John C. Bartlett, Jr. County Park at Berkeley Island
399 Brennan Concourse,
Berkeley Township, NJ 08721
OPEN FOR PASSIVE RECREATION ONLY 6am to 7pm
Situated on a scenic peninsula jutting out into the calm waters of Barnegat Bay, John C. Bartlett, Jr. County Park's location provides possibly the best view of the Bay in Ocean County. It also features a family-oriented spray park, playground, walking paths, small picnic areas, bait stations and more. The crabbing/fishing pier at the park is one of the County's most popular. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day sunning, fishing, or crabbing from the 100' pier.
After sustaining severe damage in Hurricane Sandy, the park was redesigned and reconstructed. The shoreline was reinforced and made to be more storm tolerant. The fishing/crabbing pier was replaced. A children's splash park was added along with a new, safer playground. New picnic areas, bocce, corn hole and horseshoe courts were added. There are new bathrooms and a new pavilion. The natural shoreline on the south-side was cleaned and repaired...and much more.
Immediately after the storm we partnered with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Barnegat Bay Partnership and Stevens Institute of Technology to incorporate new design and construction strategies including the use of living shorelines. Living shorelines mimic natural conditions by using nature’s own time-tested examples along with a small component of engineered structures like breakwaters and shoals. The result is a more sustainable and environmentally friendly shoreline. The most obvious benefit is a beautiful shoreline with native plants; but the ecological benefits include the creation of habitat for shellfish, fish, birds, and mammals. Living shorelines also improve the water quality by capturing runoff and providing for beneficial bacteria and other organisms. The long-term benefits include a stable, resilient shoreline that is able to withstand and recover from future storms. John C. Bartlett, Jr. County Park at Berkeley Island is open Dawn to Dusk daily. The Spray Park is closed for the 2019 season and will reopen in May 2020. Photo Gallery
for John C. Bartlett, Jr. County Park at Berkeley Island. Reconstruction Photo Gallery
for John C. Bartlett, Jr. County Park at Berkeley Island.Facilities:
Spray park, crabbing, fishing, horseshoe pits, bocce courts, small picnic areas with grills, playground, restrooms, covered pavilion, ADA accessible
The pavilion can be reserved for a nominal fee and can accomodate up to 120 people. Reservations must be made a minimum of three weeks prior to your requested date.
Click the link below for the Pavilion Reservation & Rules Form or call 732-506-9090. NEW Picnic and Pavilion Rental Form 2020
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