Are propane gas grills allowed in any Ocean County NJ State Parks

by marilyn kahn
(ocean county)

We are planning a family barbecue and are wondering which parks allow grilling, particularly propane gas grills. Many thanks.

Frank's Reply
Hi Marilyn,

Ocean County Parks allow charcoal grilling, though Propane-type grills and wood fires are prohibited. For more information on Ocean County Parks, visit their Website

New Jersey State Parks in Ocean County with picnicing include:
Barnegat Lighthous
(609) 494-2016
All forms of Grilling over an open fire prohibited.
Bass River State Forest
(609) 296-1114
Has 74 picnic tables with charcoal grills, a picnic shelter, restrooms, athletic field for games and playground. Propane Gas Grills are permitted
Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
Tables and grills are not available in the park. Propane Gas grills are prohibited.

Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed parks, it is suggested that you call ahead to confirm that the latest conditions on the use of grills in the park.

Enjoy your family BBQ,

Frank

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Park to Have a Family Picnic

by Linda
(Rahway)

Looking for a nice park to have a family get together. Preferably grills and shelter as well as a playground area for children's activities. I'm finding only places with large fees. Central Jersey is best location for us. Any help or advice is much appreciated.

Frank's Reply:
Hi Linda:

Unfortunately most decent picnic areas with grills, shelters, and other facilities for a group outing are going to charge a fee and a permit for the use of the facility.

I would suggest contacting the county park system in the areas your are willing to hold your outing for information on picnic areas, facilities, fees, and permits needed to hold your outing.

Not knowing the county you are interested in holding your outing, as an example, I have provided links (below) to the Middlesex County and Monmouth County Park Systems that offers information on the picnic areas for group outings:


http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/parkspro.asp

http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2505

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Planning a company picnic in Northern NJ

by Lucy
(Edgewater, NJ)

I would like to plan a company picnic for about 12 people no more than an hour from Edgewater, NJ.

Do you have any suggestions?

Hi Lucy;

I can suggest you try:

1) Tomahawk Lake in Sparta, (973) 478-7490. It's a privately run facility with 200 acres that comes with complete packages and recreation.

2) Hidden Valley Club in Vernon,(973) 764-4200 It's a privately run facility in a scenic, mountain environment that offers corporate and special event picnics and outings.

3) Hacklebarney State Park in Chester, (908) 638-6969. It's a state park with over 100 picnic tables located throughout the park. They are available on a first-come first-serve basis. There are no picnic shelters located at Hacklebarney. Please note that alcohol is not permitted in New Jersey State Parks.


Regards,

Frank


P.S. checkout New Jersey Picnic Areas for more picnic areas.


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How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Pavilion At Windward Beach Park?

by julio rivera
(brick, new jersey,ocean county)

how much would it cost to rent the pavilion at windward beach for a family gathering?

Franks Reply:

Hi Julio;

new-jersey-leisure-guide.com is an on-line leisure web site and does not have any affiliation with Windward Beach Park in Brick Township, NJ.

For detailed information on renting a pavilion, I suggest you speak directly with the operators of Windward Beach Park at 732-262-1073.

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Inquiry: Upscale Catered Picnics
in New Jersey

by Holly
( New York)

We'd like to throw a party for my mother as she turns 70 and thought it would be nice to do so in a lovely outdoor area. We would want it to be upscale (not camplike). Northern Jersey preferred. Any ideas -- we need a location and a caterer.

Hi Holly;
Here are a few suggested contacts that offer upscale catering and a choice of venues for a private outdoor social gathering in New Jersey:

Frungillo Caterers
90 Route 46 East
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
973-256-9380
They will caterer a special affair and recommend one of their dozens of unique venues such as mansions, castles, museums, wine vineyards, yards, and other open spaces for large tents.


Merri-Makers Catering
97 Sunfield Avenue, Suite C
Edison, NJ 08837
732-225-0009
They offer a variety of off-premise, outdoor gourmet catering options.

Crystal Springs Resort
Route 94
Vernon, New Jersey 07462
973-827-4357
A resort lodge offering an outdoor venue for a private catered affair

Meadow Wood Manor
461 Route 10 East
Randolph, NJ 07869
973-537-5454
Offers off-premise catering for 125 or more guests.
 
Best wishes for success on planning your mothers 70th birthday.

Frank Dalotto

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Information on picnics, beer consumption and brochures on Windward Beach

by Jean
(Fargo, ND)

Would like to know some info on using Windward Beach for Picnic, BBQ In September 2010.Is beer allowed?

Can you send Brochures with pertinent Information.

Thank You,
Jean,
Fargo, ND

Reply:
Hi Jean:
Windward Beach Park in Brick Township, NJ has picnic tables for public use. However, barbecuing is only permitted by reserving a table and the BBQ must be a charcoal grill. Propane grills and alcohol are not permitted. To reserve a table, call 732-262-1073.

new-jersey-leisure-guide.com is an on-line service and does not offer any printed materials or mailings.

Best wishes on an enjoyable picnic,
Frank Dalotto

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Looking To Hold A Bonfire With Alcohol
in South Central Jersey
For A High School Reunion

Looking To have my high school reunion in Ocean County, New Jersey. Looking for a place to have a bonfire and consume alcohol. Any suggestions?
Reply:

Hi,
New Jersey towns and beaches have strict ordinances against having bonfire parties with alcohol.

However, depending on what you had in mind, here are some venue suggestions for your high school reunion that offer a bonfire (or campfire) with alcohol.

Martell's Tiki Bar
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Tel: 732-892-0131
Can cater a private party on the beach with alcohol for 50 or more.

Private Picnic venues that can host a reunion

If your group is small, and an overnight camping experience is of interest, and a campfire is acceptable, here is a list of private campgrounds

Have a happy reunion,

www.new-jersey-leisure-guide.com


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Are There Any ParksThat Allow Canopy Tents and Bounch Houses?

by amanda
(neptune, nj)

Are there any parks in Monmouth or Ocean county that will allow bounce houses or canopy tents?
Frank's Reply:
Hi Amanda,
Monmouth and Ocean County Parks have restrictions on the use of canopy tents and kids bounce houses for any kind of group run event.

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Oct 19, 2015

by: Frank

Many park venues have restrictions against the use of bounce houses. For Birthday party permits and bounce house regulations, please contact the park directly at (856) 216-2136

Oct 02, 2015
Bounce house
by: Anonymous

Can we have a bounce house at cooper river park for our daughters birthday?


Reply: Many park venues have restrictions against the use of bounce houses. For Birthday party permits and bounce house regulations, please contact the park directly at (856) 216-2136

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Is a Permit Needed for a Party at South Mountain Reservation

by KW
(Newark, NJ, USA)

I would like to know if I would need a permit to have a party at the park in South Mountain Reservation. It's for my son and there would be maybe 30-40 people there. I remember as a child going there and having cookouts with my family and we didn't need a permit but I'm not sure if things have changed since then. Thank you for your time!
Frank's Reply:
Hi KW;
Permits are needed for picnic's and parties at the South Mountain Reservation.

You can contact 973-268-3500, Ext. 242, to learn about the fees and to get a copy of the permit application.

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What Is A Great, But Inexpensive New Jersey Group Picnic Spot

What is a great, but inexpensive spot for a group picnic (about 40 people)?

Frank's Reply:
Hi;
I would suggest contacting your local county parks department as a good source of having sites for inexpensive picnics.

Not knowing which county you live in, I am unable to give the best choices.

However, here is a sampling of some county park picnic areas in counties you may want to look into:

Bergen County:
Dahnert's Lake County Park
Midland Avenue, Garfield
(201) 336-7275

Wood Dale County Park
Prospect Avenue
Hillsdale
Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake
(201) 336-7275

Camden County:
Cooper River Park
North and South Park Drives
Route 130 and Grove Street
Pennsauken, Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Haddon Township
(856) 216-2117

Essex County:
South Mountain Reservation
So. Orange Ave. & Cherry Lane
West Orange
973-268-3500

Mercer County:
Mercer County Park
334 South Post Road
Princeton Jct
(609) 448-194

Middlesex County:
Second Avenue
Highland Park
(732) 745-3936

Merrill Park
Middlesex Turnpike
Woodbridge
(732) 745-3936

Monmouth County
Holmdel Park
44 Longstreet Road
Holmdel
(732) 946-9562

Shark River Park
1101 Schoolhouse Road
Wall
(732) 922-4080

Morris County:
Cooper Gristmill
66 Washington Tpke
Chester
(973) 326-7600

Lewis Morris Park
270 Mendham Rd
Morristown
(973) 326-7600

Passaic County:
Apshawa Preserve
West Milford
(973) 881-4921

Rifle Camp Park
Woodland Park
(973) 881-4921

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Looking for a Venue To Have a Sweet Sixteen Outing or Picnic

by Ms. gleinda
(Irvington NJ)

Looking for facility that has a pool and concession stand where food would be prepared burgers, chicken, fries, fruits, hotdogs, soda, and ice cream. I attended a family reunion some years ago at a new jersey facility where the was a pool and food was provided, I think we took Route 22 to get there.

Frank's Reply:
Hi Ms. Gleinda;
I'm not sure where the venue you describe is, or whether it is still in operation, though I can offer you some suggestions. There are several outing caterers that serve the area you are interested in and they may help you select a venue and organize an outing/picnic. Some of them have exclusive rights to organize and cater an outing at different locations.

Ome Caterers
201-600-1085
They are the exclusive private picnics organizer for Harbor Hills Day Camp, Mendham, New Jersey.
Located on 16 acres, they feature offer exclusive use of their facility for private picnics. The amenities include: a covered pavilion, 4 heated pools and waterslide with certified lifeguards, 2 beach volleyball courts, regulation size soccer, softball and baseball fields, tennis and gaga courts, batting cages, 9-hole miniature golf course, 3-bay automatic driving range, and an 8-way system automatic belay hydraulic rock wall

MBS Caterserve, Inc. 1-877-238-4759
They are the exclusive private picnics organizer for Stonybrook Day Camp, Randolph, NJ .
They specialize in Family or special events picnics The have two swimming pools, a lake with boating and a fishing dock , and all types athletic fields.

Maddalenas Cheesecake Catering
(609) 466-7510
They offer Picnic catering throughout Hunterdon County, Mercer County, and Somerset County, New Jersey.

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Jun 23, 2012
Family Cookout Venue
by: Anonymous

I am looking for a place to hold our family BBQ that has grills, a shelter, pool and play field. Any suggestions?

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