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Freeshade Community Center

Middlesex County is now offering Freeshade Community Center to the public for a minimal rental fee for events like family reunions, weddings, business meetings and other social engagements. We welcome you to enjoy the facility and continue its community use.


Freeshade Community Center began as Syringa High School’s auditorium circa 1936. Syringa High School closed in 1950 with the consolidation of secondary schools and the creation of Middlesex High School. The school continued to operate as Syringa Elementary School until 1962. The old Syringa High School was torn down in 1963, but the auditorium sat vacant until 1970, when community members bought the building and grounds to provide a community center for the Syringa-Topping area.

For almost 50 years, Freeshade Community Center served as a social gathering place for locals to get together for eating, dancing, listening to music and other festivities.

In November of 2015, the Freeshade Community Center members gave the property and building to Middlesex County to provide the maintenance and upkeep the facility requires.


View photos and additional information about the Freeshade Community Center.

Rental Information

Basic rental rates are $300 per day or $200 for 6 hours.  Please see the documents below regarding the Building and Grounds Policy/Rental Rates and the Rental Application and Contract.

Building and Grounds Policy and Rental Rates

Rental Application

For rental information and to check availability, please email