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Readers' Choice: Lake Horicon Voted Favorite Park

Where do you go to enjoy the beauty of nature in our area?

Update: The votes are in and locals have selected in Lakehurst as their favorite outdoor spot. Harry Wright Lake in Whiting came in a close second.

Thanks for voting and look for our next poll starting on Monday!

With spring just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about heading outside. Fortunately, Manchester and Lakehurst have plenty of great places enjoy the fresh air. 

Whether you're playing sports, looking for a scenic spot to take a walk or a quiet space for reflection, chances are there's a place in Manchester or Lakehurst for that.

As we did last week with , we want to know what your choice is for the parks in our area. Where do you go to fill your lungs with fresh air and take in the sun after being stuck inside all winter or even after a long work week?

Voting for your favorite places is easy. All you have to do is:

  • Cast your ballot below.
  • Tell your friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, doctors, letter carriers and anyone else you know to do the same.
  • Use our comment tool to tell us what makes your favorite the best. Is it what the park offers, or lacks? Is it the environment it provides? Maybe just the place you've always visited.

The poll is open until 9 a.m. Friday and the winner will be announced at noon that day. A tie would be decided by which park has the most positive comments and reviews on their Patch Places page. 

Every vote counts, so make sure you vote for your favorite and tell us what makes it the best!

Editor's Note: Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

J. "Brown" March 05, 2012 at 03:07 PM
IN OCEAN COUNTY ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN MY OPINION TO SEE NATURE AND A BIT OF HISTORY WOULD BE THE CROSSLEY PRESERVE IN BERKLEY TWP. ACCESSIBLE FROM RT.530 AND ALSO HOLIDAY CITY AT THE DEAD END OF WHITMORE AND ZEELAND. GREAT PLACE TO SEE THE HISTORY OF CLAY MINING IN THE PINE BARRENS AND TO TAKE A WALK ON A NICE DAY.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) March 09, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I never knew that existed. I will have to check it out.
Mark Wendell March 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM
There is good parks near us, but not in Manchester or Lakehurst. Manchester only seems to take care of the parks the senior population use. Fressola sent a letter years ago when they tried to put the water park at 6th street saying they will remove the park if the problems continued. So no extra police or security we will let the few bad apples effect the rest of the ones who are good. The little league has been kicked off the holly oaks parks field becase Renisance seniors showed up and they werent even nice about it. There is not much for our kids. When mine were young I had to dive to one of Lakewood's parks or Castle park in Toms River.
JerseyShore374 March 20, 2012 at 05:16 AM
None of the above. I grew up in Manchester and now raise my kids in Manchester and I prefer to drive them to Riverwood Park, Castle Park or even all the way out to Cattus Island Park. Growing up in Manchester, all of us kids preferred playing in the woods, in front of Wawa or Cumberland Farms or in the numerous homes in Pine Lake under construction in the late 70s-80s. Much preferred to walking in goose feces all over Pine Lake.
Billabong March 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I'm with JerseyShore - other than the water park, Pine Lake is pretty much useless. Goose droppings and a lake in which the Toxic Avenger wouldn't swim - no thanks. Sometimes we'll take a drive over the bridge and hit some of the small playgrounds right on the bay. But Manchester doesn't offer much in the way of fun parks for kids.

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