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Recreation Department

Nancy Bergen, Superintendent of Recreation

Phone: 609-844-7065
Fax: 609-895-1484

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Programs and Special Events



    FOURTH OF JULY CHALK ART CONTEST - Open to Lawrence Township residents only. One entry per person. Artwork must represent the Fourth of July. Email a picture of your chalk artwork and indicate the age group, to Submit your entries July 1 through July 6. Winners will be picked by people's choice voting on Facebook on July 7, 8 and 9. Categories include: Ages 12 and under, teens 13-17 and ages 18 and up. Winners will receive a gift card to a local Lawrence business. See flyer for more details.

    Fireworks Safety  - In New Jersey, it is unlawful to sell, possess or use fireworks, other than certain sparkling devices and novelties without a valid permit. Please click here for more fireworks safety information. Fireworks are also stressful for your pets. Please see information to keep your pets safe too. You should also be aware that fireworks are not permitted in Township parks.

    Fireworks Cancelled: As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions by Governor’s Executive Order for large gatherings, it is with great disappointment that the Township must cancel this year’s 2020 Lawrence Township’s 4th of July Fireworks Display scheduled for July 1. This popular community event takes place at Rider University every year and includes a concert performed by a live band, food trucks, music by the Bronc Radio Station and a spectacular fireworks display. The Township must make decisions that are based upon the community’s best interest. In this situation, the Township determined that it could not adequately protect the attendees from the health and safety risks posed by the virus. The Township hopes that the fireworks event can be incorporated with another event at a later date this year.

    After careful consideration and review of safety guidelines, the difficult decision was made to cancel summer camps until the end of July 2020.

    We are disappointed and know that many campers look forward to joining us each year and we also look forward to seeing them. For the safety and health of the campers, staff and volunteers we feel that it is best to cancel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for you and your family and we thank you for your support to all our programs.

    A full refund will be given to anyone who registered for the cancelled programs. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for new programs, and events that we may add during the upcoming months.

    Please click here to view program catalog.

    Parks remain open but restricted. The playground equipment will be off limits and signs will be posted on basketball courts that there is to be no gathering more than 2 people at any basket.

    All trails and paths will remain open.

    All Lawrence Township athletic fields will be closed. Please continue to follow our Facebook page and website for updates.

    The Recreation Department will keep you updated on the status of these programs via email, our website and Facebook page.

    Dog Park at Village Park

    Lawrence Township is esablishing new rules for the Dog Park: Only one owner at a time with his or her own dog(s) - Only a ten minute limit in the park - Please practice social distancing while waiting. If you have any questions, you may call the Lawrence Township Recreation Department at 609-844-7065.

    Senior Connect - The new Senior Connect is available. Please click here to view. It is also available at Town Hall at the North door entrance. You may also call the Senior Center at 609-844-7049 to make arrangements to have one delivered to you.

  • Lawrence Rec Virtual Activities Guide
  • Make staying home fun! CLICK HERE to view our guide to recreational activities from the comfort of your home.

  • Lawrence High School Pool
  • The Lawrence High School pool is closed until further notice.

  • Volunteerism and Special Talents
  • We are always looking for new programs to offer to the community. If you have any interest or special talents and you would like to offer a program through us please contact Nancy Bergen at Many of our programs rely on volunteerism to help make them successful. We appreciate all of our volunteers and are always looking for more.

Closings / Cancellations / Changes:

  • All current Lawrence Township Recreation programs, including the closure of the LHS pool, will be postponed until further notice. All Lawrence Township athletic fields will be closed. Please continue to follow our Facebook page and website for updates.
  • Parks remain open but restricted. The playground equipment will be off limits and signs will be posted on basketball courts that there is to be no gathering more than 2 people at any basket. All trails and paths will remain open.


For additional youth programs in Lawrence Township such as soccer, baseball, lacrosse and football, see related links at the bottom of the page.


Township Parks

Lawrence Trail Map

Township Fields

  • Baseball/Softball Fields in Central Park:
  • Colavita Field
  • Carroll Field
  • Grant Field
  • Hughes Field
  • Pezzicola Field

  • Football Field in Central Park:
  • Elvin Bethea Field

  • Soccer Fields:
  • Armory Fields
  • Mooch Myernick Training Facility in Village Park
  • Zimmer Field in Central Park

  • Softball Fields in Village Park:
  • Betty Leedom Field
  • Gatterdam Field

  • Lacrosse Fields
  • Central Park

Department Contacts

Municipal Building

2207 Lawrenceville Road, PO Box 6006, Lawrenceville NJ 08648

  • Nancy Bergen - Superintendent of Recreation
    Phone: 609-844-7067

Senior Center

30 Darrah Lane East, Lawrenceville NJ 08648

Advisory Board

The Lawrence Township Recreation Advisory Committe is appointed by the Township Council to work with the Lawrence Township Recreation Department to plan and promote activities for the residents of Lawrence. The Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Lower Level Conference room. Residents are encouraged to attend these meetings.

  • Ed Budzinski
  • Siobhan Cahill
  • Ernie Cerone
  • Bill Chester
  • Glenn Collins
  • Bob Dalle Pazze
  • Becky Jo DiPierro
  • Bonne Giglio
  • Nick Sferra
  • Marie Tagliaferri
  • Sigmund Zegarski

Related Links

Logo of Lawrence Hamnett SoccerLawrence Hamnett Soccer Association
A volunteer organization providing recreational and competitive soccer opportunities for boys and girls 5 to 17 years old living in Lawrence Township.

Logo of Lawrence Lacrosse

Lawrence Lacrosse Club
A volunteer organization that organizes and coordinates recreational and competitive lacrosse for boys and girls between Pre-K to 8th grade.

Lawrence Township Junior Baseball/Softball Association
A volunteer organization that organizes and coordinates baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls between 8 and 18 years of age.

Logo of Lawrence Lightning Junior Football ClubLawrence Junior Cardinal Football Club
A volunteer organization that provides a competitve contact football program for boys in Lawrence Township. They offer 4 travel teams for boys in grades 1 to 8.

Logo of Lawrence FlamesLawrence Nassau Hockey Association
A youth ice hockey organization that provides a competitve and recreation teams and instruction.

Lawrence Township Board of Education
The home page for the Lawrence Township School District.

Logo of Lawrence Nature CenterLawrence Township Nature Center
The website for the Rinck House and the Lawrence Township Outdoor Education/Nature Center.

Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The off-road path that when completed will wind its way for more than 20 miles through Hopewell and Lawrence connecting parkland, open space and other attractions in the two communities.

Logo of Lawrence Community CenterLawrence Community Center
The Lawrence Community Center at 295 Eggert Crossing Road provides recreation, social and educational opportunities for the entire community.