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Where can I obtain information about Somerset County’s parks - locations, trails, park maps, etc.?

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Contact the Somerset County Park Commission at 908-722-1200 or click here for a complete listing of all parks, park information, and maps.


2.
What hours are the parks open?

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General-use parks are open from 7 am until one half hour after sunset. Some facilities such as Warrenbrook Pool, Lord Stirling Stable, Environmental Education Center and Leonard J. Buck Garden are open during varying hours and days. Please check with each facility before you visit for current hours.

 

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Where can I find information about special events occurring in Somerset County’s parks?

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You can call the Park Commission’s activity hotline 908-722-1200 ext. 351 or click here for an updated schedule.

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4.
What types of volunteer opportunities does the Park Commission offer and how can I participate as a volunteer?
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The Somerset County Park Commission offers numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the park system click here for more information, or call 908-766-2489

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5.
When and where does the Somerset County Park Commission have their monthly public meetings?

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Public meetings are usually held the third Thursday of every month at 5:30pm and 8:00am during the summer, at the Park Commission’s main office, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater. Call the Park Office at 908 722-1200 to confirm meeting dates and times or click here for schedule.

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6.
Where can I exercise my dog off leash?

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The Leash-Free Dog Area at Colonial Park offers an enclosed 3-acre area where dogs can run free. Please click here for more information and directions.

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7.
Do I need to reserve a picnic area or an athletic field?

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There are picnic tables that can be used on a “first come, first serve” basis. But, you can reserve a picnic area if you have a group of 20 or more people. Picnic areas and athletic fields can be reserved for a fee by calling 908-722-1200 Ext 225. For information on picnic area, click here or special use permits, click here.

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Does the Somerset County Park Commission offer horseback riding?

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Yes. Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge offers horseback riding, pony rides, and riding lessons. Please click here to learn more about Lord Stirling Stable or call 908-766-5955.

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9.
Where can I go to learn more about Somerset County’s natural environment?

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The Environmental Education Center offers a variety of environmental education programs, for all age groups, throughout the year. Please click here, or call 908-766-2489 to learn more about the Environmental Education Center, and the many programs that are offered.

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10.
Who is eligible for programs offered by the Therapeutic Recreation Department?

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Individuals who have a developmental disability may register for programs. Certain programs may be age and disability specific. Participants are also welcome to partake in the many other programs that are offered by the Park Commission. If you would like more information about the Therapeutic Recreation programs, please click here or call 908-526-5650.

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11.
I do not have a developmental disability, but need adaptations in order to participate. For what programs may I register?

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The Somerset County Park Commission welcomes people with all abilities to participate in our programs. Certain programs or activities may have essential eligibility requirements. If you need a reasonable accommodation or modification in order to enjoy a program, please call the Therapeutic Recreation Department at 908-526-5650. Two weeks notice is required to ensure that appropriate accommodations can be provided.

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12.
Does the Somerset County Park Commission have any gardens?

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Yes. You can visit the Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills, or Colonial Park’s Rudolf Van DerGoot Rose Garden, Arboretum, Fragrance and Sensory Garden, or Perennial Garden. All of these gardens offer a variety of programs and events, or you can just walk through them and enjoy their beauty.

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13.
How do I book a tee time at a Somerset County Park Commission golf course?

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You must call the automated tee time system at 908-231-1122. In-county members may call 7 days in advance of the day they want to play, out-of-county members, 5 days, and non-members, 24 hours. You may also click here for our online tee time booking. To find out more about the tee time system and the Park Commission’s golf courses click here.

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14.
Are golf lessons available at the Somerset County Park Commission’s golf courses?

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Yes. Lessons by fully-certified teaching golf professionals are available at the Neshanic Valley Learning Center, Spooky Brook Golf Course, and Quail Brook Golf Course.

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15.
Do you offer tennis lessons?

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Yes. The Somerset County Park Commision offers tennis lessons at the Green Knoll Tennis Center at 587 Garretson Road in Bridgewater, and at the Colonial Park Tennis Center in Franklin Township. For more information, please click here or call 908-722-1200 x226.

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Can I reserve tennis court time?

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Yes. Courts can be reserve in one hour blocks at the Green Knoll Tennis Center. The courts at Colonial Park Tennis Center are free of charge and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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17.

Do I have to live in Somerset County in order to swim at Warrenbrook Pool?

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No. Anyone can visit the pool by purchasing a daily visitor’s pass during the regular hours of operation. Season passes are available to residents of Somerset County at a pre-season rate. After the facility opens on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, season passes are also available to out of county residents at the regular season rate. For more information about the pool, please click here or call 908-722-1200 x226.

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PARK bROCHURES

Colonial Park
Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ
732 873-2695

Duke Island Park
Old York Road, Bridgewater, NJ
908 722-7779

Environmental Education Center
190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 766-2489

Lord Stirling Stable
256 S. Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 766-5955

Natirar
Main Street, Peapack, NJ 07977
908 722-120
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North Branch Park
355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908 722-1200

Sourland Mountain Preserve
East Mountain Road, Hillbrough, NJ
908 231-0802

Washington Valley Park
Bridgewater Township
908 231-0802

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