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Recreation Department

The Recreation Department provides a variety of community recreation programs for children of all ages and adults. We provide:

  • Pool Memberships
  • Summer Camps
  • Trips
  • After school enrichment programs
  • Special events such as the Memorial Day Parade, Fishing Derby & Family Day

Recreation Programs

Bernardsville Recreation offers a variety of programs for all age groups year round.

The programs vary for the children: After School Enrichment, Basketball, Wrestling, Cartooning Workshops, a wide array of Summer Camps, and much more.

For the adults the programs offered are bus trips to different exciting locations and also we have Senior Theme Parties throughout the year.

Recreation Employment Opportunities

The Bernardsville Borough Recreation Department offers employment opportunities in pool and camp. For additional information, contact the Recreation Office.

Recreation Facilities

Polo Grounds

The Polo Grounds consist of a football field, baseball field, and a multi-purpose field. Currently under construction for additional multi-purpose fields.

Upper Polo Field Turf Project Information

Location: From the Rte. 202 Mt. Airy Road intersection travel 1 mile North on Anderson Hill Road. Right onto Seney Drive. Roadway 1/2 mile on Right at School.

Kiwanis

Kiwanis consists of 2 Little League playing fields and Peter's Park Playground.

Location: From the Rte. 202 Mt. Airy Road intersection travel 1 mile South on Mt. Airy Road. Right onto Bernards Ave. Left onto Maple Street. Right onto Pine Street.

Claremont

Claremont consists of a Little League field, Tiny Tot Playground, and the Recreation Field House.

Location: From the Rte. 202 Mt. Airy Road intersection travel North on Anderson Hill Road. Left onto Mine Mt. Road. Left onto Park Lane. Park is at the end of Park Lane.

Rosebowl

Rosebowl is a lighted softball field.

Location: From the Rte. 202 Mt. Airy Road intersection travel 1 mile South on Route 202. Field is located after Borough Hall.

To register for Recreation’s Programs and Activities, please go to our Registration System.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q:

    How can I register for a program?

    A:

    You may register online here or you can come in person or mail the registration form available in the online forms to the Recreation office located at:

    166 Mine Brook Road
    Bernardsville, NJ 07924.

     
  • Q:

    Where can I find what your offerings are during the year?

    A:

    We will announce programs on this website. We also advertise through the local newspaper, place notices via the Somerset Hills School Districts Fridays Folders, and also place flyers at the Bernardsville Library. We post on the Somerset Hills Schools District cable Channel 14 (Comcast).

     
  • Q:

    How can I get on your mailing list?

    A:

    Call the Recreation Office at 908-766-2546 we will gladly place your name and address on our list.

     
  • Q:

    If my child goes to the Somerset Hills School district (which includes Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone and Bedminster) am I considered a resident of Bernardsville?

    A:

    No, only if you live in the Borough of Bernardsville are you considered a resident.

     

Recreational Fields: Policy & Procedures

POLICY

It is the goal of the Bernardsville Recreation Committee to encourage the usage of its recreational fields for worthwhile, non-profit purposes when such uses do not interfere with the Borough or school-sponsored recreational programs.

The Department of Recreation reserves the exclusive right to determine the eligibility of an organization and to assign a classification and prioritization to any application for the use of fields.

These organizations whose aim and intended use are consistent with the general policy- entitled Terms for Use of Fields – shall be considered eligible and classified as follows:

  1. Recreation shall be construed as any program sponsored by the Recreation Department.
  2. School shall be construed to mean any program sponsored by the Somerset Hills School District.
  3. Community shall be construed to mean an organization whose membership, the majority (50% + 1) of whose membership is domiciled in Bernardsville.
  4. Area shall be construed to mean an organization whose members reside in neighboring towns and at least 25% are Bernardsville residents.
  5. Out of Area shall be construed to mean an organization that has less than 25% of its members residing in Bernardsville.
  6. Any Area or Out of Area group will be required to submit its game/practice schedule to determine its field allocation, which will be based upon its resident ratio.
  7. Profit Organizations shall be assessed a fee under the following schedule as per Resolution #2000-31: Profit organizations: $200 for every 1 to 2 hrs block.
  8. Non-Profit Organizations must submit proof of their 501-(c) status.

