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SOMERSET COUNTY PARK COMMISSION PARKS

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Colonial Park • Franklin Township
651-acre park. Picnic areas, softball, tennis center, putting course, paddle boats, gardens, a playground and leash-free dog area.

Duke Island Park • Bridgewater
339-acre park along the North Branch of the Raritan River. Picnic areas, prime fishing, softball, bandshell, walking trails, a playground and visitor center.

East County Athletic Facility • Warren Township
East County Athletic Facility is a synthetic turf athletic field. The new facility accommodates both soccer and football.

Environmental Education Center • Bernards Township
Home to Secrets of the Great Swamp exhibit hall and a host of classes, lectures, walks and other environmental education programs. 430 acres bordering the Great Swamp and Passaic River feature 8.5 miles of walking trails.

Lord Stirling Stable • Bernards Township
Lord Stirling Stable, featuring 14 miles of well-groomed trails and large indoor and outdoor rings, offers English horseback riding, group lessons and several special events year-round.

Natirar • Peapack-Gladstone
411-acre property that features a two-mile loop trail that passes along the North Branch of the Raritan River. The Raritan River offers fishing locations.

North Branch Park • Bridgewater
185-acre park along the North Branch of the Raritan River is home to the Somerset County Park Commission administrative offices. Picnic areas, prime fishing, a playground, large fields provide space for soccer, softball, flying model aircraft and launching model rockets.

North Branch Greenway Park • Bridgewater
Nine-acre tract housing a lighted in-line skating rink, a basketball court and an open play field. Access to fishing locations on the North Branch of the Raritan River is provided.

Sourland Mountain Preserve • Hillsborough and Montgomery
The largest facility in the county park system, encompassing 3,200 acres through Hillsborough and Montgomery Townships. The Preserve provides passive recreational opportunities in an undisturbed natural setting.

Frank “Nap” Torpey Complex • Bridgewater Township
New facility that houses one lighted baseball and one lighted softball field. Future planned development includes a multi-use turf field and a concession hut and restrooms.

Washington Valley Park • Bridgewater Township
705 acre park, which lies along the First Watchung Ridge. The park contains the former Bound Brook/Elizabethtown Reservoir, which will become the focal point of the park along a network of trails. Each fall, the Hawk Watch brings in several hundred hawkwatchers from all over the northeastern U.S.

SOMERSET COUNTY PARK COMMISSION RECREATION FACILITIES

Putting Course and Paddle Boats • Franklin Township
The 18-hole "golf course in miniature" offers a challenge to players of any age. On nearby Powder Mill Pond, paddleboats are available for rent. Putting Course open April-October and Paddle Boats open summer-Labor Day.

Colonial Park & Green Knoll Tennis Centers • Bridgewater
Colonial Park Tennis Center • Franklin Township The tennis facilities offer walk-on and reserve play, multi-ability instruction and tournaments. Lessons for adults and children of all abilities offered. Open April-October.

Warrenbrook Pool • Warren Township
Warrenbrook Pool is an outdoor swimming facility. Swim instruction is offered from toddler level classes through intermediate instruction. A snack bar is available.

Therapeutic Recreation • Bridgewater
This cooperative effort with Somerset County municipalities provides year-round recreational opportunities to individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. Included are seasonal programs and Camp Okee Sunokee, a summer day camp for children with learning disabilities and Aspergers.

Picnic, Athletic Field, and Special Use Permits
Permits available for rental of county facilities for a variety of outdoor uses. Somerset County Park Commission also rents the Showmobile, a portable stage complete with a sound system.

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM Colonial Park • Franklin Township Duke Island Park • Old York Road • Bridgewater
Junior Ranger activity book available for ages 6-12 to learn about the environment and its inhabitants.

Volunteer Opportunities • All Parkland Areas
Diverse opportunities for volunteers include work on wildlife and resource conservation projects; gardens, grounds, facilities management; instruction; and special events.

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Green Knoll Golf Course • Bridgewater Township
This regulation, 18-hole, 6,443-yard course is a challenge to any golfer. Known for its tight fairways and rolling contours, the facility also operates a lighted nine-hole par three Pitch and Putt Course. A golf shop and snack bar are available.

Neshanic Valley Golf Course • Branchburg
The newest course in the county park system, Neshanic Valley features a 27-hole Championship Course, the nine-hole Academy Course, the Learning Center and the Callaway Golf Performance Center. The Clubhouse has a fully stocked Pro Shop, and the Grille Room is available for sandwiches, snacks and beverages.

Quail Brook Golf Course • Franklin Township
Selected one of the top public courses in Central Jersey, this 18-hole, 6,611-yard course is heavily wooded and is known for its rolling front nine and tight, hilly back nine. A driving range, golf shop and snack bar are also located at the facility.

Spooky Brook Golf Course • Franklin Township
This relatively flat, 6,634-yard, 18-hole course is known for its spacious greens, tees and fairways. A driving range, golf shop and snack bar are also operated at the facility.

Warrenbrook Golf Course • Warren Township
Warrenbrook is a heavily wooded and extremely tight, 6,372-yard, 18-hole course providing plenty of uphill and downhill lies. A golf shop and snack bar are available.

GARDENS

Leonard J. Buck Garden • Far Hills
Located in Far Hills, this 33-acre naturalistic garden features planted rock outcroppings, woodland trails lined with wildflowers, stream and lakeside plantings, as well as displays of azaleas, ferns, heaths and heathers.

Colonial Park Gardens • Franklin Township
A wide variety of horticultural displays are found in Colonial Park. The Arboretum contains labeled specimens of flowering trees, evergreens, shade trees and flowering shrubs that grow well in central New Jersey.

The Perennial Garden provides year-round interest for the enjoyment of gardeners and park visitors alike. A gazebo in the center of the garden is surrounded by beds displaying a selection of flowering bulbs, perennials, annuals and flowering trees and shrubs.

The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden offers a formal display of more than 3,000 roses. From late spring into autumn, this accredited All-America Rose Selections garden features labeled specimens of a wide variety of roses. Located behind the Rose Garden is a Fragrance and Sensory Garden.

Wedding photographs are allowed by permit only. Please contact Buck Garden at 908-234-2677 or the Colonial Park Horticulture Department office at 732-873-2459.

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