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The Toms River Field of Dreams Mission
Who We Are: The Toms River Field of Dreams (TRFOD) is a project with a mission to encourage and engage our communities (Monmouth and Ocean Counties), with a focus on those with special needs, in physical and social activity by building a community complex to provide opportunities for special needs individuals of all ages and abilities to engage, explore and socialize together.
What We Are Doing: The TRFOD has revitalized a 3.5-acre parcel of Bey Lea Park (North Bay Avenue) that is designed to benefit special needs individuals of all ages, abilities, and needs.
After a careful search, the site for the TRFOD was chosen at Bey Lea Park due to its central location within Toms River, accessibility to the Garden State Parkway, and the long-term commitment from the Township of Toms River. The complex consists of a basketball and bocce court, .33 miles of walking path lined with art murals from local artists, a state-of-the-art all-inclusive playground, 8 bathrooms with six special needs stalls and two changing tables, nine-hole miniature golf course, 5 community gardens, a baseball field, two thrive stations for use by physical therapists and their patients, a temperature-controlled pavilion with 4 power wheelchair chargers, and a quiet corner for those with sensory needs. The complex is open to special needs residents of surrounding towns, counties, and states.
The TRFOD provides engaging and interactive areas, events for music and art appreciation, organized leagues for special needs baseball and basketball, as well as quiet spaces for observation, reflection, and reorganization. Our hope is to increase awareness of our special needs community and provide an inclusive environment in which they can play and interact together.
Toms River and its surrounding communities will also benefit from being the only area in New Jersey with a complex specifically developed for special needs individuals. It will serve as a sustainable landmark and a significant accomplishment for the town.
In the News
NJ Monthly – July 2022 Article – Kid’s Field of Dreams
FoxNews – Field of Dreams Playground Focuses on Inclusion and Accessibility
Article in Summer Issue of RWJBH’s Healthy Together Magazine
MLB.com – Frazier helps Field of Dreams for special needs become reality
NJTVOnline – Watch Episode 21 featuring Toms River Field of Dreams
Watch RE/MAX Revolution’s January Episode featuring Toms River Field of Dreams