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Therapeutic Recreation

355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater NJ • 908 526-5650

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The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Department is dedicated to providing year round recreation and leisure opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The goal of the TR Department is to promote an active leisure lifestyle that improves social, physical, cognitive and emotional functioning while enhancing each person's abilities in order for them to become integrated into their community.

Therapeutic Recreation teaches new recreation skills and skills that can be transferred into everyday life as well as the constructive use of leisure time, enhances self-esteem and confidence, improves overall health and well-being, increases physical activity, fosters peer relationships, improves social skills, and develops life-long leisure skills.

With trained staff, adaptations, a structured, goal oriented program and activities modified to meet the needs of our participants, a variety of arts and cultural, social enrichment, culinary, sports and fitness, horticulture, and community outing programs and activities are offered in the evening or occasional weekends. Come discover the benefits with us.

The program is a cooperative effort between the Park Commission and various municipalities. Participating municipalities include:

Bedminster
Bernards Township
Bernardsville
Bound Brook
Branchburg

Bridgewater
Green Brook
Hillsborough
Manville
Montgomery
North Plainfield

Raritan
Somerville
South Bound Brook
Warren
Watchung

If you would like to be included in local recreation programs offered by your municipality, call us and we will assist with the inclusion process and help with activity modification or adaptation.

To be placed on our mailing list, find out about registration, or obtain more information about these programs, please contact the Therapeutic Recreation office at 908 526-5650. We are here to help you recreate! Individuals with a hearing/speech impairment, please call the Relay Service @ 711. Click here for the Therapeutic Recreation Brochure. (PDF)

TR Registration Process for general programs
For programs when in-person registration is required, the doors to the TR Activity Center will open at the designated start time of registration and everyone will sign the TR sign in list. Doors will not open earlier regardless of weather. The TR sign in list is the only official list. Registration will begin promptly at the time specified in the brochure or flyer and you must be present when your name is called. Names will be called as they appear on the list. If a person's name is called and they are not present, their spot is forfeited.

Participants may register one other participant at the time of registration. No email registration will be accepted.

The TR Activity Center is located in North Branch Park; a public area that is open from dawn to dusk. Since individuals are free to be in the park from dawn to dusk, the TR department holds no responsibility as to when people decide to stand at the door and wait for it to open.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES
The TR department strives to provide quality therapeutic recreation services to individuals in our programs.  Please review our policies and procedures. (PDF)   If you have any questions about the policies, please feel free to contact the TR department at 908 526-5650. 

Inclusion Services
The Therapeutic Recreation Department recognizes that some people with disabilities may choose to participate in local recreation programs and/or camps with persons without disabilities. The TR staff is here to help support inclusion by assisting other Somerset County Park Commission departments and municipal recreation departments with program adaptation or modification, behavior management support, and staff training. When a referral is made, TR staff will conduct an assessment of a person's abilities then develop a written plan that includes modifications and supports necessary in order for the person to successfully be included in a program or activity. Call Dina Trunzo, CTRS at 908 526-5650 for more information. Remember, inclusion benefits everyone!

To be placed on our mailing list, find out about registration, or obtain more information about our programs, please contact the Therapeutic Recreation office at 908 526-5650. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments, please call the Relay Service @ 711. We are here to help you recreate!

TR Video

Program Brochures & Fliers (PDF)

We are excited to be back to in person programs. While masks are optional during programs, everyone is required to wear a mask on our vans. If you are feeling ill, we ask that you not attend programs. Please feel free to contact us at 908-526-5650 with any questions. Thank you.

2022 May/June Brochure Ages 17+

Letter to TR Families

Annual Information Form

Making a Digital Signature

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Birthday party packages are available on select Saturdays. Click here for brochure
For additional information, please call the Therapeutic Recreation office at 908 526-5650.

 
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