PARKS & RECREATION

Parks & Shade Tree

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.

Parks
The Division of Parks is responsible for the maintenance of all Village owned parkland, athletic facilities, planting of flowerbeds (in cooperation with Project Pride) and landscaping throughout the community. In addition, the division is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the Graydon Pool facility and grounds as well as all departmental special events throughout the year. 

Shade Tree
The Shade Tree Division is responsible for the maintenance and care of approximately 15, 000 Village owned street trees on 100 miles of public ways, as well as additional trees and shrubs in parks and on other public grounds. This includes all aspects, such as removal, planting, and pruning. The Shade Tree Division does a tree planting for Arbor Day, which is usually the last Friday in April. The division currently offers a memorial tree/bench program to honor the memory of a friend or family member.

Name Position Phone
Declan Madden Parks Supervisor 201-670-5565

News - Recreation

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SUMMER DAY CAMP

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Ridgewood Summer Day Camp will again offer a diversified program of swimming, arts and crafts, games, outdoor sports, special events, and trips for Village 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 27th, and ending on Friday, August 4, 2017.  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 their lunch and beverages.  The cost is $550 per child which includes optional bus transportation from local elementary schools.  All campers must also possess a 2017 Graydon Pool badge.   

Please find details by clicking on the Day Camp Parent Manual and be sure to share inportant information with your camper.

Camp registration and Graydon memberships will be available April 1st through Community Pass at www.ridgewoodnj.net/communitypass.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560.

 

MORE SUMMER CAMPS

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Join Ridgewood Parks and Recreation for summer camps that are fun, informative, creative, educational and challenging.  Find all program and registration details in the links below.

Tennis Instruction and Camps with All Pro Tennis - all ages 
PonyShare Petite Equestrian, Pony Grooming & Riding and an afternoon 1/2 Day Camp - Preschool to Teen
Multi-Sports (Elementary) with US Sports Institute
Sport Squirts (Preschool) with US Sports Institute
Arts and Crafts/Drawing with Mrs. C, Grades 2 to 8
Let's Go Camping Abrakadoodle Style, ages 4 through 10

Skateboarding Summer Camps - Grades 1 to 6
Golf Camps with Skyhawks, Grades 1 through 6
LEGO® Core Engineering with Play-Well TEKnologies, Grades K to 6
Full STEAM ahead! with Education Explorers, Grades K to 4
Lacrosse Mini Camp with US Sports Institute, ages 5 to 7

Register online via CommunityPass if applicable - www.ridgewoodnj.net/communitypass

Don't hesitate to contact the Recreation Office if you have any questions or if special accomodations are needed - 201-670-5560, weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

SPRING SESSION II CLASSES - MAY AND JUNE 2017

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

PRESCHOOL
My First Art with Abrakadoodle (with caregiver -Tuesdays)
Mini-Doodler with Abrakadoodle (Wednesdays)
Yoga Dance with The Joy of Motion (Thursdays)
Live, Love Music! with Preschool of Rock (Fridays)

ELEMENTARY
Creative Cooking with Education Explorers (Mondays)

Young Inventors with Explore Science (Tuesdays)  REVISED DATES - Now May 9 to June 13
After School Art with Mrs. C. (Acrylics and Drawing - Wednesdays)
Tech Titans with Education Explorers (Thursdays)
Artist Inspired Paint and Draw with Abrakadoodle (Thursdays)

Green Kids (Fridays)

ADULT
Adult Cooking with Annie's Artisanal Cookery (Mondays)

Adult Acrylics (Tuesday afternoons)
Adult Watercolors (Wednesdays)

Please watch for details on Adult/Senior classes to be held at the Community Center in May and June.

Register online via Community Pass (Visa/Mastercard) or in person/by mail to the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood (cash/check).  Please call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with any questions or if special accommodations are needed.

 

SPRING SESSION II - ADULTS AND SENIORS AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER

Join Ridgewood Parks and Recreation for the next session of classes to be held March and April at the Community Center.  Find details in the following link:

SPRING SESSION II - MAY AND JUNE           Registration Form

THE STABLE ART GALLERY - HOBBYISTS UNLIMITED PHOTOGRAPHY

Hobbyists Photo Show 

The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood NJ - May 2017           
Gallery Hours:   Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

During the year the Hobbyists Camera Club meets once a month in the Church Auditorium.  Each meeting usually covers photography subjects, photo management and editing on the computer.   Members also work on a variety of assignments - their submissions are presented and analyzed at the meeting.

