Thursday, December 31, 2015

Make the Parks Part of Your Resolutions

As you wave goodbye to 2015 and ring an exciting new year, we hope you will consider making the parks part of your list of New Year's resolutions. Whether it's getting more physically fit, experiencing new hobbies, or spending more time as a family, the Monmouth County Park System can assist you in achieving your goals and having an excellent new year.

Here are some resolutions to consider as we head into 2016:
  • Whether you're trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or stay healthy, exercising more is often one of the top resolutions made for the new year. With over 130 miles of trails, your sure to find one that suits your fitness needs; walking, running and biking the trails are a terrific way to get in shape! Plus, be sure to check out the Fitness Trails at Holmdel Park, Shark River Park, and Turkey Swamp Park. For those who prefer the routine of a weekly (or biweekly) class, check out the full list of upcoming sports & fitness programs being offered by the Park System this winter.
  • Ever considered learning a new craft like drawing or painting? Or maybe learning new outdoor skills like cross-country skiing or bird watching? The Park System offers a wide variety of programs you're sure to enjoy. For a full list of upcoming winter programs, click here.
  • Family time is so very important with how busy our lives can become. The parks make it easy to get out and spend time together. You can enjoy a walk on the trails, have fun on the playgrounds, stroll through the gardens, and more. And when the temperatures drop this January and February, you'll love the winter activities we have available! 
  • Discover some local history! The Park System's two historic sites are open throughout the winter. Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel offers the sights, sounds and smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s and is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To the west you'll find Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold, a picturesque site showcasing over 200 years of social, technological and environmental history through the Waln family.
  • Looking for something to do on the weekends? Our This Weekend in the Parks page is updated weekly with fun drop-in programs you and your family are sure to enjoy. From crafts to nature walks to photography exhibits and more!
These are just a few of the things available to you in the Monmouth County parks. For ideas on more things you can do in the parks, visit

How will you resolve to make the parks part of your new year?