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John C. Bartlett Jr.
Ocean County Freeholder

Michael Mangum

Kenneth F. Pullen
General Supervisor

Mary J. Bavais
Superintendent of Recreation


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All of our parks have at least a few picnic tables, but some parks are able to accommodate large groups for picnics.Ocean County Park in Lakewood, for instance, can accommodate up to 600 picnickers!

Beginning March 1 of each year, we will take limited reservations for large groups on a first-come-first-served basis, up to three weeks before the requested date, for picnics held between April 1 and November 1.
A fee is charged based upon the size of the group, and proof of insurance is required for groups of 300 or more persons.  Click here for the Picnic Reservation & Rules Form.

* For your more intimate gatherings visit one of our many other facilities.

  • No reservations on holidays

  • Beer in cans or kegs, wine in wine boxes are allowed by permit only

  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted on any sports field

Group Picnic - Parks with Picnic Locations & Maximum Capacity

A. Paul King County Park, Manahawkin75 persons
Berkeley Island Co. Park, Berkeley Twp.60 persons
Ocean County Park, Lakewood600 persons
Robert J. Miller Airpark, Berkeley Twp.300 persons
Stanley H. "Tip" Seaman Park, Tuckerton200 persons
Wells Mills County Park, Waretown99 persons
Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood75 persons

Other Picnic Areas - Open for small individual picnics

Freedom Fields County Park, Little Egg Harbor Twp
Mill Creek County Park, Berkeley Twp.
Eno's Pond County Park, Lacey Township
Patriots' County Field Sports Complex, Jackson Township
Beaver Dam Creek County Park, Point Pleasant
Lake Shenandoah County Park and Sports Complex, Lakewood Twp
Cloverdale Farm County Park, Barnegat Township
Mantoloking Bridge Fishing Pier, Brick Township
Cattus Island County Park, Toms River Township

For more detailed information, Rules and Regulations, or a Picnic Reservation Form, telephone us at 1-877-OCPARKS or 1-732-506-9090, ext. 5954. Please be advised that all requests for a picnic reservation must be made at least 3 weeks prior to the picnic date.