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.
THE STABLE ART GALLERY - “The Landscape Explored” - Pastels by Avenia and Fiedler
Award-winning artists Rachel Avenia and Connie Fiedler Bandstra are collaborating on this September exhibit at the Stable Art Gallery entitled “The Landscape Explored.”
These female artists both muster a life-long love of rivers, bays, and oceans along the Northeast Coast. Much of this work depicts the peace and often overlooked beauty found at the fringes of popular, well traveled urban spots. These works invoke musings about light, texture, and color as well as meditative qualities of where earth, sky, and water meet. These pastel paintings are of brilliant land and seascapes are an invitation to pause + dwell in a moment of light and color.
The Stable Art Gallery is located at 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ and has viewing hours on weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm or at other times by appointment; (201)670-5560.
An artist closing reception is set for Saturday, September 27th between 5-7pm. For a preview of the artists work visit their websites at: www.rachelavenia.com & www.conniefiedler.net
ANNUAL STREET FAIR, September 21st
Ridgewood Parks and Recreation will again sponsor this seasonal outdoor market on Sunday, September 21st, 12 noon to 5 pm, on East Ridgewood Avenue (rain or shine). There is no fee to attend.
Vendor wares will include arts and crafts, jewelry, holiday ornaments, novelties of many sorts, home goods, and clothing and accessories. Children's events will include pony rides, sand art, a petting zoo, inflatables and more. The food court offers a wide variety of refreshments.
THE HARVEST MOON FAMILY HOEDOWN Saturday, October 4th, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m, at the Irene Habernickel Family Park, 1037 Hillcrest Road
Ridgewood Parks & Recreation, with co-sponsorship by Jacobsen Landscape Design and Construction of Midland Park, will host an exciting family hoedown, complete with pony rides, a petting zoo, hot air balloon tether rides, square dancing and a food court. So put on your country best and come join the fun.
Held at Habernickel Family Park, 1037 Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood, the schedule of events is as follows:
3:30 to 5:30 pm – Petting zoo and pony rides
4:30 to 6:30 pm – Hot air balloon tether rides
5:00 pm – Food court opens
5:30 pm – Music and dancing
Embrace the national “Come Alive Outside” campaign which began in 2010 by Jim Paluch in hopes of reducing the sedentary, indoor lifestyle that is contributing to adverse effects in our society. Playing outside has many benefits – improving physical and social skills, stress reduction, increased self-confidence and so much more. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 60 minutes of free play outside daily is essential for a child’s development. It is the “Come Alive Outside” campaign’s mission to create opportunities for children to get outside for some “good healthy fun”.
Save by registering in advance - $10 per person ($15 at the gate). Hot air balloon tether rides are $20 per person and the food court is additional.
Register online at Community Pass (under Village Parks and Recreation) or in person or by mail to The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
Please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 201-670-5560 with any questions or if special accommodations are needed.
FALL SESSION - September and October
Registration is now available for the next session to begin in September. 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.
You may register online 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, Mindful Meditation, Chinese Brush Painting, Toning, Jazzercise, Chair Yoga, Knit and Crochet, Yoga Fit, Learn to Crochet and Bridge and Canasta.
New offerings include No Aches/No Pains - Arthritis Class and Men's Fitness, both with Tracey Zysman. 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.
FALL 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 $8 is requested (all funding will benefit the refurbishment of the Community Center).
6th Grade - Friday, September 26, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
7th/8th Grades - Friday, October 3, 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.
Adult chaperones are needed. Kindly call the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 if able to volunteer.
GOLF - Fall Instruction with TGA
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.
Register online at Community Pass or you may print and mail the registration form to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
TENNIS - YOUTH AND ADULT INSTRUCTION
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.
U.S. SPORTS INSTITUTE PRESCHOOL OFFERINGS
Fall 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.
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.
FALL SKATEBOARDING, Grades 1-7
The session offers 6 weeks of instruction on Wednesdays, at the Skatepark, 259 North Maple Avenue (adjacent to the Stable). Classes for Grades 1-4 will be from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., classes for Grades 5-7 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/by mail to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telephone 201-670-5560.
GREEN KIDS WORKSHOPS
"Green Kids" is a youth club for students in grades 3 to 5 who want to explore and discover nature, science, gardening, art, birding, weather, recycling, the environment and our senses.
Fall workshops vary with projects, presentations and a trip. For details please click on the registration form link that follows:
KIDSAFE SELF-DEFENSE KARATE AND SAFETY AWARENESS Registration for the Fall 2014 session will be held on Tuesday, September 16th, 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 10-week session. The cost is $90.00. 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 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.
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 30 to August 8, 2014.
Applications will be considered for experience, interests, and accomplishments.
Mail completed applications to The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
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.