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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.

Contact - Recreation

  • Marge Anderson
    Assistant Recreation Superintendent


    Phone: 201-670-5560

  • Mary Hefferan
    Office Assistant


    Phone: 201-670-5560

  • Nancy A. Bigos
    Director of Parks and Recreation


    Phone: 201-670-5560


Monday to Friday

259 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ  07450
(201) 670-5560


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BOOKMARK" this Recreation homepage in your computer favorites for easy access to current program information, registration forms, and upcoming special events. DIRECTIONS TO THE STABLE 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.

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Philadelphia Flower logo 2020

Join Ridgewood Parks and Recreation as we travel to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to enjoy the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show entitled "Riviera Holiday".  The show invites you to embrace the extraoridnary plant palette of some of the world's most captivating coastal regions that are like no other.  Come enjoy this beautiful event. 

Tuesday, March 3rd
$70 per person (includes admission to the show and coach bus transportation).  Lunch is on your own.
The bus will depart Graydon Pool parking lot at 8 am and return approximately 5:30 pm.

Register online at CommunityPass, (Visa/MasterCard), or in person/by mail to the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 (cash/check).  Our registration flyer can be downloaded in the link below.

Philadelphia Flower Show - Tuesday, March 3, 2020


Registration has begun for the next session to begin in March.  Offerings are listed in order of preschool through adult.  Please click the links below for program details/printable registration form.   

Storytime and Planting Adventure with HealthBarn USA  (Monday mornings)
Garden Arts Picasso Half-Pints  (Mondays)
My First Art with Abrakadoodle (Tuesday mornings)
Spring into S.T.E.A.M. with Education Explorers  (Tuesday afternoons)
Yoga Dance with Joy of Motion  (Wednesdays)
Abrakadoodle's Mini Doodler Art with HeART  (Fridays)

Super Mash Up 2.0 with Explore Science   (Mondays)
Garden Arts Picasso Half-Pints   (Mondays)
Acrylics and Drawing with Mrs. C.   (Tuesdays)

Spring into S.T.E.A.M. with Education Explorers  (Wednesdays)
Secrets of Magic with Joe Fischer   (Thursdays)
Green Kids Nature Club  (Thursdays)

Fly Fishing 101 (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Teen Chefs in Training with HealthBarn USA (Wednesdays) 

Nutrition 101 with HealthBarn USA  (Monday mornings)
Acrylics with Sandi Chanoch  (Tuesdays)
Watercolors with Dorrie Rifkin  (Wednesday afternoons)
All-Inclusive Culinary and Wellness Skills for Young Adults  (Thursday evenings)                                                    

Register online via Community Pass (Visa/Mastercard) or in person/by mail to the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood (cash/check).  Non-residents may join all programs, an additional $10 fee will apply.  Please call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with any questions or if special accommodations are needed. 


Bee Honey Buckets

An Introduction to Beekeeping - For New Beekeepers - Sunday, March 8



Please take a look at the offerings for different ages we will provide during school recess dates in March and April.  Find all details in the links provided below:

Springfest Celebration - March 27
Grades K-5
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Habernickel Park Gatehouse, 1057 Hillcrest Road
$55 fee   (non-residents $65)
This fun-filled, award-winning program, held at the Gatehouse at Habernickel Park with HealthBarn USA, will have participants enjoying field games, a nature hike, scavenger hunt, and more. The morning completes with a whole-wheat pizza lunch the children will prepare themselves to cook in the brick oven.  Rain or shine!

Multi-Sports Camp with TGA Premier Sports - April 6 through 9
Grades 1-7
Monday through Thursday, August 6 to 9  (Saturday, April 11 will be for make up if needed)
Half-Day   9 am to 12 pm       $145  (non-residents $155)
Full-Day   9 am to 3 pm          $170  (non-residents $180)
Maple Park check-in (activities will be held at Maple Park, Leuning Park, Graydon Pool and the Hockey Rink)
Bring Nut-free snacks/lunch and beverage

This is the third year we will offer this fun camp to include eight sports:  tennis, lacrosse, flag football, floor hockey, golf, cheerleading, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.  All sports will offer instruction, games and exciting activities to help all players develop their skills and passions for favorite sports in a safe and supportive environment.  Once registered participants can schedule each day around sports of their choice.

Crime Scene Investigation Education - April 8th
Grades 7-12
Wednesday, April 8 - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (7 hours)
The Stable and surrounding areas
259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood
$100 includes all materials  (non-residents $110)
Bring a NUT-free lunch and beverage
Dress for the weather!
National CSI Camp returns with a one-day classroom and mock crime scene to give students the opportunity to learn how to collect evidence using up-to-date techniques and methodologies to solve a crime.  They will acquire general problem solving skills and learn how physics, geometry, triangles, algebraic math and science disciplines all are used in the process. 

