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.
SUMMER DAY CAMP
Again this year, the Ridgewood Summer Day Camp will offer a diversified program of swimming, arts and crafts, games, outdoor sports, special events, and trips for children entering grades 1 through 6.
The six week program will be conducted weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, June 30th, and ending on Friday, August 7, 2015. Activities will be held on the grounds of the Stable, The Community Center, Maple Park, Veteran's Field, Graydon Pool and Leuning Park. Children are to bring/purchase* lunch and beverages. The cost per child is $525 which includes optional transportation.
*New this year, healthy sack lunches can be purchased with delivery to camp from the Water's Edge Café, Graydon Pool. Details to follow.
Transportation details, weather related policies, and much more can be found in our Parent Manual. Please download the 2015 Parent Manual (link below) and share this important information with your child.
If you have questions or if special accommodations are needed, please contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560.
SPRING SESSION II CLASSES - May and June
Registration has begun for the next session to begin in May. Listed below you will find offerings in order from pre-school to adults. All classes will be held at the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, unless otherwise noted.
You may click on any of the links for program details and to print the registration form which can be submitted in person or by mail (cash or check only). At the end of the listing you will find a link to Community Pass which allows online registration for all in this list (Visa/Mastercard payments only). Don't hesitate to call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with any questions or if special accommodations are needed.
Registration is ongoing for all classes listed above at Community Pass
ADULT/SENIOR PROGRAMS AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER
Registration is now available for the next session of adult programs at the Community Center. Returning favorites include Zumba, Silver Strength and Motion, Chinese Brush Painting, Toning, Jazzercise, Knit and Crochet, Yoga Fit, No Aches/No Pains - Arthritis Class, Men's Fitness, Learn to Crochet and Bridge and Canasta.
The Hobbyists Unlimited will return with Movie Classics once a month.
Registration is by mail or in person at the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, weekdays, 8:30 to 4:30 pm.
If you have any questions, need special accommodations, or have suggestions for new classes, please don't hesitate to call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560.
U.S. SPORTS INSTITUTE PRESCHOOL OFFERINGS
Spring Sport Squirts (Tuesdays) and T-Ball (Thursdays) are offered in a safe, structured environment with particular focus on hand/eye coordination, movement, balance, special awareness and good sportsmanship. **New offering includes a Parent and Me Squirts for ages 2 and 3.
You may click on the following link for program details and to print and mail the registration form to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
GOLF - Spring Instruction with TGA - **Now includes PreK offering
TGA Premier Junior Golf offers kid-friendly instructors who help students develop golf skills, get active and build self confidence as they advance through a five level program.
Classes will be held at Habernickel Family Park, 1035 Hillcrest Road. All equipment is provided.
Online registration is preferred at Community Pass. Contact the Recreation Office if assistance with registration is needed, 201-670-5560.
TENNIS - YOUTH AND ADULT INSTRUCTION **New PreK sessions added
All Pro Tennis, under the instruction of world ranked tennis professional Barry Ruback, will offer group instruction for all levels from beginner to advanced. Emphasis is on fundamentals, exercise and fun.
Registration can be made in person or by mail to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Ave. Download the registration form below.
To purchase your tennis membership online visit Community Pass. Your receipt will serve as proof of payment until badges are available.
SPRING SKATEBOARDING, Grades 2 and up REVISED
The session offers 6 weeks of instruction on Tuesdays, at the Skatepark, 259 North Maple Avenue (adjacent to the Stable), beginning May 5. Classes for Grades 2-3 will be from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., classes for Grades 4-6 and up will be from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.The cost is $90 (non-residents $100). Participants must bring thier board, helmet and knee pads.
Co-sponsored by Underground Skateshop of Ridgewood, lessons will stress safety, learning to ride, knowing your board and some basic tricks.
Register online at Community Pass or in person at The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telephone 201-670-5560.
KIDSAFE SELF-DEFENSE KARATE AND SAFETY AWARENESS Registration for the Spring 2015 session will be held on Tuesday, April 14th, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Community Center, Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood
This program, for boys and girls age 5 to 15, is designed to enhance self-esteem, self-discipline and safety awareness! Students are placed into classes according to age and ability. This is an ongoing program.
