Facebook LogoFormed in 1991, the Friends of the Parks is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization comprised of area citizens and businesses committed to the support of the Monmouth County Park System. In this day and age, when recreation funding must be stretched to meet the needs of a burgeoning population, membership dues, donations, and proceeds from special fundraisers furnish the financial assistance necessary to achieve a number of worthwhile goals.

Friends of the Park Board 2015

What Do We Do?
Throughout beautiful Monmouth County, the Park System manages parks, golf courses, recreation areas, historic sites and stream valleys for your recreation and enjoyment. The Friends realize how important it is to protect and preserve the more than 16,000 acres of county parks and open space maintained by the Park System. 

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Hooked Rug Raffle at the Harvest Home Festival    

Hooked Rug

This hooked rug was made by participants of the Rug Hooking Gathering which meets at Historic Longstreet Farm and will be raffled off at the Harvest Home Festival on Sunday, September 27.  Raffle tickets are $1.  Tickets will be available at the Harvest Home Festival or can be purchased in advance by sending your check made payable to:

Friends of the Parks
PO Box 686
Lincroft, NJ 07738

The winner does not need to be present at the time of the raffle drawing.

Memorial Bench  

Kimball Bench
Honor the memory of a relative or friend or recognize a birthday, wedding, anniversary, retirement or other special event.  Your tax deductible donation will underwrite the cost of the bench and its installation. The Friends will install a recognition plaque on each donated bench.

 50/50 and Super 50/50 Raffles at the Monmouth County Fair    

Raffle Winners
The Friends had 16 lucky raffle winners at the Monmouth County Fair and 3 Super 50/50 Winners! 

Whole Foods 5% Day      

5% Day at Whole Foods
 The Friends at Whole Foods 5% Day in April

Friends Highlighted Project

Delivery of the historic World War II naval gun from the Battleship New Jersey
The Friends donated $25,0000 toward WWII Battery Lewis at Hartshorne Woods Park restoration for exhibit research and fabrication.  Learn more about this exciting project.  

RAP - Recreation Assistance Program    
In 1986, the Monmouth County Park System began the Recreation Assistance Program (RAP) to provide a variety of recreational activities for underprivileged youth in our urban communities. In recognition of this program’s importance, the Friends of the Parks, a 501(c)(3) organization, has developed an annual RAP Appeal to assist the Park System in making quality recreation available to disadvantaged youth here in our county. The Friends provide scholarships for children from Monmouth County’s urban communities to participate in week-long summer camps (including door-to-door transportation), summer concerts, boat rides, farm tours, and educational programs.

Urban Rec participants thank Friends for great time at the Monmouth County Fair.
Urban Rec participants thank Friends for great time at the Monmouth County Fair.
Thank you to the Atlantic Club for 70,000 Step donation to Friends and Therapeutic Recreation.
Thank you to the Atlantic Club for 70,000 Step donation to Friends and Therapeutic Recreation.

Learn more about RAP and how to help send a child to camp.

What Are You Waiting For?
Become a Friend today. For an application form, call the Friends of the Parks office at 732-975-9735 or download the form in pdf format.

The Friends accept American Express, Visa & MasterCard. Call the Friends office at 732-975-9735 for payment information. 

The Friends Tax ID #:  22-3163875.

Our Annual Report

2014 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report