SUMMERFEST RETURNS TO WINDWARD BEACH THIS JULY

For the first time since 1994, there were no SummerFest concerts at Windward Beach in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council are excited to announce that the SummerFest Concert Series presented by Pine Belt Motors will RETURN in July. This year’s series features four great concerts – each followed by fireworks – as well as a number of family-friendly events.

“We are thrilled that SummerFest will be returning to Windward Beach Park this July. It is one more step in the journey back to normal,” said Mayor Ducey. “While we were disappointed that last year’s series was cancelled, we all know it was the right thing in light of the crisis we were in. Now, we are ready to make up for lost time and have the best SummerFest yet!”

Brick Township’s SummerFest 2021 presented by Pine Belt Motors will kick-off on Thursday, July 1 with a concert by Super Trans Am. This will be their first appearance at SummerFest. Super Trans Am will be playing all of your favorite arena anthems and chart-topping radio hits of the 1970’s from artists such as Eagles, Hall & Oates, Queen, the Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, KISS, Boston, Journey and more!

On Thursday, July 8, the Amish Outlaws will make their return to the SummerFest stage. The Outlaws became a SummerFest crowd favorite through their energetic performances. The Amish Outlaws perform an eclectic mix of music and the crowd is always guessing what will come next.

The Nerds – America’s Rock & Roll Fun-omenon – will rock the SummerFest stage on July 15. The Nerds have been together since 1985 and have played all over North America. When you attend a Nerds show, you will enjoy an experience of sheer entertainment with what critics call the best cover band in the world.

The SummerFest 2021 Concert Series concludes on July 22 with a Tribute to the 80’s and 90’s. This show will feature two sets – one with 80’s Nite and the best hits of the 1980’s and one featuring Nine Deeez Nite – the Nation’s #1 90’s Tribute Show. Check it out to see which decade’s music is the champ!

SummerFest concerts are held at Windward Beach Park and begin at approximately 7pm. Fireworks will follow each concert.

A food court is open during concerts and features a variety of foods. There is also a beer and wine garden for guests over the age of 21. A valid ID is required to enter the beer and wine garden.

As with previous SummerFests, a complimentary shuttle bus service will be available for all concerts. Shuttle buses will run from 5pm until 8pm from Brick Township High School, Drum Point Elementary School, Veterans Memorial Middle School and Brick Memorial High School. Return trips from Windward Beach begin at 9pm and continue until all guests are returned to their pick-up locations.

Shuttle bus patrons will be required to comply with state requirements in place at the time of the concerts regarding masks and social distancing.

Anyone planning on attending SummerFest 2021 concerts are encouraged to utilize the shuttle bus service as parking at Windward Beach is limited and fills up quickly. Using the shuttle bus service helps alleviate traffic congestion on Princeton Avenue.

“We expect this year’s SummerFest to be one of – if not the – best attended yet,” said Mayor Ducey. “Everyone is ready to get out of the house and have fun and we expect large crowds.”

In addition to the concerts, SummerFest 2021 will feature several family-friendly events. These events are:

  • August 5 – SummerFest Car Show hosted by the Time Capsule Cruisers
  • August 6 – Drive-In Movie featuring Back to the Future
  • August 13 – Drive-In Movie featuring Abominable
  • August 20 – Drive-In Movie featuring The Avengers
  • August 27 – Drive-In Movie featuring Tom and Jerry

The Car Show begins at 6pm. The food court will be open during the car show.

Drive-In Movies begin at dusk.

The Township’s media partner for SummerFest is Townsquare Media of Monmouth and Ocean, home of some of the most popular radio stations in New Jersey.  Townsquare Media Jersey Shore’s radio stations include 94.3 The Point, 92.7 WOBM, 105.7 The Hawk and Beach Radio 104.1FM.

SummerFest would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors including our presenting sponsor Pine Belt Cars. Additional sponsors are MRC Recreation, CME Associates, Nanina’s in the Park, NJR Home Services and more. Townsquare Media Monmouth-Ocean County is the official media partner of SummerFest.

TOWNSHIP WINS AWARD FOR BAYSIDE PARK

Township of Brick was presented the Excellence in Design Award for Bayside Park in Multi Use Facility at the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) Annual Awards Ceremony at the Summit Family Aquatic Center in Summit, NJ.  Mayor John G. Ducey was present on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 to accept this award.

The Excellence in Design Awards are presented to completed Recreation and Park facilities intended for public use.  Selections are made based on evidence of elements of aesthetic quality, uniqueness of design, usability and versatility and compliance with the New Jersey Barrier Free Recreation Sub-Code and applicable U.S.  Consumer Product Safety Commission Guidelines.

Bayside Park is located on the Barnegat Bay. In 2012, Bayside Park experienced extensive damage from Super Storm Sandy. Following Sandy, it was used as a staging and recovery area for beach replenishment projects. This delayed the project a few years. Once the project was finally underway, it was further delayed by the COVID 19 pandemic as the shipping of equipment needed for the work was delayed and piecemealed instead of all arriving at once. The pandemic created the need to careful project oversight and inventory management to make sure that it went over flawlessly. The renovation of Bayside Park, which was funded through the Township’s Capital Improvement Program, in and of itself is incredibly unique as it is one of the only municipally owned parks at the Jersey shore to have a park setting on the water.

Upon its completion, the long-anticipated renovation of Bayside Park has been well-received by the community and allowed it to be restored to its pre-Sandy glory. Bayside Park now offers a variety of recreational opportunities that appeal to all ages such as playgrounds, bait stations, cornhole games and more. It also offers a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the sights of the Jersey Shore.

The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting parks and recreation; enhancing the professional development of its members; advocating sound policy and stewardship related to parks, recreation, resource management, and leisure services; and increasing awareness of the value of play and preservation of the environment to interested citizens and the public.

The purpose of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association’s Awards Program is to honor and identify dedicated leaders, employees, and volunteers in the field of Parks and Recreation, and to recognize the State’s outstanding Recreation and Park agencies for excellence in programming, publicity and facility design. The goal of the Awards Program is to focus State attention on the achievement of Park and Recreation agencies, to recognize the continuing efforts of staff and volunteers, and to acknowledge support extended by member agencies.

BRICK BEACH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE AT RECREATION OFFICE

The Recreation Department is selling hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts, tank tops and magnets featuring graphics for Brick Beaches 1 and 3.

Hooded sweatshirts are $30, t-shirts are $15, tank tops are $10 and magnets are $5. The clothing is available in adult sizes small through XXL and youth sizes small through large.

Items are only available at the Recreation Office, 270 Chambers Bridge Road. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 4pm. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

For more information call 732-262-4622.