“I am happy to announce the reopening of these popular attractions at our Ocean County Parks to visitors,” said Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, who serves as chairwoman of the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. “We will continue to have restrictions in place as per Governor Murphy’s executive order.

The spray park at the John C. Bartlett Jr. County Park will reopen on July 2nd. Playgrounds located at 14 other Ocean County Parks will also reopen.

“It’s important for all of us to continue to do our part in curtailing the spread of the coronavirus even while enjoying the outdoors at the spray park and the playgrounds,” Haines said.

The spray park at the John C. Bartlett Jr. County Park in Berkeley Township will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Park employees will be on site to monitor and assist with the number of patrons using the spray park at one time. The spray park will have one way in and out and there will be time limits in order to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the spray park. All park equipment at the spray park and at the playgrounds will be sanitized daily.

“It’s important to observe social distancing rules and to wear a mask when using these facilities and especially when you are around other people,” Haines said. “The spray park and the playgrounds are very popular with our residents and visitors, particularly children, and while we want the experience to be enjoyable it’s imperative that it’s also safe for everyone including park department staff.”

Ocean County began to gradually reopen its parks beginning May 2 following guidelines from the state and health experts. By May 22 all Ocean County parks, including off-leash dog parks, had been reopened to the public.

Bathroom facilities are available at all County park sites and visitors using them must be wearing a face covering. Face coverings are strongly recommended when accessing the dog parks at Ocean County Airpark in Berkeley Township and Ocean County Park, Lakewood and all of the parks in the county system.

The nature centers at Cattus Island County Park, Toms River, Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood and Wells Mills County Park, Waretown, remain closed to the public system.

“We are pleased to be opening our playgrounds and spray park so our residents can enjoy them all again,” Haines said. “Each of our parks offers unique features and a great opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty Ocean County has to offer.”

For further details about the Ocean County Parks System please visit: Ocean County website – www.ocean.nj.us/home