Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – With social distancing strongly encouraged by health officials, Ocean County Parks and Recreation will be keeping its 27 parks open to the public, but closing the visitor and nature centers and two county operated golf courses until further notice.

"As the weather warms up, quite a few people have been using the parks for passive recreation," said Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, who serves as Chairwoman of Ocean County Parks and Recreation. "While our events and programs are canceled and nature centers are closed, we encourage families to take advantage of our parks and golf courses to get fresh air and exercise as we work together to get through this."

The visitor and nature centers at Jake's Branch County Park in Beachwood, Cattus Island County Park in Toms River, Wells Mills County Park in Ocean Township, and Cloverdale Farms County Park and Cedar Bridge Tavern in Barnegat Township have been closed to the public. Children's programs, exercise, yoga and wellness programs, nature and outdoor events, weekend "drop-in" walks and feedings, van trips and hikes have been canceled through April 20.

In addition, all athletic fields are closed through April 20 as well.

Ocean County Parks and Recreation has also closed the county dog parks at the Ocean County Airpark in Berkeley Township and Ocean County Park, Lakewood.

Bathroom facilities, playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts are closed at all Ocean County Parks.

The Ocean County Golf Courses at Forge Pond and Atlantis are closed until further notice.

"Our county parks are second to none and they are a great escape. You can visit a park and still be away from large crowds," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "Luckily for us, nature allows us to have a break from everything that is happening right now."

For questions or information on program refunds, call 732-506-9090. Information can also be found on oceancountyparks.com or on the Parks Facebook page @OceanCountyParks.

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