Therapeutic Recreation - Special Needs Programs


Our Mission

The mission of the Therapeutic Recreation Division is to provide access to recreational opportunities for Monmouth County residents with disabilities in order to enhance physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning, as well as a sense of belonging to the community. 

About Therapeutic Recreation

We provide specialized year- round recreation programs for individuals with special needs and are also available to recommend other appropriate Park System programs, community links, and support.  We are located out of the Dorbrook Recreation Area in Colts Neck.

Inclusion Policy

It is the philosophy of the Monmouth County Park System to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities (who meet minimum eligibility requirements - with or without an accommodation- documented for the specific program) to participate in Park System programs with their non-disabled peers. It is our intent to provide a safe, successful and enjoyable experience for all. Learn more about available services, supports and accommodations.

Summer Camps 

Our four camps at the Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck, serve individuals of various ages and abilities with special needs.

Recreation Challenge (ages 6-20) and Adult Adventures (ages 21 and up) are eight-week programs that run the end of June until mid-August.  Each week features a variety of activities ranging from swimming to arts and crafts to sports and games. A 2:1 camper to counselor ratio is provided.

Summer Capers is a one week summer camp in late August designed for campers (ages 6-11) with high functioning autism, Aspergers Syndrome, and PDD. Each day is filled with exciting activities such as outdoor games, water activities, swimming, day trips and more. A 1:1 camper to counselor ratio is provided.

Capers Quest is a one week summer camp at the end of August designed for campers (ages 12-16) with Aspergers Syndrome.  Every day is filled with exciting activities and adventures! A 3:1 camper to counselor ratio is provided.

Other Programs  


Adult Day Program   
Our MCRAC Adult Day Program is for adults (ages 22 and up) with cognitive and neurological impairments. Social and recreational skills are worked on, as well as physical fitness, cooking and fine arts.  Program runs from fall–spring each year at the Dorbrook Recreation Area.

Night Out   
(adults, ages 16 and up, with special needs)
Night Out is an evening social program that meets about once a month throughout the year.  A variety of activities are available including sporting events, trips in the community, dinner and a movie, and more!

Introduction to Golf    
(ages 13 and up, with special needs)
Discover the basics of swinging, putting, and etiquette while playing a few holes of golf!  Introduction to Golf is a weekly program in the summer, on Monday nights at the Bel-Aire Golf Course. Golf clubs and balls are provided if needed.

(ages 12 and up, with special needs)
Tennis helps to develop hand-eye coordination, balance, and is a great way to help you get in shape during the summer. While racquets are provided for use in the class, please feel free to bring your own! Program meets Saturday mornings July–October.


Drama Troupe   
(ages 13 and up, with special needs)
Are you a budding actor or actress? Do you like to play pretend? Come join us! We will be singing, acting out skits, and putting on our own performance for family and friends to see.  Performance takes place during the final session.  Program is available during the fall and the winter each year.

Art Club   
(ages 18 and up, with special needs)
Participants can express themselves through art! This club offers time for socialization, creative stimulation, and self-confidence building through the use of color and form with support and positive feedback. Explore the opportunity to utilize skills and techniques introduced in previous sessions. From printmaking to sculpture, mixed media and found art, the club members will explore many avenues of creative expression. Program meets every other Saturday from fall to spring.

Contact Us  

Justin Dunn, Recreation Leader
732-460-1167, extension 22

Anne Simon, Recreation Supervisor
732-460-1167, extension 24 

Learn about the Park System's ADA Compliance & Inclusion Services.

Monmouth County Special Needs Registry         

The Monmouth County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary service open to all citizens with disabilities who reside, attend school or are employed in Monmouth County. The registry was created to help police officers and other emergency service personnel to better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency by providing those first responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s disability, emergency contact information, a physical description and current photograph of the registrant. 

Go to the Monmouth County Special Needs Registry homepage.