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

Spring 2021

Spring into Fun with these activities being offered through the Parks & Recreation Department. Programs will be held in outdoor classrooms or on zoom.  Programs held in outdoor spaces will either be made up or held on zoom in the event of poor weather. Registrations can be found on Community Pass under Village Parks and Recreation.



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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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 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. 

Culinary and Wellness Skills for Young Adults-Ages 17-23. Thursdays, 5:30-7pm, at HealthBarn USA, Habernickel Park, Hillcrest Road. Join us for fun socialization classes that will promote healthy eating habits and introduce students to new meals and recipes they would have never tried before.  Students will learn to follow recipes to make a delicious and nutritiuos meal that they have harvested and prepared as a group. A special dinner for the class and tehir families will be prepared for the final classs. Registration is currently open on Community Pass.



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!


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2021 exhibits: 

March-Dylan Skinner (Photography/Graphics/Acrylics)                                            April-Isabella Harelick   

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

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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