Field Allocations: Fields will be allocated to the above Community, Area, and Out of Area groups according to percentage of Bernardsville residents.

Equal Opportunity: No applicant shall, be discriminated against and no applicant shall be denied use of the fields on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion or disability.

Code of Conduct: The Recreation Committee supports sportsmanship on behalf of all involved in events conducted on Borough of Bernardsville property. In accordance with NJ Statutes Chapter 74 of Title 5 (August 25, 2002), applicants are required to submit their Code of Conduct for athletes, parents coaches, and officials addressing their guidelines for verbal threats, physical threats, profanity and initiation of fighting or contact. This should include policies for banning and reinstitution of persons who violate the code of conduct.

Rosters: All team organizations, excluding the schools, must submit team rosters that include names and addresses of all participants along with the field usage request.

Along with rosters, all teams must submit the dates, days, times and field/fields requested. Every organization’s authorized representative must sign and return the form provided that they have read and understand all rules and regulations.

Please submit a Field Request Application along with any required documentation to the Recreation Department, Borough of Bernardsville, Route US 202, PO Box 158, Bernardsville, NJ 07924.

Additional Programs Added to Summer Camp

Additional programs have been added! Learn track and field skills with BHS’ Hall of Fame track coach Dave Szostak.

The Intro to Strength Training for Girls camp will introduce functional movement lifts in the updated BHS weight room. 

The Bernards Girls Softball camp will consist of fundamental softball skills in fielding, pitching and hitting.  The camp will also consist of small games and activities to introduce advanced skills and strategies of the game of softball.  

View Additional Summer Programs Flyer

Recreation 2014 Summer Camp registration began on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM in person at Borough Hall.

Through this 6 week program, campers will explore lots of fun and innovative ideas. With the use of new concepts and ideas, campers will begin their first week getting to know one another through games and songs. Campers will enjoy arts and crafts projects, sports and games, fin and feather week and swimming at the Bernardsville Pool. We will focus on encouraging different types of simple exercise and learning how to maintain a healthy environment. Camp may visit the pool a few times per week. Please bring a snack and water. Camp fills quickly, sign up early. 

You can also register online at 8:00 AM. For additional information, call (908) 766 2546.

Community Pool Registration Available

Whether you enjoy reading at poolside or a vigorous exercising swim, you will enjoy doing it here, along with lots of other activities. The pool staff will provide planned programs such as water slimnastics for adults, games and fun for the youngsters, and ping-pong at NO CHARGE. (Some equipment may require a refundable deposit.) There are also special functions held at the pool such as Family Day, Teen Water Basketball and Movies. Why not have a party for a special someone in our lovely picnic area? (Contact pool manager for details.)

This swim season will begin May 24th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. and end on Labor Day at 6:00 p.m.

All of us here at the Bernardsville Municipal Pool hope you will join us for days of summer fun.

For all details and the registration form, view below.  You can also register online.
 

Spring Sports Classes

Recreation Department is presenting Spring Sports Classes for boys and girls, ages 2 to 5. Apply online, by phone (908) 766-2546, or by mail/in person at 166 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville.

Soccer Squirts is the perfect soccer class for boys and girls ages 3 to 5. Often imitated, never duplicated; learn the game through a series of fun based games and scrimmages.

Want to try a variety of sports? The Total Sports program is ideal for the child who wants to try their hand at a little of everything, allowing children to experience a new sport in each session of the program.

The United Soccer Academy’s Parent & Me Soccer Squirts program is a fun and positive introduction to soccer for children aged 2 to 3.