Park Advisory - NO ICE SKATING: For the safety of all our County residents and visitors, ice skating is PROHIBITED on all lakes, streams, rivers and ponds within the County Parks, Conservation Areas and Preserves. This includes Roosevelt Park Lake in Edison, Manalapan Lake in Jamesburg/Monroe, Helmetta Pond, Helmetta, Davidson’s Mill Pond, South Brunswick, Spring Lake, South Plainfield and the ponds within Donaldson Park, Highland Park and Johnson Park, Piscataway.
Ice skating is available at the Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink.
The 675 acre Thompson Park is the largest developed park in out Park System and is located in Monroe Township and Jamesburg. The park features Manalapan Lake, a 30 acre lake periodically stocked with fish by the State Division of Fish and Wildlife. This lake is a favorite spot for local fishermen and women. While gas powered boats are prohibited, park visitors are welcome to use the lake for canoeing, kayaking, or small boats powered by electric motors.
A wide variety of farm and exotic animals are on display within fenced-in areas at the animal haven which is open from dawn to dusk daily. This facility is visited and enjoyed daily by the young and old alike. Interpretive signage is displayed to provide an educational as well as a fun experience and best of all - its free! In Thompson Park you will see pigs, goats, an emu, deer, peacocks, turkeys, and many other exciting animals!
The Thompson Park Dog Park is a very popular facility to bring your friends and family - both two and four legged! Dog parks got their start in California and have become popular all across the country - Middlesex County is certainly no exception. At this dog park, dog owners can bring their pets to exercise and play in a leash-free environment. The two and a half acre facility is divided into two sections - one for large dogs and one for smaller breeds.
Location: Forsgate Drive, Jamesburg/Monroe Township
Acreage: 675 Acres
Key Feature: Thirty Acre Manalapan Lake and Small Boat Launching Ramp
Programs Offered in this Park: