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About the Park Commission

The Morris County Park Commission At-A-Glance

  • The largest county park system in New Jersey based on acreage
  • Steward to over 18,730 acres of parkland
  • Includes 38 facilities: historic sites, golf courses, outdoor educational and recreational facilities, arboreta, conservation areas, 150 miles of trails, ice skating arena, and an artificial turf field complex with two inline hockey rinks
  • More than 3.5 million visit our parks each year
  • Award-winning programs, special events, and activities for all ages
  • Staff includes 156 full-time, 149 seasonal and part-time employees
  • Hundreds of volunteers contribute more than 13,000 hours annually

Formation of the Morris County Park Commission

  • Established in 1956 by voter referendum by authority of NJSA 40:37-95.1 et. Seq.
  • Lewis Morris County Park in Morris Township was the first park dedicated in March 1958 with 350 acres
  • The second park acquisition was 75 acres now known as James Andrews Memorial Park in Randolph.

The Commissioners

There are 9 volunteer Park Commissioners serving 5-year terms selected by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Each Commissioner serves on several committees to oversee the Park System's activities. The Commission has public meetings monthly, except for August.

  • Betty Cass-Schmidt, President
  • Barbara Shepard, Vice-President
  • Julie C. Baron
  • Edward G. McCarthy
  • Stuart Lasser
  • Judith Schleicher
  • Richard Seabury, III
  • Dr. Philip T. Santiago
  • Kim M. Wentworth
Term Expires
  • December 31, 2017
  • December 31, 2015
  • December 31, 2019
  • December 31, 2019
  • December 31, 2018
  • December 31, 2017
  • December 31, 2015
  • December 31, 2018
  • December 31, 2016

Executive Director: David D. Helmer

Treasurer: Joseph Kovalcik, Jr.

Park Counsel: John Suminski

Board of Commissioners Secretary: David D. Helmer


2008 - 2015 Adopted Budget

2013 Audit
2012 Audit
2011 Audit
2010 Audit
2009 Audit
2008 Audit

Vendor Remuneration of $17,500 for Fiscal Year 2014
Vendor Remuneration of $17,500 for Fiscal Year 2013
Vendor Remuneration of $17,500 for Fiscal Year 2012
Vendor Remuneration of $17,500 for Fiscal Year 2011

The Mission

The Mission of the Morris County Park Commission is to develop and preserve a dynamic and unique system of diverse natural, cultural and historic resources, and to provide innovative education and recreation opportunities of regional value, while exercising environmental and fiscal responsibility.

Vision Statement

The Morris County Park Commission is committed to excellence in providing for a growing and diverse system of regional parks, recreation facilities, trails, historic sites, arboreta and open spaces of county, state and even national significance that: connects people with the natural environment; offers outstanding visitor experiences; manages its resources to balance recreation, education, conservation and historic preservation; and enhances the quality of life for current and future generations.

New Jersey Monthly - Jersey Choice 2012

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