About the Morris County Park Commission
The Morris County Park Commission at a Glance
- The largest county park system in New Jersey based on acreage
- Steward to over 20,197 acres of parkland
- Includes 38 facilities: historic sites, golf courses, outdoor educational and recreational facilities, arboreta, conservation areas, 216 miles of trails, and ice skating arena
- More than 4 million visit our parks each year
- Award-winning programs, special events, and activities for all ages
- Staff includes 164 full-time, 170 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 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.
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.