Township Ordinance 125-2:
H. No person or entity shall use the tennis courts and/or basketball courts at any Township park and recreational facility, or any portions thereof, to operate a profit-making venture, whether the same is a class, sports clinic or lessons of any kind, with the exception of any programs organized by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
I. No person or entity shall use the sports fields at any Township park and recreational facility, or any portion thereof, to operate a profit-making venture, whether the same is a class, sports clinic or lessons of any kind, with the exception of any programs organized by the Department of Parks and Recreation, or persons or entities who have obtained a permit for such activity and have paid the applicable fee for such permit.
J. No person shall permit a dog, or any animal, on any Township sports playing surfaces, including, but not limited to, all grass and synthetic baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, football or field hockey fields, hockey rinks, basketball courts, tennis courts and walking/running tracks. Exception: Swede Run Fields Dog Park.
FRANK FULLERTON PARK is a designated Green Acres Park located at the corner of Zelley Ave. and Linden St. It is named for Moorestown Police Officer Sgt. Francis Fullerton, who was killed in the line of duty in 1979 (DOB: 1930; DOD: 6/1/79). Sgt. Fullerton attended MHS and joined the military in the 1950s. He returned to Moorestown and became a police officer, serving for 24 years. This park has become a stop on the annual Police Unity Tour (to benefit the families of fallen police officers). The park’s playground was rebuilt in 2010-2011 through the efforts of the non-profit Friends of Fullerton and the township. In 2011, the township received a $250,000 grant from the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program for renovations. This beautiful park is home to a regulation Cal Ripkin little league baseball field and two tennis courts. The multi-age playground contains multiple swing sets (with handicap-accessible and generation swings) and separate play areas for younger and older children. Bathrooms onsite, open April through October. In 2022, the Moorestown Rotary Charities will adopt this park.
JEFF YOUNG PARK (& NEW ALBANY RECREATION CENTER) is a designated Green Acres Park located at the corner of New Albany and Lenola Roads. This nine acre park is named for Sgt. Jeffrey Young - Charlie Co., BLT 1/8 2nd Marine Division (DOB: 7/25/61; DOD: 10/23/83). Sgt. Young was a member of the MHS Class of 1960. He was killed when a suicide terrorist from Iran took down the Battalion Landing Team Building in Beirut Lebanon in 1983. He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Cinnaminson, NJ. Sgt. Young was a Moorestown resident and his family continues to assist in the organization of the annual Memorial Day events in Moorestown.
This park boasts the New Albany Recreation Center with meeting rooms and restroom facilities. The playground has separate play areas for younger and older children and a handicap-accessible swing. The park’s surrounding fields attract local children daily and many sporting activities. The park has two softball fields and open space utilized as soccer fields in the fall. The lighted basketball court, two tennis courts (also lined for pickleball), and two dedicated pickleball courts are filled daily. Port-A-Pots onsite. Renovation of the tennis/pickleball courts was completed in the fall of 2021. This parks has been adopted by the Moorestown Rotary Breakfast Club.
JOHN PRYOR PARK is located at the corner of Salem and Hartford Roads and was formerly fruit orchards. This picturesque, 15 acre park was renamed after township resident Major John P. Pryor, MD (DOB: 1/23/66; DOD: 12/25/08). Major Pryor served with the 1st Medical Detachment Forward Surgical Team, Fort Totten, NY. He was on his second tour of Iraq with the Army Reserves when he perished in Mosul from the impact of mortar rounds near his living quarters. Pryor Park boasts two lighted baseball fields with synthetic turf infields and two grass soccer fields (11 v 11 lighted practice field and 8 v 8 game field). A playground, complete with handicap-accessible swing and two playground units for younger and older children is also located at the park. The park’s state of the art little league complex hosts tournaments, such as the U12 Cal Ripken State Tournament, and league games all year long. Bathrooms onsite, open April through November.
MAPLE DAWSON PARK is a designated Green Acres Park and a shining example of recreation at its finest. The park is located on the corner of Maple Avenue and Dawson Street and is always bustling with activity – from youth and adult pick-up basketball games and a summer youth basketball league on two courts to tennis lessons and friendly matches on its four courts. The park offers a playground complete with handicap accessible swing and picnic tables. The gentle stream that flows through the park connects to the Pompeston Creek and is always a point of interest. The open space of this park lends itself to a perfect picnic lunch or outing with friends. RECENT PARK IMPROVEMENTS - Tennis courts received new surface, posts and nets and are enclosed with a 10’ high vinyl coated chain link fence (black). The basketball courts received new surface, poles, backboards and nets. Bathrooms onsite, open April through October. Three benches are scheduled to be installed in this park in the fall of 2021. Concrete pads for the benches donated by the Moorestown Business Association.
MEMORIAL FIELD is aptly named for the multi-war Memorial that stands at the entryway. This is the site of the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Moorestown and a beautiful multi-sport facility tucked away off the beaten path. Located off of South Church Street, Memorial Field has a ¼ mile cinder running track which surrounds one of the park's three soccer fields. There are five baseball fields and one softball field in this generously wooded area that backs up to Strawbridge Lake Park. The lower four baseball fields are dedicated in memory of the following Vietnam Veterans who died in the line of duty: Howard Mayer, George S. Yohnnson, Roger A. Ross, and W. Phillip Seel Jr. Funding raising effort has allowed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be upgraded. A re-dedication will be held in the spring of 2022.
