Download a Facility Request Application HERE

Parks & Outdoor Facilities

The Township of Ocean is home to a number of great parks and outdoor facilities available for use.

Outdoor Facilities:
  • Joe Palaia Park – Dow Avenue and Whalepond Road., Oakhurst   Trail Map  Disc Golf Course Map (scroll down to read rules and course etiquette)
  • Oakhurst First Aid & Fire Company Memorial Fields – off Larkin Place Oakhurst
  • Wanamassa Firemen’s Memorial Park –
    Rte. 35 to Sunset Ave heading west- Pass Seacoast Chevrolet on left and Pepsi on right - At top of hill take a left onto Brielle Ave. - Take right onto Hopewell Ave.
  • Dave Dahrouge – Park Blvd. & Logan Road, Wanamassa
  • Wayside Park – Green Grove Road, Wayside

Park Regulations:

Please be considerate of the following park regulations for the enjoyment of all who visit the
facilities and do not hesitate to report any concerns regarding parks and playgrounds to the
Department of Human Services at 732-531-2600.
  • Park Hours: 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Please clean up after your pet.
  • Parking is permitted in designated areas only.
  • Golfing is not permitted on softball fields or soccer fields.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted within parks.
  • Please dispose of trash and recyclables using appropriate containers.
  • A complete listing of Park Regulations can be found in Chapter XVI
    of the General Ordinances of the Township of Ocean.

Download a Facility Request Application HERE
Download a Picnic Area Request Application HERE

 Download a Field Request Application HERE

Tennis and Pickleball Court Reservation & Use Procedures:

  • Each park, Dave Dahrouge Park, Wayside Park has four tennis courts, two courts at each park are lined for  Pickleball play. Oakhurst Fireman’s Field has four tennis courts, all four are lined for Pickleball play. The Community Pool and Tennis Facility Courts consists of six tennis courts. Three courts at that site are lined for Pickleball play. The courts lined for pickleball will also have tennis lines; these are “blended courts.” Either sport can be played on these blended courts.
  • Courts at Dave Dahrouge Park, Wayside Park and Oakhurst Fireman’s Field Park are open 8:00 am to dusk. Courts at the Community Pool and Tennis Facility are open 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.
  • Residents may reserve court time from April 15 to October 15. Be sure to let us know if you are reserving for tennis or pickleball play. 
  • Wayside Park: Courts 1 & 2 are blended courts; lined for pickleball or tennis.
  •  Dave Dahrouge Park: Courts 3 & 4 are blended courts; lined for pickleball or tennis.
  • Community Pool Courts: Courts 1, 2 & 3 are blended courts; lined for pickleball or tennis.
  • Oakhurst Park: Courts 1, 2, 3 & 4 are blended courts; lined for pickleball or tennis.
  •  Please note: Oakhurst courts are used for summer programs and have limited availability for walk on play. 
  • Players are limited to one hour of reserved court time per day. Reserve no more than one week   in advance by contacting the Recreation Office, Monday through Friday, before 3:45 pm. (Court time scheduled on the hour). Reservations ARE NOT accepted for the same day as the call. Player’s name will be requested at time of reservation. Saturday and Sunday reservations can be made on the Friday two weeks in advance.
  • Daily reservations will be posted at each park prior to 8:00 am.
  • Walk-ons can play on a first come basis if court is not previously reserved. Walk-on use is limited to one hour (on the hour) if others are waiting to play. Walk-ons must vacate the courts any time they are reserved.

Disc Golf

Please note: Joe Palaia Park is a public, multi-use recreation area. Players must yield to walkers, cyclists, runners and other park patrons.

Official Rules

Course Map

Instructional videos


  • Groups should be no larger than five players.
  • If you notice that a group behind you is waiting for your group, offer to let them play through. Everyone should be able to play at the pace they desire, if possible.
  • If you notice a player on a nearby hole getting ready to throw or putt, and see that you are in their sight-line, stop moving and talking until they release their disc.
  • One big difference between ball and disc golf is that it is common for disc golfers to start on a hole other than Hole #1. This is okay, but if you do "jump on" in the middle of the course, take notice of the groups on the preceding hole(s). It is bad form to start on, say, Hole 7 if there is a group putting out on Hole 6. That group will suddenly have to wait behind a group that just jumped on. If you do "jump on" in the middle of the course, try to find a spot where you don't interrupt another group's flow.
  • If you feel compelled to share etiquette tips with others, make sure to choose your words and tone carefully.
  • If you see an errant disc from another hole disappear into the rough near you, take the time to give the unfortunate thrower an idea of where to look for the disc.
  • If you find an abandoned disc, attempt to reunite it with its owner.
  • Pack ALL of your trash, including cigarette butts, etc., and dispose of properly.
  • Stop moving and talking when another player reaches the tee pad. The player may not seem ready to throw, but everyone has their own pace and focus strategy and deserves silence and stillness when it's their turn. The same goes for putts and to a lesser degree upshots, since you may be standing far apart in the middle of a long fairway.
  • Stay perceptively behind the disc of whoever is out (the player whose disc is furthest from the hole.)
  • Don't talk about someone else's game unless they bring it up.
  • Don't talk about your game too much.

Download the UDisc app on your smartphone for a convenient score keeping tool, to learn the pars for each hole and more. Search for Joe Palaia Park in the "Courses" section.

Reminder: Joe Palaia Park is not solely for the use of disc golf players. It is a multi-use recreation area enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and runners. Players must yield to other park patrons.























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Contact Information

Office Phone: 732-531-2600 
Fax: 732-517-8567

601 Deal Road 
Ocean, NJ  07712
(Inside the Department of Human Services)

Mailing Address 
Department of Human Services 
Recreation Office 
P.O. Box 910 
Oakhurst, NJ 07755