Classes will be held at Community Center, Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue on Tuesdays after school for a 9-week session. The cost is $82.00. Uniforms are highly recommended and are not included in the registration fee. Click on details below. Call KidSafe at 973-284-5650 for more information.
THE STABLE ART GALLERY - APRIL EXHIBIT
“Watercolors” by artist Maryann Burton will be on display at The Stable Art Gallery April 2-30, 2015.
From the Jersey shore to the streets of Manhattan, whether it’s in the expression of people’s faces or the glory of nature, the artist shares what she finds as inspiration everywhere she goes every day.
Mrs. Burton is an alumnus of the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. She has attained signature status and is currently a board member of the New Jersey Water Color Society and is an elected member of the ACWA (Art Center Watercolors Affiliates). She is a volunteer with the Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s Art Committee and instructs a watercolor art course with the Ridgewood Department of Parks and Recreation. Maryann has shown her work and won awards in various shows and art venues.
An Artist Reception is scheduled for Sunday afternoon April 12th, 2-4:00pm at The Stable Art Gallery, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. At this time, family friends and the community are all invited to meet the artist, view the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments.
The Stable Art Gallery is located at 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, and is open for viewing weekdays between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm or by appointment, 201-670-5560.
SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Applications are being sought for the many summer positions available with the Parks and Recreation Department including Day Camp Administrators, Day Camp Counselors, Graydon Pool Lifeguards, Security Attendants, and Badge Sale Attendants. Concession Attendant applications will be shared with the Water's Edge vendor. NOTE: Day Camp staff attendance is mandatory for the full six week program, June 29 to August 7, 2015.
Applications will be considered for experience, interests, and accomplishments.
Mail completed applications to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
SPRING MIDDLE SCHOOL MIXERS
Sponsored by Ridgewood Parks and Recreation, the Bergen County Municipal Alliance Grant and the NJ Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, students from Village middle schools can come together to enjoy music, dancing, refreshments and fun at the Annie Zusy Youth Center. A donation of $10 is requested (all funding will benefit the refurbishment of the Community Center).
6th Grade - Friday, April 17, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
7th/8th Grades - Friday, April 24, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
The Annie Zusy Youth Center is located on the ground level of Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue. Parents must drop off and pick up children in the rear lot of Village Hall by the Community Center entrance.
Kindly call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 with questions or if special accommodations are needed.
THE NJ MAYOR'S WELLNESS CAMPAIGN
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.
ATTENTION SENIORS - JOIN H.I.L.T. Come see what you have been missing!
H.I.L.T. (Highlights in Leisure Time) is a senior's club sponsored by Ridgewood Parks and Recreation, for Village residents 55 and older. Monthly meetings offer entertainment or informational presentations. Special events include picnics, socials and a variety of trips to dinner theaters, museums, historical sights and sightseeing tours. Annual dues are $15.
Call 201-670-5560 to speak to Deanna Schablik for more information.
The Art Gallery at the Stable
There are monthly Art Exhibitions in the Gallery featuring local artists at the Stable throughout the year, 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Village offers a wide range of youth sport activities. Please refer to individual websites for details.
There are sixteen tennis courts located throughout the Village of Ridgewood. Lessons are also offered through the spring summer and fall months for children and adults alike.
The Community Center
The Community Center at Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue offers a youth lounge and a senior lounge. Scheduled hours are available for both.
The Community Gardens, a horticultural gardening program open to all residents of the Village, provides as an opportunity to grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Individual 10' by 12' gardening plots are assigned for participation in America's number 1 hobby...gardening.
Parks, Recreation & Conservation Board
The Parks, Recreation & Conservation Board was created by the Village Council in April of 1973 to serve as an advisory body to the Council, Village Manager, and Director of Parks and Recreation, on facilities, programs and planning for parks, recreation and conservation.
Open Space Committee
The Village of Ridgewood voted and passed a supplemental real estate tax in November of 2001 and the Village Council subsequently appointed a nine-member committee. The goal of Ridgewood's Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) is to augment Village facilities in such a way that present and future generations will continue to benefit from parks, open space and naturals surroundings contributing to the health of and enjoyment of all citizens.
The Project Pride committee consists of Ridgewood residents who work to preserve and beautify Ridgewood's public area. Members and volunteers maintain the flower baskets and holiday kissing balls that hang on the street light poles, and plant and maintain the tree wells and the flower planters downtown.