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.
ICE SKATING IN THE VILLAGE
The Department of Parks and Recreation checks the thickness of the ice everyday. The most recent ice tests indicate:
Twinney Pond (Red Birch Court) - NO SKATING ALLOWED
King's Pond (Lakeview Drive) - NO SKATING ALLOWED
Graydon Pool (corner N. Maple and Linwood) - SKATING IS PERMITTED
Habernickel Pond (Hillcrest Road) - SKATING IS PERMITTED
Please check back to this site for additional updates, or you may call the Stable at 201-670-5560 during business hours, weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
EARLY SPRING CLASSES - March and April
Registration has begun for the next session to begin in March. 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.
Registration is ongoing for all classes listed above at Community Pass
ADULT/SENIOR PROGRAMS AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER
Registration is now available for the next session of adult programs at the Community Center. Returning favorites include Zumba, Silver Strength and Motion, Chinese Brush Painting, Toning, Jazzercise, Knit and Crochet, Yoga Fit, No Aches/No Pains - Arthritis Class, Men's Fitness, Learn to Crochet and Bridge and Canasta.
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.
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.
CHILDREN'S SHOW - RAZZMEDOODLE Tuesday, March 31st, 11:30 am, The Anne Zusy Youth Center, Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood.
Presented by Galapagos Puppet Theater, the show includes audience participation and sing-a-longs.
Come enjoy the story of Razz, a bird with stunning colors. She really stands out, and the other birds nearby have unkind feelings toward her. Trying to rid the neighborhood of such a distraction, the neighborhood birds urge Razz to fly off to the warmer tropics.
Razz does just that and has some wonderful experiences along the way. When she returns to her home she finds that both she and the other birds have changed. Her old neighbors actually missed the brightness and color she added every day to their lives. Now they can all be seen flying together.
Geared for PreK and young elementary students, admission is $5 for all attending (under 2 free). As seating is limited, it is suggested advance purchase be made either online at Community Pass or in person at The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For additional information, or if special accommodations are needed, kindly contact the Recreation office at 201-670-5560.
CHILDREN'S SHOW - MAD ABOUT MAMMALS Wednesday, April 1st, 1 p.m. at the Anne Zusy Youth Center, Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. Geared for grades K-5.
Presented by Lorrimer Sanctuary Director and NJ Audubon Naturalist Patrick Scheuer, participants will learn about the mammals that live right here in New Jersey, from beavers that swim to bats that fly. They will learn about migration, hibernation and how the animals survived winter. This educational, hands-on presentation includes pelts, skins, skulls and artifacts.
Admission is $5 for all attending (under 2 free). As seating is limited, it is suggested advance purchase be made either online at Community Pass or in person at The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For additional information, or if special accommodations are needed, kindly contact the Recreation office at 201-670-5560.
SPRING RECESS - MINI CAMPS Upcycle and Accessory Extravaganza with Fashion Camp NJ - Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31, 9:30 am t 12:30 pm each day, at the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood.
Grades 3-5 are invited to this fun fashion camp. Participants are asked to bring an old pair of jeans to be transformed to a favorite pair of shorts. In addition, each child will receive a blank t-shirt to create their own unique design with patches, stencils, beaded necklines, fabric and lace. They will also choose to make either an accessory bag, cuff bracelet or beaded necklace or bracelet. Parents will be asked to arrive early the end of day two for a fashion show complete with each child's musical choice and own written description of their innovative creations. $110 - Bring a pair of old jeans, all other materials provided.
Aviation and Rocketry with Hobby Quest - Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 and 2, 9 am to 12 noon each day, at the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood.
Grades 1-5 are invited to find the aviator inside themselves, building models from scratch and flying them outdoors if weather permits. They will learn to read plans, make necessary calculations and work with hobby tools. They will discover the importance of each part: the wings, rudder, elevator and fuselage, as well as learn about famous aviators and their inventions. $85, includes all materials.
Register online at Community Pass or in person/by mail to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telephone 201-670-5560. Download the registration forms in the links provided above.
U.S. SPORTS INSTITUTE PRESCHOOL OFFERINGS
Spring Sport Squirts (Tuesdays) and T-Ball (Thursdays) are offered in a safe, structured environment with particular focus on hand/eye coordination, movement, balance, special awareness and good sportsmanship. **New offering includes a Parent and Me Squirts for ages 2 and 3.
