Department of Human Services 
Recreation & Community Services

 Program Cancellation Information
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Summer Registration Begins April 28

Registration for summer programs and fall soccer begins Wednesday, April 28 for Ocean residents. Non-residents may register May 12 if space permits. Sign up online using your CommunityPass account or use the form for in-person or mail-in registration. See the Summer Brochure for information.

Summer Recreation Update

For the summer of 2021, we are offering Outdoor Active Recreation, a sunshine program for children entering grades 1 - 8. The program will be held in Oakhurst Park, Mondays - Thursdays, with a rain makeup day if needed.

Outdoor Active Recreation Flyer

Outdoor Active Recreation Registration Form

Community Hope Fund Grants For Youth Development

The Community Hope Fund will provide small grants to support nonprofit organizations and programs that promote youth development. See the grant application for details.

Covid-19 Policies for Township Parks & Facilities, Recreation Programs and Counseling

Please read the updates below. Check back regularly for up-to-date information.

Transportation for residents age 60 and older will resume on June 1 on a limited basis.  Only one rider will be permitted in the van, and face masks are required. Click here for more information.

 In-Person and Telehealth Counseling for Ocean Residents
The Township of Ocean Department of Human Services is offering telehealth counseling services for Ocean Township residents in addition to in-person office visits. Licensed counselors will provide individual, couples and family counseling.
If you would like to speak to a counselor or need more information, call 732-531-2600, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm to schedule an appointment.

Township of Ocean Parks & Tennis Courts are open. Enjoy the parks responsibly and safely. Practice social distancing and wear a mask.


What you should know:

  • Practice social distancing and wear a mask
  • Please follow the directional arrows on the Joe Palaia Park trails
  • Bicycles are allowed on JPP trails – please yield to walkers and runners
  • To reserve a ball field, call 732-531-2600
  • Click here for information about tennis and pickleball courts. Updated 6/18/20
  • Police will be making frequent patrols through the parks and will be enforcing social distancing

William F. Larkin Golf Course at Colonial Terrace is open for the 2020 season.  Tee times must be reserved online or by calling the clubhouse. Check for details and updated procedures.

Coronavirus: Important Information for Parents & Caregivers

Have you seen these structures in Joe Palaia Park? They are the latest addition to the many recreation activities in the Township of Ocean. Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in in the country. It's fun for all ages, easy to learn and free to play! Disc sets may be borrowed from the Recreation Office. Please present your ID when borrowing discs.

See the Parks & Outdoor Facilities page for information about Disc Golf. Please note: Joe Palaia Park is a multi-use recreation area enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and runners. Players must yield to other park patrons.

 Volunteer drivers are needed for Meals on Wheels. Please call 732-531-2600 to help.




The Department of Human Services of the Township of Ocean, comprised of the Community Services Office and the Recreation Office, provides integrated and comprehensive services that promote the welfare of the community, the positive development of youth, and the strengthening of families.

Address: 601 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ  07712

Phone: (732) 531-2600    Fax: (732) 517-8567
Recreation Office/Project Extend:   Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm      Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Community Services Office:            Monday - Thursday  8:30 am - 8:00 pm     Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Click here for Online Recreation Registration

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