Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mayor and Council Public/Work

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Recreation Committee

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Environmental Commission

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Shade Tree Committee

Recreation Department

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 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 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 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?


    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?


    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?


    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?


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


Recreational Fields: Policy & Procedures


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.

Bernardsville Recreation 2015-2016 Wrestling Registration

Bernardsville Recreation will be holding registration for Wrestling (with the Raritan Valley Wrestling League) for all age groups on Tuesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 29th, Bedwell School Cafeteria from 6:00-8:00 pm.   This season's coaches will be available to answer any questions. 

Garden State Travel Basketball League Try Outs

Bernardsville Recreation is sponsoring travel basketball teams for Bernardsville boys in 4th through 8th grade, and Bernardsville girls in 4th through 8th grade.  Revised:  We are looking for travel coaches for girls 6th through 8th grades in order for that age group to participate in travel basketball.  If you are interested, please call the Rec office at 908-766-2546.  Everyone must try out as team size is limited.  The teams will play in a very competitive traveling league with practices once or twice per week, and games any day/night according to league schedule.  Some of the towns participating are:  Bedminster, South Brunswick, Branchburg, Flemington, Green Brook, Middlesex and Bridgewater.   Practices will begin in November, and games begin in December.  Practices may vary based on coach’s availability.

You must pre-register on line: prior to October 16th for try outs.  

Fall Enrichment Classes

Check out Bernardsville Recreation’s upcoming Fall Enrichment Classes. From jewelry making and model building to drawing and tennis, there is something for every child.

For more information please contact the Recreation Office at 908-766-2546.