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.
EARLY SPRING 2014 - MARCH AND APRIL SCHEDULE
Registration is now available 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.
You may register online 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, Mindful Meditation, Chinese Brush Painting, Toning, Jazzercise, Chair Yoga, Knit and Crochet, Yoga Fit and Bridge and Canasta.
Another new offering is the Lunch Box Film Festival to be held on the 3rd Thursday in March and April.
The Hobbyists Unlimited will return with Movie Classics once a month and their Pinochle Group on the 3rd Thursday of the 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.
THE STABLE ART GALLERY - MARCH EXHIBIT “From Above” – Blyth Yost, Works of Graphite, Ink and Watercolor
Through the artist’s statement, Ms. Yost explains “The landscape is essential to both my professional and artistic life. As a practicing landscape architect, I apply the technical rigidity of drafting to fantastical outdoor visions. The resulting paintings, although not representational, detail fictional landscapes in great detail lending them an air of reality.”
Her works of graphite, ink and watercolors will be on display at The Stable Art Gallery beginning March 3rd throughout the month, concluding on the 31st.
Originally from the mid-west, Blyth has lived and worked in New York and New Jersey since 2001. Upon graduating from Cornell University, she has practiced in the field of landscape architecture and now owns her own company, designing and installing residential and small commercial projects in the tri-state area. For a preview of her works, kindly visit her website at blytheyost.com.
An artist reception will be held on Sunday, March 31st, from 2 to 4 p.m. All are invited to attend.
The Stable Gallery is open weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information contact the Ridgewood Recreation Division Office at 201-670-5560.
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 $8 is requested (all funding will benefit the refurbishment of the Community Center).
6th Grade - Friday, April 4th, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
7th/8th Grades - Friday, April 11th, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
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.
Adult chaperones are always welcome. Kindly call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 if able to volunteer.
GREEN KIDS WORKSHOPS
"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:
U.S. SPORTS INSTITUTE PRESCHOOL OFFERINGS
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.
TENNIS - YOUTH AND ADULT INSTRUCTION
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.
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.
KIDSAFE SELF-DEFENSE KARATE AND SAFETY AWARENESS 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.
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) - SKATING IS PERMITTED
King's Pond (Lakeview Drive) - NO SKATING ALLOWED
Graydon Pool (corner N. Maple and Linwood) - NO SKATING ALLOWED
Habernickel Pond (Hillcrest Road) - NO SKATING ALLOWED
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.
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 Jody Schleicher for more information.
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 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.
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.