You may click on the following link for program details and to print and mail the registration form to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
GOLF - Spring Instruction with TGA - **Now includes PreK offering
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. All equipment is provided.
Online registration is preferred at Community Pass. Contact the Recreation Office if assistance with registration is needed, 201-670-5560.
TENNIS - YOUTH AND ADULT INSTRUCTION **New PreK sessions added
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.
To purchase your tennis membership online visit Community Pass. Your receipt will serve as proof of payment until badges are available.
SPRING SKATEBOARDING, Grades 2 and up
The session offers 6 weeks of instruction on Tuesdays, at the Skatepark, 259 North Maple Avenue (adjacent to the Stable), beginning May 5. Classes for Grades 2-6 will be from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., classes for Grades 7 and up will be from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.The cost is $90 (non-residents $100). Participants must bring thier board, helmet and knee pads.
Co-sponsored by Underground Skateshop of Ridgewood, lessons will stress safety, learning to ride, knowing your board and some basic tricks.
Register online at Community Pass or in person/by mail to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telephone 201-670-5560.
KIDSAFE SELF-DEFENSE KARATE AND SAFETY AWARENESS Registration for the Winter 2015 session will be held on Tuesday, January 13th, 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 a 9-week session. The cost is $82.00. 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.
THE STABLE ART GALLERY - FEBRUARY EXHIBIT The Stable Art Gallery presents “Art x’s 2”, mixed media by Lou Spina and Joyce Levine
Artists Lou Spina and Joyce Levine will display their talents together in the Stable Art Gallery in an exhibit entitled “Art x’s 2”, March 3rd through March 31st. The Stable Art Gallery, located at 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, is open for viewing weekdays between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm or by appointment, 201-670-5560.
Lou Spina, a local artist and Washington Township resident, incorporates a variety of subjects including human and animal portraits, conceptual art, cityscapes, still life and landscape paintings into this exhibit. Several of Spina’s pieces have won awards including AAPL’s 83rd Grand National Exhibition, Frank C. Write Medal of Honor, several Bergen County Senior Juried Art Show first prize awards in oil painting and drawing, the National Arts Program Mt. Sinai Hospital third place award in oil painting, Pascack Art Association Members Show, Best in Show award twice and a couple of honorable mention and high achievement awards. He is an active member of the local art community, serving as vice president of the Pascack Art Association, a board member of the Art Center of Northern NJ and a board member of the American Artists Professional League. Learn more about Lou Spina at www.louspina.com.
Joyce Levine, also a resident of Washington Township, will be exhibiting her collection of oil paintings, watercolors and pastels throughout the month of March. Ms. Levine has been painting for many years and is well known for her realistic art. Her pastel “The Jester” is part of the permanent collection of the Bergen Museum of Art and Sciences. She has painted many portraits of notables, including judges and business executives. She is a member of the American Artists Professional League, a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society, the Pascack Art Association and the Ridgewood Camera Club. Many of her paintings are in private collections in the United States and abroad. For more information about Joyce Levine, please visit www.joyzart.big.
SUMMER DAY CAMP - PLANNING INFORMATION
Summer Day Camp 2015 information is as follows:
The six-week program is available to Ridgewood residents only, Grades 1 through 6.
Dates-Tuesday, June 30 through Friday, August 7, 2015
Time-Monday through Friday, 9 am to 1:30 pm
Cost - $525 per child for camp registration and all children must possess a Graydon badge; an additional cost of $110.
Registration will begin April 1st and more details will follow.
SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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 29 to August 7, 2015.
Applications will be considered for experience, interests, and accomplishments.
Mail completed applications to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
SPRING MIDDLE SCHOOL MIXERS
Sponsored by Ridgewood Parks and Recreation, the Bergen County Municipal Alliance Grant and the NJ Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, students from Village middle schools can come together to enjoy music, dancing, refreshments and fun at the Annie Zusy Youth Center. A donation of $10 is requested (all funding will benefit the refurbishment of the Community Center).
6th Grade - Friday, April 17, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
7th/8th Grades - Friday, April 24, 7:30 to 9:30 pm (revised date)
The Annie Zusy Youth Center is located on the ground level of Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue. Parents must drop off and pick up children in the rear lot of Village Hall by the Community Center entrance.
Kindly call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with questions or if special accommodations are needed.
THE NJ MAYOR'S WELLNESS CAMPAIGN
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.
ATTENTION SENIORS - JOIN H.I.L.T. 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 Deanna Schablik for more information.
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.
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.
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.