As submitted by Councilman John Sevastakis:
The fall season is upon us and our young residents are back at school continuing their education and participating in a variety of extracurricular activities. So many people find the Township of Toms River a great place to call home because of its long tradition of supporting education and . Many families have discovered the tremendous benefits of their children’s participation in the activities offered within the community.
While there are many successful organized programs available in Toms River, please remember that there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy several of our passive recreational facilities as well. The Township now boasts three state of the art and completely accessible playground facilities including Castle Park in Oak Avenue Park, Riverwood Rodeo in Riverwood Park, and Skipper’s Cove in Silverton Park.
Thousands of families enjoy these playground facilities throughout the year. In addition, Winding River Park is a great place for walking, jogging, or cycling. A two mile long pathway which runs through the park from Route 37 to Route 571 was recently resurfaced. Residents can also look forward to a new playground and fitness trail which is part of the new softball complex on North Bay Avenue.
In addition, the Township’s Recreation Department continues to coordinate various holiday special events. A free Halloween Hay Ride is scheduled for October 22nd at Bey Lea Golf Course beginning at 6 p.m. Families will enjoy a hay ride, putting contests on the practice green, and apple cider in a fun Halloween setting for everyone. Plans are also being made for a holiday event at Town Hall in December. Last year hundreds of residents enjoyed a tour of local decorated houses, holiday songs, and a special magic show.
Finally, public skating sessions are available in both the indoor and outdoor rinks at Winding River Skating Center. Lessons are also available for those who want to learn how to skate as well.
Please make time to enjoy some of our recreational activities and facilities. For further information, please contact the Department of Recreation at (732) 341-1000, x8415.
Councilman John Sevastakis