Camera Club members will exhibit their work during the month of May at the Stable, 259 North Maple Ave., Ridgewood, weekdays, 8:30 - 4:30.  To celebrate this significant achievement, a reception, open to all, is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Twenty-six members will participate showing more than 100 photos in a variety of formats.

Photo Show Participants
Steve Basch
Giancarlo Bisone
Joe Burns
Bill Carbone
Dave Cobin
Ed Collins     
Lew Dickinson
Rich Edelman
Mel Flanzman
Tom Heed
James Hildreth
Lou Karcher
Ray Lambert
Bob Norelli
Dom Policano
Bill Raftery
Elliot Ratchik
Syd Robertson
Jack Rosenberg
Bob Sayegh
Jerry Schott
Michael Sheehan
Walter Staab
Jim Sutherland
Bert Taylor
Paul Woodburn

The winners of the Annual Photo Contest will be on display.
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Hobbyists Unlimited is an outreach organization of the First Presbyterian Church of Ridgewood whose purpose is to cultivate and expand hobbies of retired men by engaging in ethical, cultural, educational, and charitable activities as may be of interest to any significant segment of the membership.  It is non-profit and non-political.

KASSCHAU MEMORIAL SHELL - SUMMER SCHEDULE

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Enjoy music under the stars on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.  No fee.  Find details in the following link:
Kasschau Memorial Shell - 2017 Summer Schedule

HEALTHBARN USA

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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
 

SUMMER OFFERINGS

Garden to Table Summer Camp, ages 5 to 15
Summer Seedlings, ages 3 to 5

COMMUNITY GARDENS WITH RIDGEWOOD RECREATION

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For 20+ years the Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Department has offered a community garden in Maple Park for Village residents who wish to create vegetable/flower gardens and do not have the proper space at their home.  There are 32 plots, each 10 ft. x 12 ft., in Maple Park and last year 3 plots were added at Habernickel Park.  Gardeners from the prior year are offered plots first and once it is determined how many plots remain, residents are contacted in order of waitlisted requests.  The cost is $50 for each plot.  Please contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 to be placed on the current waitlist.

SPRING/SUMMER RACQUET SPORTS

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Ridgewood Parks and Recreation is pleased to offer the following programs:

Pickleball
Tennis with All Pro Tennis - May Session
Tennis with All Pro Tennis - Summer Instruction and Camps

Registration is available for all racquet sports.  Register in-person/by mail for All Pro Tennis to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 or call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with questions or if special accommodations are needed.  

PONYSHARE - PREK, ELEMENTARY AND SPECIAL NEEDS

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Ridgewood Parks and Recreation welcomes the return of PonyShare with programs to introduce safety on and around horses, grooming, riding skills, tack and harness, body language and more.  Sessions for preschool, elementary and special needs.  Some riding each session.  Click on the link below for all details.

PonyShare - Spring 2017 REVISED TIMES

Register online via CommunityPass or in-person/by mail to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. 

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

SPRING SPORT OFFERINGS WITH RECREATION

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Ridgewood Parks and Recreation is pleased to offer several sport introductions, promoting physical fitness and interest towards lifelong hobbies. Click on the links below for details.

Sport Squirts with U.S. Sports Institute 
T-Ball with U.S. Sports Institute 
Lacrosse with U.S. Sports Institute
Hoopster Tots with Skyhawk 
Golf with Skyhawks
Tennis with All Pro Tennis - Early Spring (April)
Tennis with All Pro Tennis - Session II (May)

Register online via CommunityPass or in-person/by mail to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
Call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with questions or if special accommodations are needed.

SKATEBOARDING INSTRUCTION

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Ridgewood Recreation will offer two sessions this spring on Tuesday afternoons.  Participants will learn skateboarding basics, safety and board maintenance.  Details in the link below.

Skateboard Spring Instruction

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 26 to August 4, 2017. 
Applications will be considered for experience, interests, and accomplishments.

Mail completed applications to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
2017 Seasonal Employment Application
2017 Waterfront Lifeguard Employment Application for Graydon Pool

STABLE USE FOR MEETINGS/EVENTS

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

VILLAGE "ADOPT A TREE" PROGRAM

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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.

Village "Adopt a Tree" Program

ATTENTION SENIORS - JOIN H.I.L.T. FOR 2017

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.

H.I.L.T. Membership Application
H.I.L.T. Schedule - January through June, 2017

 

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.

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