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

  • Nancy A. Bigos
    Director of Parks and Recreation


    Phone: 201-670-5500, ext. 3110

  • Katie Frey
    Recreation Supervisor


    Phone: 201-670-5500, ext. 3111

  • Mary Hefferan
    Office Assistant


    Phone: 201-670-5500, ext. 3113

  • Deanna Schablik
    Recreation Program Coordinator


    Phone: 201-670-5500, ext. 3116


Monday to Friday

259 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 670-5500, ext. 5520


News - Recreation

Upcoming Programs







                                 TEACHERS CONVENTION-NOVEMBER 10                   


                                 Downtown for the Holidays- December 2     


          Give a Gift, Holiday Donations for those in need- November 28-December 14

During the holiday season, Ridgewood Parks and Recreation welcomes donations of toys, clothing and food which will all be appreciated and shared with friends and neighbors in need.  Please help fill our holiday tree with scarves, mittens, gloves, hats, socks, children’s pajamas, etc. All donations will benefit the Center for Hope and Safety, Rochelle Park, NJ. For a complete list of gifts for children, teens, and adults in need please see below.  All donations of clothing, toys, and food will be accepted through Wednesday, December 14th, weekdays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Stable.



                                   Holiday Workshops- December 10  


        December Break Workshops 

The LEAP program started with the assistance of the "Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Diasbilities" grant in an effort to adapt the programs offered by the Recreation Department to fit the needs of all individuals.  Each month spotlights a new topic and introduces particpants to a skill or knowledge they may not have tried or had access to. Past classes have focused on art, music, pickleball, skateboarding, cooking, Community Service, gardening, swim instruction, and junior lifeguarding.  





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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Program Registrations On Community Pass

 Registration for all programs can be completed on Community Pass . 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. 


2022 exhibits:     

November-"Springboard", Mixed Media-Artist Group, Reception on November 13, 2:00-4:00pm

December-"40 Years of Parks & Recreation at the Stable", Photographs, Sketches, Paintings, and Memorabilia

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 Office Assistant: Mary Hefferan 

Please call 201-670-5560 for details.


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. Follow the Kasschau Shell on Facebook, Instagram, Group shot @KasschauMemorialShell or refer to our website for most up-to-date schedule, which includes rain locations.

2023 Schedule To Be Announced!!!


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       Training


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


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.  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.



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 or call 201-670-5565.


Click Here to download the "Adopt-a-Tree Application"

Click here for a List of Approved Tree Species



Facility Rentals

Stable 2016 Photo by Glenn Hefferan cropped

The Stable and other Recreation facilities are available for private meetings, birthdays, parties,  scout meetings, and other use.

Contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 for details and availability.

Please note that not all requests may be honored. 

Stable Use Request Forms

Fall Field Schedule

Click on the "Schedule" to open in another tab for clearer viewing 




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 of February).  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 

A copy of a valid social security card is required.

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

Deadline for Summer Employment is May 15th, 2023


If you have any trouble with accessing information contained within this website, please contact the MIS Department - 201-670-5500 x2222 or by email