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Readers' Choice: What's the Best Park in Toms River?

We've got a lot of parks to use, so which is your favorite?

March 9 Update: As the poll closed at 9 a.m., Cattus Island County Park has 91 votes, and Huddy and Winding River parks both have 22 votes. Thanks for voting.

When you are tired of being stuck in traffic, or the rows of semi-similar houses are starting to get to you, Toms River also thankfully has hundreds and hundreds of acres of parks to escape into.

It's everything from the tremendous playground of Castle Park, to the soccer fields on North Bay Avenue, to the scenic trails of Winding River to the bayfronts of Shelter Cove and Ortley Beach to the downtown waterfront of Huddy Park to the hiking trails of Riverwood Park. And those are just a few of the township's parks (full list here).

A major county park is in Toms River: Cattus Island. The county park's offices are a park itself, sitting on 35 acres just north of Cattus Island, and there's also the small Riverfront Landing park on the Toms River, downtown.

Which one is your favorite and why?

Do you love how Huddy Park is ground zero for a bunch of interesting festivals, or how you can spot an egret among the marshes of Cattus Park?

It's the perfect time to debate which park is best, in our humble opinions. The weather is warming up and the outdoors are calling our names, inviting us for a walk, jog, or game of tennis like never before.

Voting for your favorite places is easy. All you have to do is:

  • Cast your ballot.
  • Tell your friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, doctors, letter carriers and anyone else you know to do the same.
  • Use our comment tool to tell us what makes your favorite the best. Is it what the park offers, or lacks? Is it the environment it provides? 

The voting goes until 9 a.m. on Friday so you have plenty of time to vote. The winner will be announced at noon Friday. If there is a tie it will be decided by which location has the most positive comments and reviews on their Patch Places page. 

Editor's Note: Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

Catherine Galioto March 09, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Just a reminder our poll closes at 9 a.m. So far Cattus Island County Park has kept its substantial lead.
Eggs-n-Toast March 09, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Reading about Cattus Island, brought back some memories of that area of TR and I have a jog-your-memory-Old-Timers question for you all: I grew up on Bay Ave - about 1/2 mile or so west of the Fischer Blvd and Bay Ave intersection. As kids (late 60's) we went everywhere on our bikes, hitting a few places of interest along the way, from the Snug Harbor area, to Shelter Cove, to Stewart's Root Beer, etc. I had friends in the Bell Crest neighborhood, So I was frequently in and out of that area. I don't remember how I discovered this place, or who showed it to me originally, but there used to be a long, winding, narrow path through the woods somewhere off The Cattus Island Blvd / Mercer Dr. area.(?). After a good 20-minute walk, as I remember it, this path would eventually bring you to the bay, with a very small beachy-sandy area, a small, 8-10 ft bulkhead, and a tiny, old, abandoned beach house. It looked very much like this painting you can see here (although it's not the same place): http://www.amazon.com/Jacqueline-Penney-Island-Retreat-Poster/dp/B000O1YVPK I used to spend hours back there, mostly alone or with a friend now and then, and I remember watching horseshoe crabs gathering all along the bulkhead there at certain times of the year. Back then (pre-Ciba Geigy pipeline) the bay was clean and beautiful- full of sea life. Anyone else remember this area back then, and is this now the Cattus Island Park / trail of today?
holyhhh March 09, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Keep building!!! Keep building roads that will not be maintained! Keep building homes in an grossly overpopulated area that doesn't have properly updated road systems! Keep building parks that cannot be maintained due to budget cuts and hiring freezes of public employees! Keep building CVS's, RiteAids, Walgreens that will be empty next year! Build another walmart and let the existing one sit vacant for years and years! Build an indoor tennis facility that only the 1% can afford to use! Build a 2 million dollar animal shelter!!
I B buggin April 23, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Have you been to Riverwood lately? There is a brand new playground. Granted, there are no real bathrooms, but I don't stay longer than a hour or two.
Debbie-Joleen Gallo-Faber July 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I agree with holyhhh on everything but the animal shelter. Those poor animals are in shelters through no fault of their own, and they deserve better than the existing shelter. My girl scouts tore down and rebuilt their outdoor dog pen last July, and that was only 1 major repair that needed to be done. It's nice to have beautiful parks for we humans to visit, but let's remember that civilizations should be judged on how we treat our most helpless creatures; ie- the elderly, the young, the infirmed, and yes, the animals. Yes, keep up with our parks, but don't take out your frustration on government's mismanagement of funds on thrown-away pets.


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