Parks and Recreation
UPDATE ON USE OF MEDFORD MUNICIPAL PARKS, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES & OPEN SPACE AREAS
MAY 22, 2020
The Medford Township Council & Manager announce updated guidelines for use of municipally owned parks, recreational facilities, and open space areas. Effective at dawn Saturday morning, May 23rd:
- All Township owned athletic fields will be opened with the following conditions:
o All social distancing guidelines must be followed.
o Face coverings are recommended.
o The Township owned tennis courts located in Headwater Village will open early next week when Township workers will install the nets.
o Per the Governor’s Executive Orders, absolutely no organized activities, including but not limited to, practices, games, scrimmages and training sessions.
- All basketball courts remain closed.
- The skate park at Freedom Park remains closed.
- The hockey rink at Hartford Crossing Park remains closed.
- All bathroom buildings, pavilions, and playgrounds in the parks remain closed.
To minimize contact between individuals and to protect the health and safety of residents & park visitors, we ask for everyone's cooperation and compliance. Medford Township does reserve the right to amend the use of these facilities if the above requirements are not adhered to.
4/30/20 UPDATE: In order to remain compliant with the Governor’s Executive Order #133 issued on April 30th, Medford Township is updating rules for use of municipal parks and open space areas. Parks areas are open dawn to dusk; and absolutely no later than 8:00 pm to comply with the Governor's mandatory curfew.
The following is PERMITTED at Medford Township parks as well as County & State parks:
- Fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, birding, walking, running or jogging, and biking
- The Freedom Park Dog Park will remain open but all dogs MUST BE LEASHED to ensure social distancing
If utilizing a County or State Park, it is recommended researching any restrictions that might apply for that particular location. The CDC guidance regarding the safe access of parks advises individuals to stay at least six feet away from other visitors.
The following Township park areas/locations remain CLOSED:
- picnic areas,
- skate park,
- athletic fields, (All MYAA activities have been suspended)
- exercise stations and equipment,
- chartered watercraft services and rentals,
- all other buildings and facilities.
Additional recommendations and policies shall apply:
- Employees and visitors should wear cloth face coverings while at parks in all settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age
- Parking will be limited to 50% of the maximum capacity at one time, with prohibited parking in undesignated areas
- No picnicking shall be allowed, including on picnic blankets in signed picnic areas, and no picnic blankets, chairs, coolers or other such personal property shall be carried into any Municipal Park or forest
- No organized or contact activities or sports shall be allowed
- No gatherings of individuals, including in parks
Individuals are in violation of the Executive Order when they engage in these activities, and the Police Department will enforce these orders.
Medford Township reserves the right to further restrict use of municipal parks and open space areas if these Executive Orders are not adhered to.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.***