Department of Human Services 
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2020 Soccer Game Schedules


Winter Registration Begins November 4

Registration for winter programs begins Wednesday, November 4 for Ocean residents. Non-residents may register November 18 if space permits. Sign up online using your CommunityPass account or use the form for in-person or mail-in registration. See the Winter Brochure for details.

Community Hope Fund Thanksgiving Food Drive 

Donations are needed for the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to assist local families. Please donate a complete holiday meal for a family of 4-6 or individual non-perishable food items. Most needed items include: stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned soup and gravy, canned vegetables, boxed potatoes, hot/cold cereals, pasta & sauces, peanut butter & jelly, rice, cookies, fruit snacks and crackers.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Community Hope Fund. Please drop off donations no later than Friday, November 13.  Download the flyer with more information.

Community Hope Fund Adopt a Family Program

Sponsors are needed for the annual Holiday Adopt a Family program sponsored by the Community Hope Fund. Individuals, families, community organizations and businesses are asked to provide gifts for families living in Ocean Township. Please see the flyer for details and return the sponsor form to the Department of Human Services.

Community Pool & Tennis Facility: Early Registration for 2021 is now open

Reserve your membership now for the 2021 season. Submit your application and deposit no later than November 30, 2020 and you will lock in your membership at 2020 rates.

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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