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

  • 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

Adaptive Recreation Programs

The following programs were designed to instruct participants on basic life skills such as: cooking, socialization, gardening, fitness, hygiene, and more. These classes are held at the Gate House at Habernickel Park and taught in partnership with HealthBarn USA. These programs are free of charge thanks to funding through the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Recreation Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities. 

"Garden to Oven Baking" Workshop-Grades 4-8. Monday November 9, 5-6:30 pm.

Culinary and Wellness Skills for Young Adults-Ages 17-23. Thursdays, September 10-December 10 (no classes November 5 or 19) *Updated Dates*




Teacher's Convention Events


 "Paint Your Own" Ceramics Workshop

 Join us Tuesday, November 3 to paint your own ceramic pieces.  Participants will be painting a snowman in anticipation for the winter weather.  Each workshop is $30/person and includes all materials.  The workshop will be held at the Stable. 






 Come share our passion for reptiles, from alligators to turtles to snakes and more! Children in grades K-5 come join us (with an adult) on Thursday, November 5th for shows at 10:30 am or 1pm in the Anne Zusy Youth Center at Village Hall.  Admission is $5 for all attending, pre-purchase tickets on Community Pass or at The Stable.




Spend a magical afternoon Magician Joe Fischer as he sowcase his skills on Friday, November 6. Shows are at 11am and 1pm in the Anne Zusy Youth Center in Village Hall.  Admission is $5 for all attending (adult supervision is required). Pre-purchase tickets on Community Pass or at the Stable.




Golf Camp with TGA

 Campers have the choice to join TGA for one or two days of golf camp. Sessions are on Thursday, November 5th and/or Friday November 6th from 9 am-12 pm at Veteran's Field (corner of Maple and Linwood). All equipment provided to help young golfers work on their stance, swing and putt.  $55/day for residents $65 for non residents. Both days $110 (residents). Available for grades 1-6.

BLAST OFF on a Space Adventure with Abrakadoodle

Explore space, stars and the galaxy while creating cool art like slime or galaxy jars and paint an out of this world masterpiece. Friday November 6th at the Stable. Ages 4-6 yeard from 9:30am-11:30am Ages 6-10 years from 2 pm- 4 pm. $65 (residents)







2020 Fall II Programs


Join Ridgewood Parks and Recreation for returning favorites with all new projects.  Find our offerings listed by age and click on each link for program details.


My First Art with Abrakadoodle    (Monday mornings)                                                            


Secrets of Magic with Joe Fischer  (Monday afternoons) 

Mini Doodler's "World Art"    (Friday afternoons)   

Extreme S.T.E.A.M  Weather with Education Explorers  (Wednesday afternoons)

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. 


COVID 19 Update

            While we as a village are making every effort to slow the spread of COVID 19 and reduce the impact it is having
on our residents and health care system; we are also continuing to monitor this evolving public health situation and modify
the municipal services provided to our community.

            As the late summer and early fall season approach, the Parks and Recreation Department
is continuing its plan to provide the Village with quality programs, safe, clean parks and facilities. Understand that
these offerings, the facility operations and park use may not resemble those of past as we follow the CDC Guidance for
Administrators in Parks & Recreation Facilities directives and the NJ Governor’s office.

 Staff are undertaking every effort to keep facilities clean and our patrons socially distanced, individual instructors must meet our standards but may add additional precautions to their programs. Participants should be aware that by participating they are increasing their risk.         

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.

Click here for Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Court Guidelines due to Covid 19 (Reopening of Courts) *Note Doubles now allowed

                                  Click here for player tips and recommendations from USTA (United States Tennis Association) for playing tennis safely during Covid 19.  



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).  Programs include a Simon and Garfunkel tribute band, Rock and Soul, Classic Oldies, Calypso, Reggae, Jazz, Country Western, Refugee - Tom Petty Tribute Band, Lou Gallo's children's show, Swing, Popular Gospel and so much more.  No fee to attend.
Check Back for the 2021 Schedule!


Vintage clip art antique pocket watch the graphics fairy clipartcow

Upcoming exhibits: 

October-The Blue Field Artists-Lisa D'Amico (painting & photography)

November-Jim Nonas (collage)

December-Agnes Collis (oil)  

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.
2020 Community Garden - Maple Parks East and Irene Habernickel Family Park (The gathering with neighboring gardeners has been cancelled for Tuesday, May 12th)


Bee Box

Beekeeping Within The Village
An Introduction to Beekeeping - For New Beekeepers - **NEWEST DATE** Sunday, April 19th Please check back for new date.


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


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



 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 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


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