LINCROFT, NJ – What better way to celebrate the Monmouth County Park System’s 50th Anniversary than with a celebration at the newly restored Thompson Park Visitor Center! Hosted by the Friends of the Parks, and sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. James P. Cullen, the celebration will feature Park System recreation demonstrations, special presentations, and a menu of wine, beer, passed hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments. The festivities will be held Sunday, June 13, from 4-6pm.

Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, wine and cheese, and more at the Monmouth County Park System’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, benefiting the Friends of the Parks, at the beautiful Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft, on June 13 from 4-6pm. Call (732) 975-9735 for tickets and more information.

Tickets to this event are $50 and all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Parks, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to support the Monmouth County Park System.  The Friends of the Parks provides financial support for Park System enhancements, including historical and natural resource preservation, recreation for urban youth, and activities for individuals with disabilities within our community.

Some of the projects funded by Friends of the Parks in 2010 include: installation of exhibits at the Seabrook-Wilson House at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth, purchase of informational games at Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center in Howell, and new display cases at our historic sites. To purchase tickets for the 50th Anniversary Celebration, please call (732) 975-9735. For more information on this, and other 50th anniversary programs, visit or call (732) 842-4000.

The Monmouth County Park System is celebrating its golden anniversary of keeping the county green and livable, since the Board of Chosen Freeholders created the first county park in 1960. Today, the Park System has grown to over 30 sites totaling more than 14,500 acres and offers approximately 4,000 recreation programs and activities, making it the perfect place to come outside and play.