While there are many great reasons to love living in Randolph, some of residents’ favorites are the 700 acres of parks, 16 miles of trails and long list of recreation programs.
The Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, the feeling of neighborliness and the sense of community throughout the township for our diverse and growing population. With that in mind, it provides a range of leisure activities and facilities for township residents of all ages.
Among the beautiful parks in Randolph are Brundage Park, Freedom Park, Heistein Park, Randolph Park and the brand new Veterans Community Park. Included in these parks are a wide variety of facilities for athletic recreation, including
· 6 tennis courts
· 17 baseball/softball fields
· 5 basketball courts
· 2 football fields
· 4 lacrosse fields
· 9 soccer fields
· 3 volleyball courts
· 1 handball/paddleball court
In addition, Randolph Park features a lake and beach which provide a great place for residents to cool off in the summer months. A spray park for our youngest residents, along with a beach house with a changing room, a refreshment stand and picnic areas complete the park. Brundage Park also features a community theater which hosts many performances throughout the year and a skate park for skate board enthusiasts. Seven playgrounds are included throughout the parks and three picnic pavilions are available for rent. During the winter months, residents can also enjoy ice skating on 2 ponds.
Just a few weeks ago, our newest park, Veterans Community Park opened. This beautiful addition to our town features a number of amenities including a community garden, a band shell with event lawn seating, a paved and lighted walking path, pickle ball courts as well as restrooms and picnic pavilions.
All of the planning for our park facilities is guided by a 10-year plan that was updated in 2016. This plan provides a vision for the future of the township’s park facilities and recreation programs for the next 10 years. The financing for the various components of the plan comes from the township’s Open Space Trust Fund. The complete plan is available on the township website at: http://www.randolphnj.org/parks_and_recreation/master_plan
Randolph’s 16 miles of trails run throughout the township, linking parks, schools and neighborhoods. The trails are an asset to our community and were especially appreciated by many residents this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for the design and the construction of the trails has come primarily from state grants and developer contributions. In 2017, the township completed a trails master plan, which includes recommendations for future expansion of the trails.
Every year, more than 75,000 registrants of all ages participate in a wide variety of recreation programs offered by Randolph Township. These include youth sports programs, such as baseball, soccer, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, basketball, wrestling, cheerleading and track. For adults, activities include volleyball, men’s softball and basketball and yoga. During summer months, day camps for children and travel camp for teens, sports clinics and tennis lessons are also offered. Additionally, Artworks studio and Brundage Park Playhouse provide outlets for residents interested in art and theater.
Three advisory committees - Parks, Trails and Recreation, work with the department to review and establish programs, policies and procedures. It is through the efforts of these committed volunteers—as well as two dozen program committees and more than 2,000 recreation volunteers—that the department is able to sustain such well-run and highly regarded programs.
Finally, the department hosts community events throughout the year and partners with service organizations on several, including the annual Freedom Festival, parade and fireworks, the Country Fair, a Halloween Trunk or Treat event, drive-in movie events, senior citizen summer picnic and winter holiday party and other cultural, historical and educational events.
Overall, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, led by Director Russ Newman and assisted by Assistant Director Steve Eisenstein, does an incredible job.
Through their efforts, Randolph residents can enjoy the beautiful parks and amenities in the township and participate in an array of recreational activities to help them stay active and have fun.