Point Pleasant Borough
Environmental Commission
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  1. Recreational Open Space Inventory

Recreational Open Space Inventory

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Water Access Parks & Properties

Bay Avenue Boat Ramp and Fishing Pier
This facility consists of a free public gravel and concrete boat ramp large enough for one boat at a time, flanked on the East side by a sizable fishing pier.
Richard Road leading to the Manasquan River
Known to many as the "River Beach," this is a moderate-sized sandy area providing free public swimming and boating access to Manasquan River. Nestled on a dead-end street in the middle of a quiet neighborhood, this beach is where locals primarily within walking distance come to get away from the chaos that is the boardwalks in Point Pleasant Beach.
Northstream Parkway leading to Beaver Dam Creek
This small parcel of land at the end of Northstream Parkway offers a bench with a view through the phragmites of the North Fork of Beaver Dam Creek. There is access to water and a fishing pier which is partially submerged at higher tides.
Curtis Avenue leading to the Manasquan River *
The Curtis Avenue boat ramp is designed to be used by the residents of Point Pleasant. Permits are available to Borough Residents as per Ordinance 842 for the nominal fee of $15. Activities at this facility are restricted to the launch of boats equal to or under 18' in length. The facility is open between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM to permit holders (facility closes half an hour before sunset from Oct. 1 to Apr. 30).
River Avenue leading to the Manasquan River *
The facilities at the end of River Avenue comprise a beach, playground, and picnic area on the bank of the Manasquan River. Restrooms are available when lifeguards are on duty. Admission is required during the beach season. The beach boasts a large swimming area with ample parking.
Maxson Avenue Leading to the Manasquan River *
Located one block east of the River Avenue facilities, the end of Maxson Avenue offers a beach, playground with handicapped-accessible facilities, a fishing pier, and a shaded handicapped-accessible walkway with a view of the river. Restrooms are available when lifeguards are on duty. Admission is required during the beach season.
Riverfront Park (Under Construction)
This property, located at the corner of Maxson Avenue and River Road and extending to the Manasquan River, will allow access to the river. Located next to the Maxson Avenue River Access, Riverfront Park will have a boardwalk and lookout area, a kayak and canoe access, areas for Horseshoes and Bocce, a play structure, and picnic area with restrooms.
Cohocton Avenue leading to Beaver Dam Creek
While there is, in fact, water access at the end of Cohocton Avenue, use of this property is discouraged. Due to the stagnant nature of the water in this section of Beaver Dam Creek, the effects of boating pollutants and fecal coliform have caused this access to become quite dirty. Access to Beaver Dam Creek is encouraged at the end of Dorsett Dock Road.
Kickapoo Avenue leading to Beaver Dam Creek
The Kickapoo Avenue River Access, being only two blockas downstream of Cohocton Avenue, suffers from teh same health issues. Access to Beaver Dam Creek thorugh this property is also discouraged, in favor of the Dorsett Dock Road river access.
Mossbank Road Leading to Beaver Dam Creek
The location of the road and the guardrail with respect to the lagoon contiguous to Mossbank Road and forming an extension of Beaver Dam Creek makes use of this property as water access nearly impossible. It is recommended that the Dorsett Dock Road access be used instead.
Dorsett Dock Road leading to Beaver Dam Creek *
The end of Dorsett Dock Road provides a scenic view of Beaver Dam Creek. A slight slope of a couple feet to the east side of the road can be used as a kayak launch, though there is hardly room for more than one at a time. A wooden bulkhead provides a retaining wall for an area with a couple benches and planters.
Beaver Dam Road leading to Beaver Dam Creek
The Ocean County Sewerage Authority maintains a small parcel of land just west of of Beaver Dam Road on the northern bank of Beaver Dam Creek.
Point Pleasant Canal Access Easement *
The Army Corps of Engineers Canal Access Easement comprises ____ft of land on either side of the Point Pleasant Canal. A path on each side of the canal provides good fishing access along the entire length of the canal.
Point Pleasant Canal, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Access
This property provides water access to the Point Pleasant Canal via a gravel boat ramp. Located adjacent to the Point Pleasant Station of the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau, the property is also home to Point Pleasant's only pond.
Nellie Bennett Marshes off Bayberry Lane
These marshes represent on of the last pieces of property which have not fallen victim to infill development. They are home to many species of animal and plant life. Thanks to Troop 16 Eagle Scout Nick Binaco, there is now an Osprey platform constructed in the northern part of the marshes, which is currently home to a nesting pair.
Observation Platform on Bayberry Lane
An observation platform was constructed by Troop 16 Eagle Scout and Environmental Commission Associate Member Tom Szymanski to overlook the Osprey platform, which can be seen to the southeast. Aside from being nearly impossible to use as fishing or boat access, we ask that it not be used as such to give the Osprey their space.
One Square Mile of Submerged Public Tidelands
Shore Haven Main - Beaver Dam Creek (Private; Fee Required)
Clark's Landing - Manasquan River (Private; Fee Required)

* The Boro Environmental Commission only recommends the use of these sites for access to water.

