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


  • Katie Frey
    Recreation Supervisor


  • Mary Hefferan
    Office Assistant


  • Nancy A. Bigos
    Director of Parks and Recreation



Monday to Friday

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


News - Recreation


The Parks & Recreation Department is happy to announce that Summer Day Camp will return this year.  While there may still be some changes to the camp, we can confirm that it will run from Tuesday, June 29-Friday, August 6 from 9 am-1:30 pm with the exception of days when it rains and camp is cancelled.  Campers will be placed in groups with a 20:2 ratio or less.  Summer Camp will still consist of organized games, arts & crafts, and swim time at Graydon Pool. 

All campers must be in possession of a Graydon membership. Graydon memberships are being sold at a discounted rate until April 30.

At this time, all campers will be asked to wear a mask (and have an extra) for instances when social distancing cannot be achieved, walking from facility to facility, entering the Graydon facility, and for any indoor locations.  Masks will not have to be worn when outdoors in the heat, during physical activity, and when in the water.

In 2021, due to Covid, transportation busing will not be available this year.  Instead, campers will be dropped off at either Maple Park or Graydon Pool South locations prior to camp to process through a mandatory Covid check-in.  In addition, we will not be bringing campers to swim lessons at the end of camp.  All campers will be dismissed to their guardian.  Further details on drop off and dismissal assignments and policies and procedures will be outlined in the Camper Parent’s Manual for distribution when updated.

Registration will begin on April 26 and close June 15. A $50 late fee will be added to all registrations after June 16.  Waitlist will be enacted once capacity is hit.  If space becomes available, campers will be released from the waitlist and payment will be due at that point.  All non-residents will be wait-listed to give residents priority.  If state guidance allows, and space is available, non-resident campers will be accepted.

Registration for the Graydon Summer Day Camp can be found on Community Pass, ( under the heading “Village of Ridgewood Summer Day Camp” next to the Summer Day Camp icon.

August Mini Camps will also open registration on April 26.  This registration will remain open until camp is full or a week before camp begins.  Wait lists will be activated once maximum capacity is hit.  Non-residents may register if space allows and an additional $10 fee will apply.

A complete list of camps with camp descriptions can be found in the attached document, on the recreation webpage and Community Pass Registration page.

Registration for these camps can be found on Community Pass under the heading “Village Parks & Recreation” next to the icon of children playing outside.

When registering on Community Pass (, you must click the orange tab that says “Register Now” for the program you are looking for. 






























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 starting in May.

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. Programs include a Billy Joel tribute band, Rock N Roll, Classic Oldies, Swing, Jazz, Country Western and so much more. Follow the Kasschau Shell on Facebook, Instagram and Group shot @KasschauMemorialShell

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Vintage clip art antique pocket watch the graphics fairy clipartcow

2021 exhibits:     

May-Daniel Weispfenning & Andrea Williams (Digital Photography & Oils)             June-Noelle Kokoletsos-Spec Wired (Oil, Watercolor and Conte Crayons) 

July- Catherine Copeland                                                                                             August-Penny Polakoff             

September-WBMH-Frances L. Picone (Drawings & Paintings)                                  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: Day Camp staff attendance is mandatory for the full six week program, June 28 to August 6, 2021 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 Application - Waterfront
Background Investigation Waiver

Those hired will be required to submit the following mandadory forms:
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


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