Cpl Howard Mayer - 5th Infantry Div. Served as Indirect Fire Infantryman. DOB: 9/2/47; DOD: 12/3/66. MHS Class of 1965. Attended Trenton Junior College. Killed in combat near the demilitarized zone. Remembered for his smile, sense of humor and kindness for others. Buried at Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, NJ.
Pfc George S. Yohnnson - 101 Airborne Div., 2nd Batt, 327 Infantry, C Company. DOB: 4/10/47; DOB: 7/12/66. Died during hostile action while in Quang Tri Province. Received 10 service commendations. Buried at Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, NJ.
WO 1 Roger A. Ross - DOB: 5/6/46; DOD: 12/24/68. MHS Class of 1964. Attended Drexel Institute of Technology before entering the Army in December 1967. He had only been in Vietnam for two weeks when he perished with four others in a plane accident aboard a 92AHC. Buried at Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, NJ.
HM2 W. Phillip Seel Jr. - Navy Corpsman with Golf Btry 3/12-12th Marines-3rd Marine Division. DOB: 10/3/46; DOD: 2/25/69. MHS Class of 1966. Died in action while stationed at Fire Support Base in Quang Tri Province. Was awarded the Silver Star. Seel Hall at the Philadelphia Naval Base is named in his honor. Buried at Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, NJ.
In 2013, the township received a $125,000 grant from the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program to refurbish the track at Memorial Field. (Bathrooms onsite open April 1st through October 31st. Spot-a-pots available year round).
NORTH CHURCH STREET RECREATION CENTER is located at 111 W. 2nd Street, across the parking lot from Town Hall and the Library. This three story building was constructed in the late 1930s and served as the town’s high school gymnasium and cafeteria until the new high school was constructed on Bridgeboro Road in the 1960s. A full-size gymnasium with six basketball nets is located on the 1st floor. The Department of Parks & Recreation’s administrative offices are on the 2nd floor. The third floor contains a game room, art room, and fully functioning commercial kitchen used for culinary classes.
WALTER T. MAAHS PARK is located at the corner of Lenola Road and Wilson Avenue. The park was named after life-time resident and World War II veteran, Walter T. Maahs. Walter was born on December 3, 1926. He grew up down the street from the park on Winthrop Ave. and started getting involved in volunteering in his early 20s. From when he first became involved in Moorestown government, Walter was focused on the recreational opportunities available to children living in the Lenola section of town. He believed in equal access for all. He concentrated his volunteer efforts in the Parks and Recreation Department, working to develop the tennis and basketball courts and ball fields in Lenola. His other passion was volunteerism. He felt a strong community was achieved by helping your neighbors and being an active contributor in Moorestown. He participated on numerous committees for the township and was a founding member of the Lenola Fire Company Emergency Unit. He served Station 313 for 63 years and was Captain for 14 years. Walter was also the mayor of Moorestown from 1988 to 1996. Walter T. Maahs Park is home to two little league baseball fields. The baseball fields have raised pitching mounds, soft toss areas, outfield fences, and two batting cages. Por April - October. In October 2021, the BBU Foundation donated funds to purchase a swing set complete with ADA, Generation, tot, and strap swings.
Howard Pearson Batting Cages at Walter Maahs Park - Howard Pearson lived in Moorestown most of his life and graduated from Moorestown High School in 1945. At Moorestown High School, he played three sports, but excelled in baseball. To this day, Howard still holds the highest batting average of any baseball player in Moorestown High School history - .565. Howard and his brother, Albert, played minor league baseball for the Phillies and coached baseball in Moorestown during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Besides, baseball, Howard's other passion was running. Esther, his wife, explained that is was not uncommon for Howard to frequently run from Moorestown to Mt. Holly and back. Howard worked as a salesman for Lance Bakery and Snacks for most of his career. Howard passed away in 1990. To keep his legacy alive in Moorestown, the batting cages at Walter Maahs Park were dedicated in his honor in the Spring of 1991.
WESLEY BISHOP PARK SPORTS COMPLEX is divided into the North and South parks. This 22 acre sports complex is named after Wesley Bishop, the first Moorestown casualty of World War II (DOB: 10/4/20; DOD: 12/7/41). Petty Officer Third Class Bishop served aboard the USS Arizona. He is memorialized at Tables of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial. Wesley Bishop South is home to 2 softball fields and flag football fields. Wesley Bishop North boasts 2 synthetic turf fields that are lined for field hockey, football, lacrosse and soccer in addition to the upper grass field which is accessible to all sports as well. The annual day-after-Thanksgiving flag football Charity is held on the turf fields. There are two street/roller hockey rinks as well as a 90’ baseball field and beautiful playground that overlooks the playing fields. All fields at this location are lighted. In 2014 the township received a $250,000 grant from the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program to renovate rink #1. Bathrooms onsite.