Sports play a key role in the society and as such, this activity has been a part of the humankind for ages now. There are multiple benefits to sports which make life easier for everyone, thus there is an ever-going campaign on engaging in sports ever since the primary school. Likewise, our vibrant town, Lakewood, has given its contribution into making sports part of the residents’ lives by offering the necessary facilities and spaces to cater different ages and interests. I mean, just think about it for a sec, wouldn’t it be great if the future best USNMT players be from Lakewood?
To keep up with the advancements in sports from other towns and cities, our town has invested and is willing to invest even more in sports and recreational activities. On today’s article we will present the opportunities that Lakewood offers for residents but also visitors regarding sports and recreation. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
1. Lakewood BlueClaws: Baseball at its Finest
The first and foremost sport that Lakewood identifies with is baseball, and this thanks to the baseball team BlueClaws which is amongst others, three times winner of “Single A” Minor League. Every season, from April to September, the club plays at the FirstEnergy Park, situated where Cedar Bridge Avenue (CR 528) and New Hampshire Avenue (CR 623) meet. The area can accommodate 6,588 spectators with room for up to 3,000 more on the grass.
All baseball aficionados can watch and cheer in the baseball matches as the tickets are sold at a reasonable and affordable price. This is a must-do, especially if you are travelling to Lakewood and have some free time on hands. So, come to FirstEnergy Park and enjoy the game but also witness some young promising talent which is always such a refreshing feeling.
2. Recreational Programs: A Way to Stay Active
For kids, adults, and families, Lakewood provides a complete calendar of recreational programs and special events throughout the year. This is particularly provided by the township to instill a desire for and encourage an active lifestyle for its inhabitants. The residents but also tourists can play in organized leagues for soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf and so on.
The coolest thing about these recreational programs is that it allows people of different ages to gather into one place and socialize through sports. So, families can go and challenge each other, or maybe high school friends organize a day when they can go and have friendly competitions, but also practice teamwork and engage in physical activity.
3. Lakewood High School Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence
The Lakewood High School is also contributing to this idea of engaging into sports with its athletics program which covers six teams: baseball, boys track & field, boys’ tennis, volleyball, girls’ track & field and softball. The teams have many matches either at home or as guests from April to the beginning of June. These gifted young athletes compete on behalf of the school in interscholastic events, boosting school spirit and offering thrilling sporting entertainment to the neighborhood.
4. Tee Time: Golfing Delights
Apart from the other sports that were mentioned above, tennis is also offered at Lakewood in the Lakewood Country Club, which is located at 145 Country Club Dr, Lakewood, NJ. The facility was established in 1896 and it has a space of 6,566 yards of golf. The course has 18 holes while tee times and prices differ from 30 to 70 dollars depending on the selected time. Depending on which tee time you select, there are 9 to 18 holes for 1 to 4 players in the field. The courses are offered for all expertise levels – from novice to avid golfers.
5. Parks, Lakes & Playgrounds
If you are not willing to engage in any sport that requires a lot of physical strength but are willing to go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air with a breathtaking view, then Lakewood has something in store for you as well. First off, we have the Lake Carasaljo which is a gem of Lakewood and is located on Route 9. There are different activities that you can do around the lake, including bicycling, picnicking, running, swimming and fishing. Then, there is the Ocean Country Park which is on Route 88 and in an area of 565 acres offers bike trails, playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts and others.
The dedication of the locals to sports and leisure pursuits is evident in Lakewood, New Jersey. Additionally, there is willingness from the township to invest in sports such as building indoor sports facilities. There are many possibilities to live an active lifestyle, watching and cheering BlueClaws baseball games, community sports initiatives, high school athletics, golf clubs, lakes, parks and playgrounds, all of which cater to different interests and ages. Anyone can find fulfillment in the wide range of sports and recreational opportunities that make Lakewood a wonderful place to live in.