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Recreational Parks & Properties

Curtis Ave. Boat Ramp
The Curtis Avenue boat ramp is designed to be used by the residents of Point Pleasant. Permits are available to Borough Residents as per Ordinance 842 for the nominal fee of $15. Activities at this facility are restricted to the launch of boats equal to or under 18' in length. The facility is open between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM to permit holders (facility closes half an hour before sunset from Oct. 1 to Apr. 30).
River Ave. Beach
The facilities at the end of River Avenue comprise a beach, playground, and picnic area on the bank of the Manasquan River. Restrooms are available when lifeguards are on duty. Admission is required during the beach season. The beach boasts a large swimming area with ample parking.
Maxson Ave. Beach and Fishing Pier
Located one block east of the River Avenue facilities, the end of Maxson Avenue offers a beach, playground with handicapped-accessible facilities, a fishing pier, and a shaded handicapped-accessible walkway with a view of the river. Restrooms are available when lifeguards are on duty. Admission is required during the beach season.
Riverfront Park (Under Construction)
This property, located at the corner of Maxson Avenue and River Road and extending to the Manasquan River, will allow access to the river. Located next to the Maxson Avenue River Access, Riverfront Park will have a boardwalk and lookout area, a kayak and canoe access, areas for Horseshoes and Bocce, a play structure, and picnic area with restrooms.
Recreation Center
The Point Pleasant Recreation Center offers a large playground in addition to several smaller pieces of play equipment. Basketball courts are available outside as well as inside. The inside court is used primarily to run the many programs offered by the Department of Recreation. Outdoor tennis courts are also located at this facility. A picnic area is available, as are restrooms.
McKennan Lake Field
The Little League Field comprises two small baseball fields that serve dual purposes for the Point Pleasant Little League or as soccer fields for the Point Pleasant Soccer Association.
Point Pleasant Skate Park
Located on Route 88 adjacent to the Little League Field, the Point Pleasant Skate Park includes serveral ramps for use by skateboards and inline skates. No bikes are permitted. Hours of operation and rules are posted at the facility.
Beaver Dam Road Park
The Ocean County Sewerage Authority maintains a small parcel of land just west of of Beaver Dam Road on the northern bank of Beaver Dam Creek.
Heritage Road Park
Heritage Road Park provides access to the Canal Easement, with a view of the Bridge Avenue Canal Bridge, the New Jersey State Police Station, and the NJ Fish and Wildlife Boat Launch.
Mount Place
A gravel parking lot just south of Mount Place provides an excellent location for fishing access to the Point Pleasant Canal.
Howe Street Park
A small park located just north of the Bridge Avenue Canal Bridge's eastern approach, Heritage road park comprises a playground, basketball court, and small field.
Slade Dale Natural Sanctuary
Slade Dale Natural Sanctuary is home to many marsh creatures. An osprey platform graces one end of the contiguous marsh, and a nature trail leads past it into Beaver Dam Creek. This is one of few Borough Recreational Properties that is home to both a forest and a wetland habitat.
Ocean Road School
Ocean Road Elementary School is one of the borough's two elementary schools. Located just east of the Canal on the corner of Route 88 and Benedict Street, it is central to the northeastern section of the borough. The property is home to two sets of playground equipment, one recently rebuilt, and a full-sized soccer field.
Memorial Middle School
Memorial Middle School, located directly across Laura Herbert Drive from the High School, is home to grades six through eight. An addition to the school was recently completed, expanding the capacity. The school has one field that serves as a baseball, softball, and soccer field.
Nellie F. Bennett School
Nellie F. Bennett School is one of the borough's two elementary schools. Located on Riviera Parkway, it has two soccer fields, which also serve as a baseball and softball field.
Dorsett Dock Road
The end of Dorsett Dock Road provides a scenic view of Beaver Dam Creek. A slight slope of a couple feet to the east side of the road can be used as a kayak launch, though there is hardly room for more than one at a time. A wooden bulkhead provides a retaining wall for an area with a couple benches and planters.
Point Pleasant High School
Point Pleasant High School is located on Laura Herbert Drive and has several fields, track and field facilities, and tennis courts.
Riviera Parkway
Beaver Dam Creek County Park
Although under the jurisdiction of the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation, this property is still within the borders of Point Pleasant Borough. Several fields, a picnic area with shelter, tennis courts, and nature trails with handicapped-accessible boardwalks provide recreational facilities. Restrooms are also available. This is one of few borough Recreational proprties with both a forest and wetlands ecosystem.
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Other Open Spaces

Treeneedle Triangle
This small parcel of land will be home to shrubs, benches, and a picnic table. Located where Treeneedle and Mossbank Avenues intersect with Bridge Avenue, it is the result of a 2008 Eagle Project.
Triangle on Bay and Barnegat Boulevards
This triangle of land consists of grass and a few trees and is one of several Adopt-a-Spot sites designated by the Environmental Commission. Due to its location at the intersection of two roads, it is difficult to categorize as "recreational."
State Land North of East Bridge Approach
North of the the eastern approach to the Bridge Avenue Canal Bridge, on Partidge Run, the state of New Jersey owns a small patch of land which currently has no designated purpose.
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State & County Recreation Facilities within 30 minutes of Point Pleasant Borough

Allaire State Park, Howell Township
Niedstadt (Osborn) Island Natural Area, Brielle
Manasquan Fish & Wildlife Management Area, Wall Township **
Sections of Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brick Township
Swan Point Natural Area, Brick Township **
Island Beach State Park, Seaside
Ocean County Park, Lakewood Township
Cattus Island County Park, Dover Township
Lake Shenandoah County Park, Lakewood Township
Gull Island County Conservation Area, Point Pleasant Beach **
Shark River County Park, Neptune
Howell County Golf Course, Howell Township **
Shark River County Golf Course, Neptune **
Manasquan Sedges County Natural Area, Manasquan **
Manasquan Reservoir and Environmental Center, Howell

** Asterisked areas are not designed for normal public uses such as picnicking, restrooms, nature trails, etc.

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Natural Area Administrative Bodies

Information on specific areas are available from the following sources:

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