The Park System’s Therapeutic Recreation division was recently honored with the NJRPA Excellence in Health & Wellness Programming Award for its Senior Hikers Program.
The mission of the Therapeutic Recreation Division is to provide access to recreational opportunities for Monmouth County residents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in order to enhance physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning, as well as a sense of belonging to the community.
About Therapeutic Recreation
We provide specialized year-round recreation programs for individuals with special needs and are also available to recommend other appropriate Park System programs, community links and support. Our office is located at the Dorbrook Recreation Area Activity Center, Colts Neck. Dorbrook is also home to the Park System’s Challenger Place Playground and Sprayground.
Phone: 732-460-1167, ext. 22, 23 & 24
Inclusion Services and Supports
It is the philosophy of the Monmouth County Park System to provide modifications for individuals with disabilities (who meet minimum eligibility requirements – with or without a modification – documented for the specific program) to participate in regular Park System programs. It is our intent to provide a safe, successful and enjoyable experience for all.
We understand that not every person with a special need desires specialized programming. Therefore, through our Inclusion Process we will assist and advise prospective participants and families who are interested in general recreation programs offered through the Park System.
Learn more about available services, supports and accommodations.
The Therapeutic Recreation Division offers several exciting options for individuals looking to partake in summer camp day programs.
Learn all about our camp offerings here!
Adult Day Services
Our day programs for adults are designed to provide comprehensive individual services for adults with I/DD in our community. We are an approved DDD/Medicaid Provider in the Supports and Community Care (CCP) Programs.
Learn more about our adult day service offerings.
Kids on the Block
KOTB is an interactive puppet show designed to teach children about acceptance. A Japanese style of puppetry called Bunraku is used to bring the puppets to life and helps to create an atmosphere where children feel comfortable with the characters in the show.
Topics available include:
- Visual Impairment
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Learning Disabilities
- Being the Sibling of a Child with Special Needs
- And More
Each show typically consists of three program topics and runs approximately 60 minutes. There is a limit of two shows per day. The maximum group size per show is 75.
Spray and Play
Spray and Play is available to organized groups serving individuals with special needs. The program allows special needs groups access to Dorbrook Recreation Area’s Sprayground facility during a designated time while being closed to the general public. The Sprayground combines water fun with the safety of a cushiony surface. Our intent is to provide an environment that is not over-stimulating and enables children to interact and learn appropriate play with the