Open Space Committee

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Meetings

  • 7 pm
  • 3rd Thursday of every month
  • In-Person at the Lester Stable

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

  • Ralph Currey, Chair
  • James Bostler, Secretary
  • Oleg Rivkin, Member
  • Nancy Bigos, Member - Village Staff Member
    Phone: 201-670-5500, ext. 3110
  • Frances Barto, Member - Planning Board Liaison
  • Robert Lasky, Member - Fields Committee Liaison
  • Pamela Perron, Member - Village Council Liaison
  • David Sayles, Member - Parks and Recreation Conservation Board Liaison

Overview

Did you know that open spaces (and especially green open spaces) have a strong impact on suburban economies? Open space enhances the value of nearby property and makes the community more attractive overall as a place to live and work. Our vision, therefore, is to ensure that Ridgewood achieves the right balance between a vibrant economy, recreational areas, and preservation of our ecological resources, history, and cultural assets.

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Goals of the Open Space Program

  • Identify properties the Village of Ridgewood may acquire or maintain as open space and advise the Village Council as to necessary funding
  • Assist and advise the Planning Board in preparing the Open Space and Recreation Plan as it relates to the Village Master Plan
  • Encourage the public's understanding as to why open space is important and to build support within Ridgewood organizations for an Open Space Preservation Program
  • Make recommendations consistent with the Municipal Open Space, Recreation, Floodplain Protection, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Act, NJ.S.A. 40:12-15.1 et seq. and the purposes of the original Village Ordinance Number 2773; and
  • Coordinate with similar committees in neighboring communities.

A Brief History

In November 2001, Ridgewood residents voted to approve a supplemental real estate tax of 1/2 of one cent per $100 of assessed property value ($40 a year for the average home) to fund the preservation and acquisition of open space in the Village. The Ridgewood Village Council created the Open Space, Recreation, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Committee in January 2002, which has been instrumental in the acquisition of active and passive recreational areas for residents, e.g., Habernickel Family Park, the Schedler property, and the expansion of Citizens' Park. The Open Space Committee continues to monitor properties and address funding in pursuit of its mission.