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: 

Cornbread Contest
Cornbread Contest at Historic Walnford 

Women's Open Gym - Fitness   
Saturday, September 20 from 7:30-9 a.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Challenge yourself on this self-guided, self-paced fitness circuit which includes stability balls, hand weights, resistance bands, and more. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

Open Shoot Archery  
Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  
Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft
If you are looking to try your hand at archery, join us for this open shoot. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. There is limited instruction during this program open to ages 8 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $8 per person; cash or check only.

Mill Demonstration  
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21 from 1-4 p.m.  
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century mill in action. FREE!

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir  
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21 at 2, 3, 4 & 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 adults: $5.61; children 12 & under: $3.50 (tax not included). Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent.

Men's Open Gym Basketball  
Sunday, September 21 from 9-11 a.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Shoot some hoops on our full court gym. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

Eco-Kayak Drop-In Tour   
Sunday, September 21 from 2-3:30 p.m.   
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
Novice paddlers are welcomed. We provide all the equipment; single and tandem kayaks are available on a first come, first served basis. Program is limited to 12 participants. Please wear clothing that can get wet. Cost is $20 per person; cash or check only.

Book Swap   
Sunday, September 21 from 1-3 p.m.  
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Bring an unwanted book(s) and swap it for something new. Accepted books are adult fiction, young adult fiction, and children's books. Don’t have a book to swap? We have extras. FREE!

Cornbread Contest  
Sunday, September 21 from 1-3 p.m.  
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Do you make amazing cornbread? Step up to the challenge and enter in our annual Cornbread Contest. Entries should be in a 9"x13" pan and must include a printed recipe. Prizes will be rewarded at 3 p.m. Each entry receives a Walnford Cornbread Cookbook. FREE!

Corny Joke Contest   
Sunday, September 21 from 2-3 p.m.  
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Give us your best corny joke! We'll read all the family-friendly jokes aloud and judge the winner by laughter. FREE!

Historic Seabrook-Wilson House Open for Tours  
Sunday, September 21 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!

Our fall issue of the Program Directory is currently available online and in most county parks. Registration is underway and available online, by phone at 732-842-4000, ext. 1, or in person at Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, Lincroft.

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