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A view of the Softball Field at Phillips Park in Old Bridge.

IMPORTANT ALERT​ - All Middlesex County Parks and Open Spaces are open from sunrise to sunset with strict social distancing requirements. Pursuant to Executive Order 204, effective Monday, December 7, 2020 until further notice, the gathering limit for all outdoor activities is limited to 25 individuals. The Parks Administration Building is closed to the public until further notice. Park visitors are to practice social distancing and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
***2021 PICNIC RESERVATIONS***
Due to Covid-19 concerns, picnic reservations for 2021 will not take place in person or by phone on January 4, 2021. Opening day of reservations is tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 1, 2021. Information regarding the 2021 reservations process will be on our website in mid-February. If you have any questions, please visit the picnic reservation page or call our reservation office at 732-745-3900.
Location:  Maple Street, Old Bridge
  
Acreage:  111 Acres
  
Facilities: 
• 3 Soccer Fields
• 1 Baseball Field
• 1 Softball Field
• 1 Cricket Pitch
• 2 Playgrounds
• Comfort Station
• Nature Trail
• Bike/Walkways

Key Feature: Park is located within the 1,700 John A. Phillips Open Space Preserve
  
History
The land for the John A. Phillips Preserve was acquired in 1997 and was one of the first purchases of the Middlesex County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.  The property was acquired from Olympia and York, a development corporation who had planned nearly 10,000 high density housing units for the area.  Shortly after the land was protected, plans were made for the 111-acre John A. Phillips park which would provide recreational facilities for that area of the county, while leaving the remaining 1600-acres for passive recreation.  Trails were laid out, constructed and are maintained by the Middlesex County Conservation Corps.  The MCCC was proposed by the late Freeholder Director, David B. Crabiel to help meet the management needs for the additional land acquired through the Open Space Trust Fund.
 
John A. “Jack” Phillips was a resident of Laurence Harbor for 40 years.  He served as a councilman in Old Bridge Township from 1958-1960 and as the mayor from 1960-1962.  He was also a Middlesex County Freeholder from 1962-1983, serving as the Deputy Director from 1973-1983.  The park and preserve are named in his memory for his long and untiring commitment to the youth of Old Bridge Township and Middlesex County.
 
 
 
You May Also Be Interested In:
Printable Park Guide
Go for a Hike
Reserve a Sports Field
Phillips Park Conservation Area
*Trail distances are indicated on trail maps which can be obtained in the kiosk (which is located at the Main Trail Head.  The Main Trail Head is located next to the Park Maintenance Building) or on the Conservation Area page, linked above.
 
 
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Office of Parks and Recreation
1030 River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 661
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
 
Phone - (732) 745-3900
Fax - (732) 745-8209
Monday through Friday
8:30am - 4:00pm 



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