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Parks & Recreation Department - Division of Recreation
General Information

Location: The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday
Contact Information:Timothy J. Cronin, Director of Parks and Recreation
Nancy A. Bigos, Deputy Director
Jody Schleicher, Recreation Supervisor
Marge Anderson, Administrative Clerk


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The mission statement of the Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation is to preserve open space and provide facilities and year round recreational activities that meet the needs of all residents.
Department News

Registration is now available for the next session to begin in MaY. Listed below you will find offerings in order from pre-school to adults. All classes will be held at the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, unless otherwise noted.

You may click on any of the links for program details and to print the registration form which can be submitted in person or by mail (cash or check only). At the end of the listing you will find a link to Community Pass which allows online registration for all in this list (Visa/Mastercard payments only). Don't hesitate to call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with any questions or if special accommodations are needed.

Ages 3-5 - Garden Arts for Kids (Mondays)

Ages 20-42 months - My First Art Class with Abrakadoodle (Tuesdays)

PreK, Mini Doodler with Abrakadoodle (Wednesdays)

PreK, Happy Feet - Introduction to Dance (Wednesdays)

Grades K-2, Nature in the Village (Thursdays)

Grades K-3, Smartycat Kids Junior Scientists (Mondays)

Grades 1-4, Young Inventors with Explore Science Inc. (Tuesdays)

Grades 1-4, The Art of Illustration with Abrakadoodle (Thursdays)

Grades 2-6, Acrylics (Tuesdays) or Drawing (Wednesdays)

Adult Acrylics (Tuesday afternoons or Thursday evenings)

Adult Watercolors (Wednesday mornings)

You may register online for all classes listed above at Community Pass
Registration is now available for the next session of adult programs at the Community Center. Returning favorites include Zumba, Silver Strength and Motion, Mindful Meditation, Chinese Brush Painting, Toning, Jazzercise, Chair Yoga, Knit and Crochet, Yoga Fit and Bridge and Canasta.

New offerings include a day of fishing, golf instruction classes and Learn to Crochet. The Hobbyists Unlimited will return with Movie Classics once a month.

Registration is by mail or in person at the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, weekdays, 8:30 to 4:30 pm.

Adult Programs - May and June 2014

Adult/Senior Registration Form

If you have any questions, need special accommodations, or have suggestions for new classes, please don't hesitate to call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560.
Ridgewood’s Hobbyists Unlimited Camera Club

The Ridgewood Hobbyists Unlimited Camera Club will have a photography exhibition at the Stable Art Gallery during the month of April. It will be their fourth in the past three years.

Members participating include Giancarlo Bisone, Joe Burns, Bill Carbone, Ed Collins, Lew Dickinson, Mike Doherty, Rich Edelman, Mel Flanzman, Al Gensch, Tom Heed, Ray Lambert, John Locke, Bob Norelli, Dom Policano, Elliot Ratchik, Jack Rosenberg, Bob Sayegh, Mike Wilkie and Jeff Siese will also have some of his woodcarving work on display.

The 2013 Photo Contest was open to entries from all the Camera Club Members. The subject of this contest was YOUR BEST 2013 PHOTO. Twenty-four members entered the contest submitting a total of forty-six photos. All Hobbyists were asked via email to vote on their favorite Photo. After tallying 115 votes these were the contest winners:
    Category A
  • First Prize Bob Norelli
  • Second Prize Bob Norelli
  • Third Prize Anonymous
    Category B
  • First Prize Al Gensch
  • Second Prize Ed Collins
  • Third Prize Dom Policano
These pictures will be exhibited at the Exhibition. A reception for Hobbyists and friends will be held on Thursday, April 3, 5:00 – 7:00.

The Stable Gallery, located at 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, is open for viewing weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. For further information please contact the Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 or visit the Recreation homepage on
Click on the following link to find all that Graydon Pool has to offer.

Graydon Pool homepage
Again this year, the Ridgewood Summer Day Camp will offer a diversified program of arts and crafts, games, outdoor sports, special events, and trips for children entering grades 1 through 6.

The six week program will be conducted weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, July 1, and ending on Friday, August 8, 2014. Activities will be held on the grounds of the Stable, The Community Center, Maple Park, Veteran's Field, Graydon Pool and Leuning Park. Children are to bring a brown bag lunch and chilled beverages. The cost per child is $525 which includes optional transportation.

Transportation details, weather related policies, and much more can be found in our Parent Manual. Please download the 2014 Parent Manual (link below) and share this important information with your child.

2014 Parent Manual

Register online for Summer Day Camp at Community Pass. The registration deadline is Monday, June 16. Late registrations will be waitlisted pending available space.

Campers must also possess a 2014 Graydon Pool badge. Details are available on the Graydon Pool Homepage.

If you have questions or if special accommodations are needed, please contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560.
Village residents are invited to join Councilwoman Gwenn Hauck each month for an opportunity to meet, share a provided light lunch, and participate in an activity. It is Mrs. Hauck's desire to become familiar with residents, learn of their experiences living in the community, and increase awareness and use of the Village Community Center.

The group will meet the following Thursdays:
  • April 3rd, 12 noon, Pat Mancuso Senior Lounge, Village Hall, 131 North Maple Ave - "Discover Ridgewood's Wildscapes"
  • May 1st, 12 noon, Anne Zusy Youth Lounge, Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue - "North Jersey English Country Dancers".
There is no fee to attend but pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided by private donation.

Seniors in need of transportation may reserve space on the senior bus or receive taxi coupon information by calling Village Hall reception at 201-670-5500, ext. 203. If you have any other questions, please contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560.
"Green Kids" is a youth club for students in grades 3 to 5 who want to explore and discover nature, science, gardening, art, birding, weather, recycling, the environment and our senses.

