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PLAYS-IN-THE-PARK

Middlesex County's Plays-in-the-Park is a unique partnership that represents 40 years of unparalleled government initiative, artistic excellence and community spirit. Thirty-four years ago, a small group of devoted community theater volunteers enthusiastically sought a place to produce plays during the summer months. They contacted the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in the hope of finding financial support for their endeavors.

Although funds did not exist for the construction of a new theater building, there was money budgeted for a storage shed. A creative compromise was reached, allowing the shed to be used as a theater in the summer and for storage in the winter. A tree-lined grove in Roosevelt Park was chosen as the site and Plays-in-the-Park officially opened in 1963. Popularity grew, and eventually the shed became a permanent home with the addition of a scenic shop and dressing rooms. Attendance soared and by the mid-1970's more than 150,000 people came to the free theater each year, making Plays-in-the-Park an important part of Summer in Middlesex County.

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KIDS-IN-THE-PARK

Plays-in-the-Park's proud offspring, Kids-in-the-Park, will once again be offered to Elementary School children, ages 8 through 11. This innovative summer theater workshop features music, dance, theater games, mime, clowning and creative dramatics taught by professional children's theater specialists. The fee for this program is $40 per student. Participants have a choice of one of three 2-week sessions held at the William Warren Park mini-theater in Woodbridge/Perth Amboy. Session #1 is offered July 9-20; Session # 2 is offered July 23 - August 3; Session #3 is offered August 7-18. Applications may be obtained by calling 732-745-3936 or 732-745-4484 or by clicking on the link below.

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SPORT FACILITIES

You may not be aware of it, but many Middlesex County municipalities use the athletic fields and courts of our County parks to conduct their summer sports programs. In providing these sites for their use, we are able to extend the opportunity to participate in organized sports to the largest possible number of our County's residents.

If you are interested in finding out what team sports programs are available through your municipality, please call your local recreation department.

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