Old Bridge Township’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Social Services is committed to providing active recreation opportunities to residents of all ages. The department maintains several parks and facilities totaling more than 300 acres. Notable sites include the award-winning Geick Park, Raritan Bayfront Park, Veteran’s Park and the new Mannino Park. At these parks, as well as others maintained by the Township, residents have access to baseball/softball and soccer fields, playground equipment, picnic areas and basketball, tennis and handball courts, to name a few features. Unique facilities include the modern skate park at Veteran’s Park, the bark (dog) park at Mannino Park, two senior citizen centers and the Old Bridge Arena, which houses the local ice rink.
In addition to these facilities, the Department of Parks, Recreation & Social Services sponsors an average of 50 programs each season for residents of all ages and abilities. Sports programs, arts & crafts classes, preschool programs, fitness classes and senior-oriented activities are among the many recreation options Old Bridge residents have in town. Plus, the Township offers Camp R.O.B.I.N. at Geick Park, which supplies therapeutic recreation programs for special needs citizens.
The Middlesex County Department of Parks and Recreation also operates park sites within the community. Old Bridge is home to the John A. Phillips Open Space Preserve, the County’s largest contiguous holding. The preserve totals more than 1,700 acres in size, which includes 1,051 acres of wetlands and 677 acres of uplands. Within the preserve is the 100-acre John A. Phillips Park, which is made up of three soccer fields, a baseball/softball field, a cricket pitch, two playgrounds, a nature trail and bike/walkways. The County also operates the 52-acre Old Bridge Waterfront Park in town. The park hosts a 1.3-mile bike/walkway along Raritan Bay, fishing piers, a playground, nature study and observation areas, a concession area and a performance gazebo.
Golfers don’t have to leave town to play a round as Old Bridge is home to the Glenwood Country Club. Labeled “New Jersey’s Best Kept Secret,” Glenwood underwent a major $2.5 million renovation project in 2008, which created a more diverse and modern course. The 18-hole championship course is complemented by a renovated practice facility, an on-site pro shop and a beautiful clubhouse with a grill and bar.
For some more intense recreation, reserve a spot at one of the region’s many paintball parks. Put a team together, pick up your paintball marker and hit the field as you take on opponents with paint-filled capsules. Most of the region’s paintball parks offer outdoor arenas carved out of natural or artificial terrain, complete with strategically placed bunkers.
In September of 2009, Old Bridge welcomed the newest addition to its community. The opening of the state-of-the-art Old Bridge YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Western Monmouth County, greatly expanded the recreation opportunities for residents of the area. The facility features a full-size gymnasium, an Olympic-sized pool, an aerobic/ wellness studio and a modern Health & Wellness Center complete with cardio and strength training equipment. Supplementing these amenities are more than 50 fitness classes, along with aquatic classes, preschool classes, adult and youth sports programs and many other offerings. The new Y is also home to the high school’s swim team, as well as the local Y swim team.