are $5 per person per session, $15 per family of four per session. Monthly swim passes available for purchase at the Rec Center and are $30 per person or $60 per family of four.

Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals    
Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.   
Thompson Park, Lincroft    
Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.

Citizen Scientist Presentation   
Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9 at 11 a.m.  
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell    
Discover current citizen scientist projects during this presentation. FREE!

Potato Harvest      
Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9 from 12-2 p.m.   
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel    
Help the staff bring in the crop and dig some potatoes to take home for your own family. FREE!

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir   
Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9 at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.   
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell     
These 45-minute tours are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.

Men's Open Gym Basketball       
Sunday, August 9 from 8-10 a.m.        
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls      
Shoot some hoops in the Rec Center's full court gym. The cost is $5 per person per session; cash or check only.

Family Gym Time    
Sunday, August 9 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.    
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Play hoops or enjoy our other sports equipment in the Rec Center's climate controlled gymnasium. We will bring out tunnels, gym mats, scooters and more play equipment for your entertainment. This is an open play format with no instruction provided; adult supervision is required for those under 17 years old. The cost is $10 per family per day; cash or check only.

Summer Sundays Open Basketball
Sunday, August 9 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls   
Looking for a place to play or practice? Drop by the Rec Center's climate controlled gym and play half court hoops. Use our basketball or bring your own. Open to ages 14 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person per day; cash or check only.

Blacksmith Demonstration   
Sunday, August 9 from 1-3 p.m.   
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel    
Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop. FREE!

Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House   
Sunday, August 9 from 1-4 p.m.  
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth   
Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!

You can also:

Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat.  

Go on an expedition with our Safari Backpacks.  

Visit a playground.  

Enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch.  

Head to the Sprayground.   

Our Camp/Swim, Summer and Fall issues of the Program Directory are currently available online and in most county parks. Registration for Camp/Swim and Summer issues is underway and accepted online, by phone at 732-842-4000, ext. 1, or in person at Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, Lincroft. Registration for the Fall issue starts August 5.

For more information on any of these activities or parks, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312, between
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.