The Board of Recreation Commissioners is committed to improving the quality of life of the citizens of Monmouth County by providing open space, park and recreation areas, facilities, programs, and services of the highest quality and to furnishing these recreational and educational opportunities in the most effective, efficient, and economical manner possible. The Board shall pursue this mission in the following ways:
- by studying, planning, acquiring, improving, and managing lands of county significance for parks, recreation, conservation, agricultural, and open-space preservation;
- by protecting and interpreting natural, historic, and cultural resources of county significance;
- by providing recreational facilities, programs, and services to meet the county-wide needs of the citizens of Monmouth County for the recreation and well-being of body, mind, and spirit; and
- by implementing this mission in accordance with the Board’s adopted County Park and Recreation Policy and other adopted policies of the Board.
In accordance with New Jersey Public Law 2011, chapter 167, the Board of Recreation Commissioners and the Monmouth County Park System is committed to providing transparent access to information that residents may find helpful. Information on this page provides detail on the operations of the Park System and the business of the Board.
Total Acres in Monmouth County: 301,804
Total Acres in County Park System: 17,155
Largest Park (in Acres): Crosswicks Creek Park with 2,314 acres
Total Miles of Park System Trails: 139
Acres Acquired in 2017: 179
Total Population of Monmouth County: 625,846
Total County Park Visits in 2017: 6,825,964
Park With Highest Visitation in 2017: Manasquan Reservoir with 1,215,320 visits
Total Number of Recreation Programs Offered in 2017: 5,987
Total Number of Program Participants in 2017: 92,280
Full-time Staff: 338
Part-time Staff (seasonal): 331
Total Volunteers: 1,225
Volunteer Hours in 2017: 25,810 hours
National Accreditation Program
The Monmouth County Park System is proud to have achieved national accreditation status among park and recreation agencies in 1994, 2004 and 2014. Conferred by the National Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies and sanctioned by the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Association, the Monmouth County Park System was the first park & recreation agency in the nation accredited and is one of only 71 such accredited agencies in the nation to have achieved such an honor.
Rules & Regulations General Summary
The Monmouth County Park System asks Park visitors to observe the following regulations:
- In accordance with New Jersey’s recently amended Smoke Free Air Act, all Monmouth County parks are now tobacco free. The new ban applies to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and vaporize cigarettes, as well as smokeless tobacco such as snuff and chew.
- Leave all flowers, plants, animals and other natural features as they are found.
- Containers for recyclable items and trash are placed near the entrances of the parks. When on trails, carry out all trash and put glass, aluminum, and bi-metal cans in the correct containers.
- Possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages is not permitted in any Monmouth County
Park System Park.
- Pets must be on leashes and under control. Each pet owner is responsible for his/her pet. Pets are not permitted in garden areas, at historic sites, on beaches, in park buildings, or as posted. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities ARE permitted in all areas. Dogs are not permitted to swim at ANY Monmouth County Park System facility.
- Groups of 50 or more need to obtain a group use permit seven days prior to the date of use. Group use is limited to designated areas. Adult supervision of children's groups is required.
- Meetings, concerts, or public entertainment may not be held without written permission seven days prior to use.
- Loudspeaker, public address systems, or amplifiers may not be used without written permission seven days prior to use. Any audio device, video device, or musical instrument should not be played in such a manner as to create a nuisance or any two-way radio, communication device or cellular phone should not create a nuisance.
See Additional Rules & Guidelines
Lost and Found
Found items remain in the park for several days. If unclaimed, they are forwarded to the Headquarters Building in Thompson Park, Lincroft. For more info, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4382.
Persons ages 65 and older are eligible for golf and other senior discounts.
Telephone Menu 732-842-4000
- For program and activity reservations, PRESS 1. Have your program number and credit card ready.
- If using a touch-tone phone and you know the extension, enter the 4 digit number.
- Golf Course information and directions to the parks, PRESS 2- Park news and seasonal activities in the parks, PRESS 3- Weather cancellation of programs & activities, call 90 minutes prior to the start of your program and PRESS 6- Operator assistance, PRESS 0
Americans with Disabilities Act
The County of Monmouth does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.
Joseph Sardonia, Monmouth County Park System, 805 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ. Telephone 732-842-4000, ext. 4264, has been designated by the Board of Recreation Commissioners to be the Park System's Compliance Officer, to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice Regulations.
Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided there under are available from the above named coordinator.