The Old Bridge Township Department of Parks and Recreation is dedicated to keeping open space recreation opportunities for our township residents. The township has obtained more than 1,500 acres of recreation space over the past 30 years. With the assistance of more than $12 million dollars of New Jersey Green and Blue Acres acquisition and development grants we have been able to develop over 300 acres of that into playgrounds, sports fields and recreation space. Old Bridge currently has one of the largest inventories of municipal open space in the state of New Jersey.
In those more than 300 acres of open space, there are many prominent features to making our parks so great. For all-around family fun, visit Mannino Park, home to the Old Bridge YMCA, a two-stage dog park set up for both large dogs and a separate area for smaller dogs, a large playground and a baseball and softball field.
If running or biking is more up to your speed, visit the Laurence Harbor Beach front where the 3-mile running/biking path sits parallel to the Raritan Bay. Sports-driven residents will enjoy Veteran’s Park with two softball fields, one little league sized baseball field, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, all equipped with lighting, and a soccer field.
Geick Park boasts a picnic pavilion where residents can enjoy their lunch while their children are playing or rent it for family parties. Geick also has many recreational opportunities, such as a turf baseball field, two turf soccer fields, one softball field, one sand volleyball court and two sports court basketball courts, all equipped with lighting. In addition it has a large ADA playground and a smaller playground at the lower entrance.
The John Piccolo Ice Arena, located in the municipal complex, hosts public ice skating sessions from October through April and is home to the Jr. Knights Youth Hockey League and many levels of ice skating classes. The ice arena is an amazing place for winter fun. The municipal complex is also home to eight lighted regulation tennis courts.
Pension Road is home to the Old Bridge Cricket Association. Pocket parks located throughout neighborhoods in many locations throughout the township are equipped with a playground or basketball courts.
The parks department also offers many types of classes from Mommy and me to art, dance, tennis and more throughout the year. It also provide three summer camps, at 15 sites for children aged 5-21. The Camp ROBIN program is held at Geick Park and is specifically geared toward individuals with special needs. This camp assists approximately 100 participants from ages 7-21 during July and August. There are daily trips, activities and a summer full of fun.
The half-day playground camp is run out of 10 camp sites throughout the town to accommodate residents and up to 1,000 campers at all ends of this very large town. This camp runs for the month of July on a half-day schedule and features crafts, games, outdoor activities and optional trips.
The full-day summer recess camp, run by the parks and recreation department’s Before/Aftercare program, lasts the full eight weeks of the summer for 10-and-a-half hours a day. Located at three central sites in town, the full-day camp accommodates 500 campers on any given day. With daily trips, in-house events and extended hours, it is the perfect spot for children to enjoy summer with their friends.
In addition to these activities, The Old Bridge Before/Aftercare program is a nonprofit program sponsored by Old Bridge Township that has been providing affordable childcare for over 20 years to township residents. The program is supported by parent tuition fees only. These programs are based out of the 12 elementary school and two middle schools in the township. These services are used by over 500 families on a monthly basis. Activities include homework time (45 minutes to do homework in a quiet environment), organized games, special arts and crafts projects and movies.
For active adult community, the George Bush Senior Center is the place to be. The center provides information, referrals and senior social services; creating a caring and nurturing environment, encouraging interests, creativity and artistic expression. The center offers a support system for seniors to lead active and independent lives, allowing them to make connections within the community and promotes the celebration of life through physical and mental well-being.
The senior center operates a routed transportation service for seniors ages 60 years and older, providing programs on health and wellness, educational topics, socialization, passive and active recreation, music, dance and choral programs. There is always something to do for every member of the senior center. For more information, call (732) 721-5600, ext 4999 or visit www.oldbridge.com.