With warmer weather on the horizon, the Hopewell Township Recreation Department’s goal this spring and summer is to bring our community together with the refreshment of the mind, body, and spirit through play.

Recreation creates happiness and builds structure, empowerment, and friendships, which we all need and crave in these challe

nging times. The Recreation Department has included many new programs, camps and events this year, so there is something for all of our residents to participate in, whether you are 3 or 93 or anywhere in between.

The Hopewell Recreation Department, along with Senior Services, will be celebrating Older Americans Month this May by hosting outdoor, in person, entertainment at Woolsey Park for our senior citizen population. On May 5, we are looking forward to a concert featuring the instrumental and vocal talents of students from our area schools.

On May 20, international magician extraordinaire Will Fern will perform his magic show that will amaze you and leave you wanting more.

We are also offering our adult and senior population opportunities to participate this spring in some wonderful local trips and walking tours through the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Institute and historic Hopewell Borough! Be sure to register in a timely manner, since they are popular and fill up quickly.

The Recreation Department is hoping to bring back our popular community trips this fall, so stay tuned.

Families can join us on Saturday, May 15, at Woolsey Park, for some fresh air and “good ol’ fashioned” fun, from noon to 2 p.m., as Hopewell Township Recreation celebrates “Kids to Park Day!” This is a national event to celebrate outdoor play while connecting kids and families with their local parks.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council will be joining us, offering a craft project for children ages 5 through 12.

Later that same day, we will be partnering with Hopewell Valley Baseball and Softball Association to host the MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run event. This free event will take place at the Municipal Athletic Complex. All boys and girls ages 7-14 are encouraged to come out and participate.

In June, Soap Box Derby racing is coming to the Hopewell Valley. The event is fun for the whole family even though there is only one seat in the car.

Children ages 7 to 19 can register, and no experience is necessary. Come out to cheer on our young racecar drivers at the Hopewell Township Municipal Complex.

In the summer of 2020, we introduced Movies in the Park with great success. For 2021 we will be expanding our family nights to also include Concerts in the Park. Keep your Wednesday evenings in July and August open and be sure to register for these exciting events, held at Woolsey Park.

Hopewell Recreation has seven brand new summer programs, which include Pre-K Camp offerings as well as half day Rec Camp in the Park for children in upcoming grades 1-6. We are happy to offer our teen artists Nature Sketch Camp, so they can continue to explore their art potential throughout the summer months.

Our well known and ever popular sport camps are returning, so be sure to register early.

All camps will be held outside and locations vary. Details regarding camps and registration information is available on the Recreation website. There is a camp or program for every child to enjoy and benefit from with Hopewell Recreation.

All Hopewell Township Recreation programs and events are open to Hopewell Township residents as well as our neighboring communities. We will follow the most up-to-date CDC and New Jersey Department of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants.

We are very excited to celebrate 2021 with promises of better things to come as we stay patient and positive in the days ahead. Regardless of what this year has in store for us, Hopewell Recreation will be here for you and your family’s recreational needs.

Remember, we are “Hopewell Strong,” and there is no doubt that we will shine as the sun clears, the clouds part, and we live our lives eclipsing where we were yesterday.

Please call our office at (609) 737-3753 with any questions and visit our website to sign up for Recreation Email Blasts so you can be the first to know about the fabulous events and activities rolling out of the Hopewell Recreation Department.

Karin Poveromo is the Hopewell Township director of recreation. This content provided by Hopewell Township.