Spring workshops vary with projects, presentations and instruction. For details please click on the registration form link that follows:

Green Kids Spring 2014 Workshops ~ Details/Registration Form

You may also register online at Community Pass.
The U.S. Sports Institute returns this spring with fun sport introductions for ages 3 to 5. All programs are offered in a safe, structured environment with particular focus on hand/eye coordination, movement, balance and special awareness.
  • Sport Squirts, ages 3-5, is offered on Tuesdays, for 7 weeks beginning April 22nd. Choose from four one-hour time slots.
  • T-Ball, ages 3-5, is offered on Thursdays for 7 weeks beginning April 24th. Choose from four one-hour time slots.
Comfortable clothing is necessary and participants are encouraged to bring bottled water.

You may click on the following links to download, print and mail the registration form to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

US Sports Squirt Classes ~ Registration/Details

US Sports T-Ball Classes ~ Registration/Details

To register online visit Community Pass
All Pro Tennis, under the instruction of world ranked tennis professional Barry Ruback, will offer group instruction for all levels from beginner to advanced. Emphasis is on fundamentals, exercise and fun.

Registration can be made in person or by mail to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Ave. Download the registration form below.

Spring Tennis Instruction ~ Registration/Details

Spring Session II Tennis Instruction ~ Registration/Details

Spring Tennis Instruction for Seniors ~ Registration/Details

Information - Tennis Badges and Rules

To purchase your tennis membership online visit Community Pass. Your receipt will serve as proof of payment until badges are available.
GOLF - Spring Classes for Youth
TGA Premier Junior Golf offers kid-friendly instructors who help students develop golf skills, get active and build self confidence as they advance through a five level program.

Classes will be held at Habernickel Family Park, 1035 Hillcrest Road, for a six-week session beginning April 28th as follows:
  • Grades K-2, Mondays, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Grades 3-5, Mondays, 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Makeups will be announced as needed. All equipment is provided.

The cost is $120 per session. Non-residents may register if space allows; an additional $10 fee will apply.

Register online at Community Pass or you may print and mail the registration form to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

Spring Youth Golf with TGA ~ Registration/Details
Registration for the Spring 2014 session will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Community Center, Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood

This program, for boys and girls age 5 to 15, is designed to enhance self-esteem, self-discipline and safety awareness! Students are placed into classes according to age and ability. This is an ongoing program.

Classes will be held at Community Center, Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue on Tuesdays after school for an 8-week session. The cost is $74.00. Uniforms are highly recommended and are not included in the registration fee. Click on details below. Call KidSafe at 973-284-5650 for more information.

Kidsafe Details
You may notice a new look to our brochures. There is a pinwheel logo that marks some of our programs. What does this mean?

The Mayor's Wellness Campaign is a statewide initiative to invite Mayors to play a leadership role in supporting opportunities to promote active, healthy lifestyles with long-term goals to include a reduction in health care costs for all. The Village community will strongly support this initiative and everywhere you see the logo, you will know the benefits of each marked program are many. Come be a part of it all.
Come see what you have been missing!

H.I.L.T. (Highlights in Leisure Time) is a senior's club sponsored by Ridgewood Parks and Recreation, for Village residents 55 and older. Monthly meetings offer entertainment or informational presentations. Special events include picnics, socials and a variety of trips to dinner theaters, museums, historical sights and sightseeing tours. Annual dues are $15.

Call 201-670-5560 to speak to Jody Schleicher for more information.

H.I.L.T. Membership Application

H.I.L.T. Schedule, January through June, 2014
The Stable is available for private meetings and parties. Contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 for details and availability.

Stable Use Request Forms
Applications are being sought for the many summer positions available with the Parks and Recreation Department including Day Camp Administrators, Day Camp Counselors, Graydon Pool Lifeguards, Security Attendants, and Badge Sale Attendants. Concession Attendant applications will be shared with the Water's Edge vendor. NOTE: Day Camp staff attendance is mandatory for the full six week program, June 30 to August 8, 2014.

Applications will be considered for experience, interests, and accomplishments.

Mail completed applications to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

2014 Seasonal Employment Application

2014 Waterfront Lifeguard Employment Application for Graydon Pool

The Art Gallery at the Stable
There are monthly Art Exhibitions in the Gallery featuring local artists at the Stable throughout the year, 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Village offers a wide range of youth sport activities. Please refer to individual websites for details.
There are sixteen tennis courts located throughout the Village of Ridgewood. Lessons are also offered through the spring summer and fall months for children and adults alike.
The Community Center
The Community Center at Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue offers a youth lounge and a senior lounge. Scheduled hours are available for both.
Community Gardens
The Community Gardens, a horticultural gardening program open to all residents of the Village, provides as an opportunity to grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Individual 10' by 12' gardening plots are assigned for participation in America's number 1 hobby...gardening.
Parks, Recreation & Conservation Board
The Parks, Recreation & Conservation Board was created by the Village Council in April of 1973 to serve as an advisory body to the Council, Village Manager, and Director of Parks and Recreation, on facilities, programs and planning for parks, recreation and conservation.
Open Space Committee
The Village of Ridgewood voted and passed a supplemental real estate tax in November of 2001 and the Village Council subsequently appointed a nine-member committee. The goal of Ridgewood's Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) is to augment Village facilities in such a way that present and future generations will continue to benefit from parks, open space and naturals surroundings contributing to the health of and enjoyment of all citizens.
Project Pride
The Project Pride committee consists of Ridgewood residents who work to preserve and beautify Ridgewood's public area. Members and volunteers maintain the flower baskets and holiday kissing balls that hang on the street light poles, and plant and maintain the tree wells and the flower planters downtown.
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131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07451 | (201) 670-5500