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.

Contacts - Recreation

  • Deanna Schablik
    Recreation Program Coordinator


    Phone: 201-670-5560

  • Katie Frey
    Recreation Supervisor


    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


News - Recreation

Program Registrations

The Parks & Recreation Department is happy to announce its Fall Programs for 2021. Registration for these programs will open on Monday, August 9th.  Registration closes 1 week prior to the class program start date.  All programs carry a $15 non resident fee. The Parks & Recreation Department policy does not allow refunds for any program once it has begun. Those who withdraw from a program between registration and 7 business days prior will receive a refund minus a 15% administrative fee.  Those who withdraw less then 7 business days before the program will receieve a refund minus a 20% administrative fee.  The department is not permitted to prorate, however if a participant is forced to leave a program due to injury or illness, a prorated amount will be refunded once a medical note is received. 

Registration can be done on Community Pass  New members must create an account.  The account should be created for the head of the household and then additional family members should be added.  Birthdates must be listed for each additional family member to show eligibility for programs.  Please make sure that accounts are up to date with correct emergency contacts (someone outside the household), phone numbers, medical conditions/food allergies, and that emails are correct and receiving our email blast for the most up to date information.

Once accounts are made, programs can be found in the Village Parks & Recreation line.  Click the orange Register Now button to be taken to the program catalog.

Once you've hit Register Now, you will be taken to our catalog of programs.  You can search by clicking family memebrs and it will show the eligibility for each person or click Show Sessions to see the classes offered for each program.  Class sessions will show you the dates, times, locations and availability.  Please make sure to click any red exclamation points because they show information about the class (descriptions, materials & supplies, etc). If a program is available, add to your cart and continue browsing.  If a program is full, click add to waitlist, (those on the waitlist do not pay for programs until they are released from the list). Once your cart is full, you can hit the checkout tab.  Here you will be asked to fill out program registrations forms and finally submit payment. If you have any difficulties, the staff at the Stable will be happy to assist you (201) 670-5560. 

Upcoming Programs

Pre-School & Elementary Programs

(For more information, click the program title to see its flyer)

Ready, Set, Go! with Abrakadoodle- Ages 2-4 (with guardian participation)                                                           STEAM Dreams with Abrakadoodle- Ages 4-7     

Storytime Yoga Dance with the Joy of Motion- Ages 3-5                                                                                          Rubberband STEAM with Education Explorers- Grades K-4

                                             Secrets of Magic with Magician Joe Fischer- Grades K-4                                                                                                          Musical Munchkins- 2 year olds                                                                                                                         


Adult Classes at the Stable

Watercolors with Dorrie

Make & Take Nutritious Meals with HealthBarn‚Äč


Single Day Camps & Special Events

Multi Sport Camp with TGA (September 16, November 3, or November 5) Grades K-8                                                           Magic Show with Joe Fischer (November 3) All ages

Papertrails (November 3) Grades 2-5                                                                                                              "The Mystery of the Missing Band" Music Show (November 4) Ages 4-12

Snakes & Scales Reptile Show (November 5) All ages

Children's Wreath Workshop





COVID 19 Update

           The Parks & Recreation Department has established preventative measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in its programs and facilities. Staff are undertaking every effort to keep facilities clean, our patrons socially distanced, and individual instructors must meet our standards but may add additional precautions to their programs. Program participants and park patrons should be aware that by participating in any passive or active recreational activity they are increasing their risk. Please understand that program offerings, facility operations and park use may not resemble those of the past as we continue to follow the CDC Guidance for Administrators in Parks & Recreation Facilities directives, our Village administrators and the NJ Governor's office.          
Wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times.

We understand the recreational needs of the community and will continue to work for you.

Adaptive Recreation Programs

The Ridgewood Recreation Department has been awarded a "Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities" (ROID) through the NJ Department of Community Affairs for a 3rd year in a row.  In an effort to develop more opportunities for these individuals we have developed an 8 month program that will touch on all areas of interest.  This new program will be about "Learning and Exploring through Adapted Programming" (LEAP).  Each month will have a focus topic and each week a new lesson or experience.  

Registration is required so that we have emergency contact information, can send updates and email blasts, and have a list of allergies, medical issues, or any accommodations needed to keep our participants safe. Registration will be $40 a month, on a month to month basis.  This will allow for participants to register for the individual months that interest them.  

Classes are held on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 pm at the Stable unless otherwise noted.

These programs are intended for ages 12-24.  Parents and/or aides are welcome to join and/or watch.  Registrants are asked to list any accommodations needed on the registration page or contact the recreation department.  

For questions or concerns call the Recreation Office at the Stable, 201-670-5560 or email



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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Enjoy free musical performances under the stars, Tuesdays and Thursdays, throughout the summer at the Kasschau Memorial Shell at Veteran's Field (located behind the Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue). All shows at 8:30-9:45pm. No fee to attend. Bathrooms are available. 2022 schdule to be announced at a later date. Follow the Kasschau Shell on Facebook, Instagram and Group shot @KasschauMemorialShell


Vintage clip art antique pocket watch the graphics fairy clipartcow

2021 exhibits:     

August-Penny Polakoff (Photography)             September-Larry Horowitz (Photography)                               

October-Anne Winner & Ridgewood Community School Students (Oils & Acrylics)

November-Stacy Lack (Mixed Media)              December-Gary McConnell/Sherry Frank (Mixed Media-Photos & Words)

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, 

Please call 201-670-5560 for details.


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



For 30+ 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 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.


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 select Tuesdays, from 1 to 3 pm

Facility Rentals

Stable 2016 Photo by Glenn Hefferan cropped

The Stable and other Recreation facilities are available for private meetings, parties, and other use. Contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 for details and availability. Please note that due to the COVID pandemic and current guidelines, not all requests may be honored. 

Stable Use Request Forms



 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


Job Openings
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: Staff attendance is mandatory for the full season,  as well as pre-season 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 Application - Waterfront
Background Investigation Waiver

Working Papers (for those under 18 years of age only) must be filled out by the Recreation Dept before school signs. Once school signs a copy should be submitted to us
Federal W-4
NJ W-4
Federal I-9 (with required identification documentation - see last page)
Payroll Direct Deposit Authorization

No staff will be hired unless all of these forms are submitted in full (this includes returning staff). 


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