With our exceptional schools, growing recreational opportunities, access to top-notch health care and a positive business environment, Old Bridge Township has established itself as an ideal place for families, professionals and retirees. That is why so many families call Old Bridge home, and many others are sure to do the same with the area’s forthcoming residential and commercial development.
No matter what the season there is always something fun and exciting to do in Old Bridge Township. It is the proud home to many sporting associations. In total there are 16 divisions of baseball and softball from Little League to teams ranging in age of 70-plus. The youth basketball association and soccer leagues both offer recreational and travel programs. Old Bridge has three youth recreational football teams along with competitive and noncompetitive cheerleading. A youth ice hockey program is offered at the ice arena. For the names and contact information of these leagues, visit www.oldbridge.com.
Parks and recreation offers programs from Mommy and Me to adults. Cooking class, crafts, painting, yoga and a variety of fitness classes such as tennis with lessons and tournaments are held at the municipal tennis courts. Lacrosse is played on the newly renovated fields of Geick Park. The township offers a dance program for ages 3-12 that concludes with a dance recital in May. Online reregistration for classes are as follows: FALL/September, SPRING/February and SUMMER/May.
Camp ROBIN offers a year-round community therapeutic recreation program for disabled children and adults from age 3 and up. The Old Bridge Department of Parks and Recreation and Social Service is committed to the development of skill, increased self-confidence and esteem through mastery in sport so in time these participants are included in mainstream general recreation programs with their non-disabled peers. Therapeutic Ice Program is a wonderful example of the success of the program due to the growing number of competitors in the New Jersey Special Olympics. The adult program provides opportunities to participate in some of the township’s most popular recreation programs including fitness and yoga, cooking, crafts and computer classes. For more information about programs offered by parks and recreation, call (732) 721-5600, ext. 4999 or visit the township’s website at www.oldbridge.com.
The Old Bridge Senior Center, located in the George Bush Center for Human Services, just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The senior center offers Old Bridge residents age 60 and up countless daily activities, field trips, seminars and parties throughout the year. In addition to all the fun, the center provides a variety of social services and enrollment assistance. Residents are eligible for transportation around the township, to and from the senior center, supermarkets and to medical facilities located in Old Bridge. They are a congregate meal site for Middlesex County. For more information, call (732) 721-5600, ext. 6660.
Operation Beachhead is an organization that provides recreational activities to disabled veterans, active duty military personnel and their respective families and children with special needs. Through their efforts, Operation Beachhead has grown from hosting two events to 10 events, providing recreational opportunities to over 200 veterans and their families this year.
The Old Bridge Library hosts many events and activities. Authors, Comic Con, concerts and a variety of workshops fill its calendar of events. They offer live tutors online for all students from K-12th grade, available seven days a week. For more information, visit www.oldbridgelibrary.org.
Many of the residents of Old Bridge can be found volunteering their time with organizations within the community, such as the animal shelter, food bank, senior center, Citizens Emergency Response Team and the township’s recycling program that sponsors the mayor’s Clean Team, which offers schools and local nonprofit organizations an opportunity to receive grant money for picking up litter and keeping the community clean.
Many wonderful events go on throughout the year. The annual Memorial Day Parade and Salt Water Day on the Lawrence Harbor Beachfront featuring a variety of games, rides, local vendors, live music and fireworks. There are several different vintage and classic automobile shows held throughout Old Bridge. Every September, Old Bridge Day is held at the township complex which is a gathering of community, businesses and organizations in celebration of our town.
As the leaves begin to change color, fall is a fun time of year with many wonderful yearly activities scheduled. WORLDFEST is a celebration of the diversity of our community. Entertainment, food, clothing, crafts, carnival rides and games are presented by the Old Bridge Cultural Arts Committee in partnership with the Old Bridge Public School District. The Townships Halloween Spooktakular featuring pumpkin painting, games, craft and hayrides. Every year, the High School Choral group leads the community through the Tree and Menorah Lighting celebration.
This is just a small glimpse of life in “Our Town.” For a calendar of events for the Township of Old Bridge, visit www.oldbridge.com.