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.
SUMMER DAY CAMP
Again this year, the Ridgewood Summer Day Camp will offer a diversified program of swimming, 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, June 30th, and ending on Friday, August 7, 2015. 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/purchase* lunch and 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 2015 Parent Manual (link below) and share this important information with your child.
*New this year, healthy sack lunches can be purchased with delivery to camp from the Water's Edge Café, Graydon Pool. Provide your child's lunch with ease - see order form attached which you can just download and complete. Additional options include call-in and email.
If you have questions or if special accommodations are needed, please contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560.
MORE SUMMER OFFERINGS - CAMPS/PROGRAMS
Ridgewood Parks and Recreation is pleased to offer a wide variety of new and exciting summer mini-camps/programs. Details can be found in the following links provided:
Register online at Community Pass or by mail or in person; The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue.
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.
THE GREAT RIDGEWOOD DUCK DERBY Saturday, July 11th (rain date is 7/12), from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m, at the Graydon Pool
Co-sponsored by "Come Alive Outside", Jacobsen Landscape Design and Construction and Ridgewood Parks and Recreation, this initiative strives to promote outdoor fun and family time. Make you duck unique at the duck-or-ation station, enjoy musical entertainment, a sand sculpture contest, beach games, a sack picnic lunch (bring a blanket) all concluding with the exciting duck races down the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook. The cost is $10 per erson ($20 non-residents) which includes a picnic sack lunch ticket and one rubber duck. So, on your mark, get set, let's go!
Register online at Community Pass (under Graydon Pool) or in person or by mail to The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
THE STABLE ART GALLERY - JUNE EXHIBIT “The Artistic Giraffe” by Stephanie O'Connor
Artist Stephanie O’Connor's art and style are greatly influenced by Spanish Surrealism and Cubism artists, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. She likes how the Cubist style views and depicts objects and life in abstract form. She also likes how the Surrealist style is a juxa position of incongruous images which create a dream like vision.
In a brief statement she shares “My artwork and artistic style is like a Cuban cigar, one of a kind. My instrument of choice is the paintbrush and I play with colors like Liberace on the piano. I do not go searching for inspiration. Inspiration TKO’s me right in the face with all it has to give. My inspirations scream to me their desire to be heard, to be known and to be expressed.”
Painting, sculptures, logos, murals, drawings and body art O’Connor does it all, as her imagination runs wild, and so does her art. The artist uses a variety of mediums such as paint, clay, pencil, pen and ink, and henna to create a work of art for the audience.
The vocal and vibrant pieces will be an exhibit at The Stable Art Gallery June 3rd- 30th. The gallery is located at 259 N. Maple Avenue and is open weekdays 8:30am -4:30pm or by appointment.
An Artist Reception is planned for Saturday June 6th. Between the hours of 7 to 9 pm. Friends, family and the community are welcome to attend.
For further information kindly contact the Recreation office, 201-670-5560.
KASSCHAU MEMORIAL SHELL
Enjoy free concerts under the stars, every Tuesday and Thursday evening, beginning Thursday, June 4th. Concerts feature Jazz, Calypso, Opera, Broadway Tunes, Swing, Country Western, Rock'n Roll and more.
The Kasschau Shell is located in Veteran's Field, east of Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue. Download and print the schedule by clicking on the following link:
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.