Department of Human Services 
Recreation & Community Services

 Program Cancellation Information
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Summer Morning Recreation and Summer Project Extend 2020

Dear Ocean Township,
Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Parents and caregivers of seniors may have questions as to how to respond to their loved one. Neighbors may be worried about residents who are on their own. Concerns for the future in regard to HSD programs may arise. Others may want to offer support and not know how to contact those in need. Although our municipal buildings have been closed to the public as of 3/16, the Department of Human Services staff is available via telephone, 732-531-2600, Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30 p.m. to respond to your questions and concerns.  If you or someone you care about is struggling emotionally, our counselors are available to talk on the phone and discuss resources available. 
Please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know how we may help.  Together, we will cope with this stress, support our community, and be stronger for it.



Dear Residents,
We want to provide you with an update on Recreation programs and parks.
  • Winter session of Recreation programs has concluded.
  • We will keep you updated on the status of spring programs.
  • The Egg Hunt originally scheduled for April 5th is cancelled.
  • Opening Day of the William F. Larkin Golf Course is postponed.
An update on our parks:
  • Playgrounds are closed until further notice.
  • Organized group activities are prohibited until further notice.
  • Parks are open for passive recreation, trail walks & bike rides.
We do ask that while you are in the parks you practice proper social distancing and be aware of touching surfaces such as park benches.

Coronavirus: Important Information for Parents & Caregivers

The Spring Recreation Brochure is here! Registration for Ocean residents begins Wednesday, February 26. Non-resident registration begins March 11.

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.

Let's Talk for adults age 60 and older meets Wednesdays at the Senior Center. For more information call 732-531-2600.


 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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