Red Cross Babysitter's Training Certification - April 9
Ages 11 to 15 years old
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 8:30 am to 3 pm (6 hour course)
The Pat Mancuso Senior Lounge, Village Hall
131 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood
$115  (non-residents $125) - includes all
This certification class provides training in many aspects of childcare:  performing first aid, learning diapering and feeding techniques, handling bedtime issues, choosing safe and age-appropriate toys, tips on interviewing and more.  Each participant will receive the American Red Cross Babysitter's Training Handbook, and easy to carry Emergency Reference Guide and a training CD that provides help in creating a resume and organizing babysitting jobs, along with a printable activity book of games, crafts and songs.

Register for all listed offerings online at CommunityPass, (under Village Parks and Recreation) or in person/by mail to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood NJ 07450.

Please contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with questions or if special accommodations are needed. 


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Ridgewood Summer Day Camp 2020
6 weeks - Tuesday, June 30 through Friday, August 7
Weekdays 9 am to 1:30 pm

Our outdoor adventure camp is for children in grades 1 through 6.  Campers enjoy swimming, organized games, arts and crafts, optional trips, special events and so much more. Activities will be held on the grounds of the Stable, the Community Center, Maple Park, Veteran's Field, Graydon Pool and Leuning Park.

The cost per resident child is $600, per non-resident child $850, which includes optional transportation from several elementary and both middle school bus stops within the Village. Campers must also possess a 2020 Graydon Pool membership – resident child $120, non-resident child $195.  Children are to bring lunch and beverages.

Registration will be open from April 1 through June 15, 2020.  After June 15th a $50 late fee will be charged if registration is approved.

Please find important information in the 2020 Summer Day Camp Parent Manual.

Please check back for more details as we prepare for the summer season.


The Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the opportunity to hire and train young adults and adults for seasonal employment during the spring and summer months in various positions.  Applicants should be at least 16 years of age.  Returning staff are given first consideration and new applicants will be called as positions are available (beginning mid-March).  All will be considered for experience, interests, and accomplishments.  

Positions include Day Camp Administrators and Counselors, Graydon Pool Lifeguards, Security Attendants, and Badge Sale Attendants. Concession Attendant applications will be shared with the awarded Water's Edge vendor.  NOTE: Day Camp staff attendance is mandatory for the full six week program, June 30 to August 7, 2020 as well as pre-camp trainings. 

For consideration, please mail a completed seasonal application and background investigation waiver (both linked below) to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.  Accompanying resumes are suggested. 
Seasonal Application - Day Camp, Graydon Pool
Seasonal Applicaiton - Waterfront 2020
Background Investigation Waiver

Those hired will be required to submit the following mandadory forms:
Working Papers (for those under 18 years of age only)
Federal W-4
NJ W-4
Federal I-9 (with required identification documentation - see last page)
Payroll Direct Deposit Authorization




HealthBarn Logo

Ridgewood Parks and Recreation welcomes HealthBarn USA to Habernickel Family Park, 1057 Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood.  Children and grown-ups enjoy healthy-lifestyle educational programs which include growing, harvesting and cooking with fresh, natural foods from an organic teaching garden.  Registration has begun for the next session of programs being offered through the Village Recreation Department by HealthBarnUSA.  Click on the links below for program details and registration.

Seedlings, ages 3 to 5
Sprouts, ages 5 to 7                      
Harvesters, ages 8 to 12
Master Chefs, ages 12 and up
Holiday Break Camps
Summer Camp
Scout & Community Field Trip
Chef Table Workshops


Come, relax and browse through the many garden books in the Women Gardeners of Ridgewood Resource Room at the Habernickel Family Park Gate House (2nd floor), 1057 Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood.

The Resource Room will be open to the public on the following select Tuesdays, from 1 to 3 pm:
2019  - September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
2020  - January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9


Stable 2016 Photo by Glenn Hefferan cropped

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


Upcoming exhibits:
     January:   Pastel Society of New Jersey
     February:  Emily Beezley, oils and mixed media
     March:  Ridgewood Camera Club, photograpy

Artists who wish to have their artwork displayed at the Stable Art Gallery, 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood may reach out for consideration.  Exhibits change monthly and include mixed media, photography, oils and acrylics, watercolors, drawings, textiles, and more. 

The cost to exhibit is $50 (resident), $75 (non-resident).  Art receptions are available for those who wish to invite family and friends to celebrate - the cost is $200 for a two-hour window.  Artists are required to sign a release waiver, and are asked to provide a title, a statement for the media, a personal artist biography, and the number of pieces planned for the exhibit.  Details of each display are covered in local news media, the Village website and seasonal departmental newsletters.

Kindly submit your interest, including examples, by email to Director Nancy Bigos, 

Some months remain available in 2019 - please call 201-670-5560 for details.



 In order to maintain the tree canopy of the Village, the Shade Tree Commission offers a new "Adopt a Tree" program in addition to limited replacements offered annually in the Parks and Shade Tree budget.  Please find details in the link below.

Click Here to download the "Adopt-a-Tree Application"

Click here for a List of Approved Tree Species


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.


If you have any trouble with accessing information contained within this website, please contact Dylan Hansen - 201-670-5500 x276 or by email