The Old Bridge Township Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to providing active recreation opportunities for residents of all ages. The department maintains several parks and facilities totaling more than 300 acres. Notable sites include Pension Road Fields, Phillips Park, Mannino Park, Laurence Harbor Waterfront Park, Veteran’s Park, Ticetown Fields, Geick Park, Central Park Playground, Raritan Bayfront and Cliffwood Beach. Lighted baseball and softball fields, lighted sand volleyball courts, bocce and shuffleboard courts can be found at Geick Park, which is also home to Camp ROBIN, which supplies therapeutic recreation programs for special needs citizens. The John Piccolo Ice Arena located at the municipal complex is also a great place for recreational opportunities from September 1st to April 1st.
In addition to these facilities, the Department of Parks and Recreation sponsors an active senior program at the George Bush Senior Citizen Center. The center provides information, referrals and senior social services; creates a caring and nurturing environment; encourages interests, creativity and artistic expression; offers a support system for seniors to lead active and independent lives; allows seniors to make connections within the community; and promotes the celebration of life through physical and mental well-being. The center operates a routed transportation service for seniors aged 60 years and over, provides programs on health and wellness, education topics, socialization, passive and active recreation, music, dance and choral. The center also can provide information and referrals on local, county, state and federal programs as well.
Avid golfers in the area don’t have to travel far to enjoy their favorite sport. Glenwood Country Club, “New Jersey’s Best Kept Secret,” is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by prolific golf course architect Hal Purdy. An extensive $2.3 million makeover to all 18 holes created a finely manicured “shot makers” course, which places more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, as well as a completely renovated practice range. The Golf Shop features an extensive collection of top-of-the-line brands and equipment rentals, while the Club House offers locker rooms and the 19th Hole Grill.
The Old Bridge YMCA, located at the entrance of Mannino Park, is a state-of-the-art facility. As a branch of the YMCA of Western Monmouth County, the Old Bridge YMCA has greatly expanded the recreational opportunities for area residents. The YMCA features a brand new wellness center, whirlpool, sauna/steam room, elliptical trainers, cardio equipment, treadmills, Stairmasters, bicycles, a free weight area, group exercise and swim classes, scuba and snorkeling classes and much, much more! For additional information, please contact (732) 727-0704 or visit www.ymcanj.org/oldbridge.