Parks and Recreation

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 Public Works 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."


Thanks to grant from Sustainable Jersey & Atlantic City Electric, and in collaboration with the Township's Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee, a lightning detection system has been installed in Freedom Park. 

Warning sirens and strobe lights will be utilized to warn on impending storms and the need to seek safe shelter.  

Please click HERE for current weather information, and for more information about the warning system. 


Step 1: Send an email to Beth Portocalis ( to check availability for your desired location. 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, (see link in right sidebar or request a copy) 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.

*All applications require a Certificate of Insurance.  If the applicant does not have the ability to secure said Certificate, insurance coverage can be provided via a third party vender of the Township's Joint Insurance Fund.  For more info, visit:

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. 

Step 6: After the facility is inspected by the Township, the deposit will be returned in full.    


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.***  




Additional Links

Contact Information

Open Space Coordinator/
Permits & Scheduling 
Beth Portocalis
Phone extension: 330
Email: bportocalis

49 Union Street
Medford, NJ 08055-2432

Phone: (609) 654-2608 
Fax:  (609) 714-1790 

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Municipal Center Address: 49 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055-2432
  • Phone: (609) 654-2608
  • Fax: (609) 953-4087
  • Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30pm