Recreation Facilities in Warren Township
The Municipal Grounds are located adjacent to and behind the Municipal Building, Library and Police Station at 46 Mountain Boulevard. Comprising approximately 25 acres, the grounds include 5-lighted multi-purpose fields. A covered pavilion with rest rooms and a water fountain is available for use (Permission forms are available at the municipal building). Part of the area is used for night football practice, Lacrosse practice, summer concerts and large community events. There are also basketball courts, picnic areas with playground equipment and three tennis courts available to the public.
The Warren Recreation Commission sponsors a summer playground program at the Municipal Grounds, which runs 5 weeks each summer beginning the first full week after school closes. The program is open to all Warren youngsters' ages 6 years through Middle School and is held weekdays from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. There are a variety of offerings weekly, which includes arts and crafts and numerous board games. The playground staff supervises various sports such as soccer, baseball. Tennis, basketball and golf, with emphasis placed on participation and a good learning experience.
Each week also offers a swim day at Warrenbrook Pool for a nominal fee, a feature movie is shown and there is a weekly day trip. Previous trips were enjoyed at Sesame Place, The Bronx Zoo, Yankee Stadium, The Paper Mill Playhouse, Bowcraft Amusements, USA Skate and Bowling Lanes.
The program concludes with a picnic (weather permitting) and games with ribbons awarded to all participants.
Located on Warrenville Road, Warrenbrook Park is a facility operated by the Somerset County Park Commission. The public facility includes an 18-hole golf course, pro shop and club house, swimming pools for adults and children, and cross country skiing, and is the location for the Somerset County Multipurpose Senior Center. This center is run by member contributions and voluntary direction through the Somerset County Office on Aging and offers programs and hot lunches all week. Programs include trips, theatrical groups, dancercise, arts and crafts, shopping trips, yoga, bingo, oil painting and holiday parties. - (908) 754-8400
The township takes no responsibility whatsoever for the use of the said facilities.
Following are the wide variety of sports activities open to Warren Township "residents" sponsored by the Warren Recreation Commission. Announcements of seasonal registrations and tryouts are announced in the local papers and on Warren Cable TV. Sports involving children are also made through the schools. Most activities require an annual nominal fee to cover materials, tournament registrations and other operating costs.
BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
Warren Baseball Softball Inc. is (Babe Ruth affiliated) an Independent, non-profit organization which administers baseball and softball for the Township of Warren for boys and girls starting in Kindergarten through High School.
Warren Baseball Softball Inc.'s league is a "must-play" recreational program in which all players participate in every game, regardless of ability.
Frank Peterpaul, President …………………………………………………………. (908) 668-8242
Warren Baseball Softball Inc.
P.O. Box 4462
Warren, NJ 07059
Web Site: www.warrenbaseballsoftball.com
Season: Spring / Fall
Registration: starting in November for the Spring program and in May for the Fall program. Announcements will appear in the Echoes-Sentinel & Warren-Watchung Journal newspapers. Registration is primarily done via the web site, however, some forms will be placed in the Warren Library. Applications received after teams have been formed will be put on a waiting list.
Spring registration will begin November 1st and runs to the 2nd week of December.
Fall registration will begin May 1st and ends on July 15th and is open to Warren and surrounding communities.
Spring: $85.00 per player (a refund of $20.00 will be provided to refreshment stand volunteers)
Fall: $40.00 for Warren residents - $65.00 non-residents. $10.00 late fee after July 15th.
Practices: Held by individual coaches, starting in late March
Games: April, May & June (usually two games per week, played week-nights and Saturdays). Games are played on the Municipal fields, Central School fields and limited Green Meadows field. Tee Ball games are held at the Woodland School.
Coaches Clinic: Mandatory under State law, given in March at the Warren Middle School.
Summer All-Star Program
The All-Star Program is a competitive program where not all applicants necessarily play. Coaches' recommendation and tryouts are held in April and May. Games are played throughout June and July against teams from other communities. This is a highly competitive program.
A basketball program for boys and girls in grades 3 through middle school is sponsored by the Warren Township Recreation Commission.
In Town Program
For boys and girls grades three through eight. Registration is held in November. Season is from December through March.
In town Basketball Program Coordinator: Joe Passaro (908) 805-0913.
For girls and boys grades four through eight. Registration is held in November. Season is from December through March.
Travel Basketball Program Coordinator: Scott Anderson (908) 647-3812.
Adult Basketball Open Gym
A basketball open gym for adults is held Monday evenings at Warren Middle School, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., October through May.
Contact the Recreation Commission: (908) 753-8000
Pop Warner Football
The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Football Association was incorporated in 1971 with the purpose of teaching pre-high school boys 8 to 13 years of age in Warren, Watchung and Long Hill Townships the fundamentals of tackle football. In 1993, Flag Football teams were started for boys and/or girls ages 5 to 7. The Association is a member of the Mountain Valley Conference and is administered by a Board of Directors.
Registration is held in March. Season is from August through November.
Contact Joe Passaro (908) 805-0913
All girls registering for Pop Warner become members of our Cherokee Squad. For those girls interested in our cheerleading squad, we will be holding mandatory placements in August. There will Be non-mandatory instructional sessions so that the girls may learn the cheers in August.
Registration is held in March. Season is from August through November.
Contact Robin Vitollo (908) 580-1246
An area behind the playground at the Municipal Grounds is flooded each year for recreational skating for all ages. It is lit and divided into hockey and figure skating areas. The pavilion fireplace is available for fires. Skating availability is weather permitting.
Watchung Hills Travel Lacrosse serves Warren, Watchung, and Greenbrook. Programs are provided for grades K-8. Season is March 1 through June 15. Practices are 2 to 3 nights a week and games are some weekday evenings and Saturday or Sunday. Clinics are available during the year for foundation skills. Contact Tom Powers at Tom@07059.com.
Boys Clinic (Grades K-2) - Sundays, April through May
Girl's Clinics (Grades 3-8 - Sundays, April through May
Boys Clinics (Grades 3 - 8) - Practices are 2 to 3 nights a week and games are some weekday evenings and Saturday or Sunday.
The Watchung Hills Soccer Association is a non-profit, all volunteer, organization administered by an eleven member Board of Directors. The Association sponsors fall, winter and spring programs composed of boys teams and girls teams, both in-town and travel, for players 6 through 19. The travel teams act as the Association’s All Star Program competing against other area teams. Volunteers are always needed for coaching, publicity, fund raising and serving on the Board of Directors.
For more information go to www.whsa.org or call the WHSA Hotline (908) 647-8342.
Registration is held both June and September for the Fall season for both girls and boys divisions ages six through thirteen.
Tryouts are held in early June for the Fall season for both boys and girls divisions ages six through eighteen.
In-town (Winter, Indoor)
Registration is held in November for the Winter season for both girls and boys divisions ages six through thirteen.
Travel (Winter, Indoor)
Weekend tournaments throughout the state are available for the Associations travel teams who wish to participate.
Tryouts are held in November for the Spring season for both girls and boys divisions ages eight through nineteen.
The township's three tennis courts are located behind the Municipal Building. They are available without fee to Warren residents of all ages from Spring through Fall on a sign-up basis. Courts are lit until 10:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet is available at the Police Station.
Competitive wrestling is available for first through 8th graders. Registration is held prior to the late November through February season. Competition is in the Suburban Wrestling League Tournaments - League Tournaments and State Qualifiers.
Program Coordinator: Scott Shallcross (908) 561-7891.
The Recreation Commission sponsors two ski trips annually.
Throughout the year the Warren Recreation Commission sponsors bus trips to sports and recreational events at the Meadowlands and other arenas in the area.