Michael J. Tighe Park

A huge community green space with a seasonal splash pad, skate park, and baseball diamonds. Also has a nice walking trail.

Freehold Township is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. It has a population of 61,236.

In the early 1800s, the village of Freehold and surrounding farmland experienced rapid growth. Public improvements such as long-distance railroad systems and the telephone brought increased prosperity. Read on for some ideas.

Open Space

Freehold Township is home to 14 parks that offer families the opportunity to enjoy playgrounds, athletic fields, nature trails, and more. The township’s latest upgrade includes brand-new public bathrooms at Opatut Park, along with new equipment at C-Rock Playground and Michael J. Tighe Park.

The new playground at the park on Freehold Road also boasts sensory equipment for children with autism. One station allows kids to drum or rattle it, while another makes a clicking noise when touched. It is part of a countywide program to build more universally integrated playgrounds, including two others at Dorbrook Recreation Area in Colts Neck and Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch.

The name of the park was chosen to honor a man who spent countless nights scouting out locations for future township parks and was no political hack. The playground is a fitting tribute to his dedication. The huge park spans many sports fields and has 3 separate playground areas. Right along Remembrance Road, it is a great place to visit with your family for some outdoor fun!


There is a huge park just a short walk down the road from the Monmouth Battlefield Historic District. It features a number of different playgrounds, as well as baseball and basketball courts. This is a great place to take kids out and let them run around for a while.

This park also has a number of different swings and slides for all ages to enjoy. It also features sensory equipment such as drums and stations that make noise when pressed, to help children with autism.

The township offers a variety of events to residents, including the annual Freehold Township Day, an event that focuses on patriotism and small-town Americana in a family-friendly environment. It is organized by the Veterans Community Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, and it is held at Michael J. Tighe Park, off Georgia Road. It originally began in 2002 as a local family fun day. It has since grown into a much larger event. This unique place is a must-see!

Baseball Diamonds

The park also houses 3 pickleball courts. These are dedicated outdoor asphalt courts with permanent lines and nets. The courts are free and open to all. Pets are permitted at the park as long as they are leashed.

In the early 1800s, the village of Freehold developed around the courthouse, and the surrounding farmland became a prosperous horticultural center producing crops for markets in New York City and Philadelphia. In addition, the township had a long-distance railroad system and public sewers, which were significant advancements at the time.

The township operates under the Township form of government, one of only 141 municipalities (of 564 in the state) using this type of municipal government in New Jersey. The township committee, which oversees municipal operations, is elected in partisan elections on a three-year cycle. Township Committee members are not paid a salary but receive a monthly stipend for expenses. The township administration building is located at Michael J. Tighe Park, Georgia Road.

Skate Park

The park has 3 outdoor asphalt pickleball courts. These are dedicated courts with permanent lines and nets. These are free to use.

One highlight of the park is a bright blue and green playground, which is one of a handful of “universally integrated” playgrounds in Monmouth County. It includes 27 features that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, such as ramps and a freestanding toy car that children in wheelchairs can transfer into.

There are also baseball and soccer fields, a splash playground, and a skate park. The area is huge, with lots of open sports fields and 3 separate playground areas.

The township also has an archery range that’s open year-round. Located at Durand Park in East Freehold, this serene natural space boasts lakes, woods, grasslands, and bottomland forest habitats that support more than 68 bird species and various other wildlife. During the winter, the area becomes ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Check our next area of interest here.



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