Parks and Recreation
3/20/2020--IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY
Medford's parks, recreational facilities and open space areas will remain open for passive use that does not result in groups or gatherings, including walking trails, the canoe trail, etc. Athletic fields, basketball and tennis courts, the skatepark, and other facilities will be closed immediately. Police will be enforcing social distancing directives.
At the Freedom Barks Dog Park, we are requiring that all dogs remain on a leash at all times in all areas of Freedom Park in order to maintain the 6 feet distance from other dogs and persons.
In addition, the Medford Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) has temporarily suspended all youth sports activities until further notice, so no practices or scrimmages shall take place.
All playgrounds and picnic pavilions are also closed immediately as Medford Township will not be disinfecting these amenities. The bathroom buildings will remain closed.
If you do visit the parks, please adhere to CDC social distancing recommendations, including the following:
a. Do not use the park and facilities if you are not feeling well
b. Groups of more than 10 persons are prohibited
c. Maintain at least 6 feet social distance between users
d. Wash your hands and/or apply hand sanitizer as soon as possible; and do not touch your face.
e. Park hours are dawn to dusk; or no later than 8:00 p.m. per the Governor’s curfew.
Welcome to Medford's Parks & Open Space and Farmland preservation page. Medford no longer sponsors a Recreation Department, however a multitude of programs and activities are available for residents. Please use this link for information on other service providers.
This office, a unit of the Township Manager's Office, is responsible for the provision and facilitation of responsive and professional park planning, design, construction, rehabilitation and preservation in order to achieve a safe, environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing park and open space environment.
Working in coordination with the Neighborhood Services Department, we provide park maintenance complemented with the collaborative involvement of residents, local agencies and non-profits in parks monitoring, beautification and programming.
Please use our automated Citizen Service Request Program to notify us of any issues in our parks. The system will prompt you to those situations in which immediate notification in lieu of an e-mail is required.
HUNTING PROHIBITED: Per The Township's Administrative Code #109-3 (Parks & Playgrounds), it is prohibited to "hold, posses, or use any firearm or weapon in or within 300 feet of any park, playground or open space area," and "molest, trap, capture or hunt, remove, injure or kill any animal or disturb its habitat, except in portions of any park or open space area designated as open for fishing."
PROCESS FOR RENTING A PARK PAVILION
Step 1: Send an email to Krystle Garrison (email@example.com) to check availability for your desired location (Freedom Park, Bob Meyer Park or Medford Park) Please include requested date (s) and time(s)
Step 2: If the desired date is available, complete pages 1, 2 & 3 of the Facility Use Permit Form, (which will be mailed or emailed to you) and return to the attn. of Manager's Office c/o the contact information on this page. USPS mail, Email w/scanned PDF, and Fax are each acceptable. The Permit Form contains the rules, regulations and fees for use of Medford's parks.
Step 3: The Medford Township Fee Schedule contains the listing of rental fees and deposits. The fees will be provided to you after confirming availability of the date(s) requested. If payment is to be made by check, please make payable to “Township of Medford.” Payments can only be made by check or money order. Cash payments are permitted to be made, but only in person at the Municipal Center.
Step 4: If the desired date is approved, the signed, executed permit application will be returned indicating that the permit has been approved.
Step 5: All requests for pavilions include use of the restroom building and require the applicant or member of their party to pick up any necessary key the week preceding the reserved date. A deposit check of $ 100 must be provided when the key is retrieved.
Step 6: After the key is returned by the renter and the facility is inspected by the Township, the same deposit check will be returned in full.
PROCESS FOR RENTING ATHLETIC FIELDS
Medford Township and the Medford Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) have an agreement in place that has transferred athletic field maintenance responsibilities to the MYAA. Under this agreement, any league or team that requests use of facilities maintained by the MYAA will be responsible for fees payable to the MYAA, along with an application fee to the Township. Organizations requesting use of athletic fields must first send an email listing the type of fields that are requested along with the requested dates of use. Please note that all athletic organizations must provide a Certificate of Insurance with Medford Township and the MYAA as additional insured. Youth organizations must also submit documentation that coaches and other adults have undergone a volunteer fingerprint background check.
***Please note that all of Medford Township’s park facilities have a carry-in, carry-out policy regarding recyclables. Further, all park facilities are 100% smoke, tobacco, drug, and alcohol free and these substances are therefore strictly prohibited.***