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Parks & Recreation Department - Division of Recreation
General Information

Location: The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday
Contact Information:Timothy J. Cronin, Director of Parks and Recreation
Nancy A. Bigos, Deputy Director
Marge Anderson, Administrative Clerk


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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.
Department News

Throughout the month of November, Jeanette Wraga Becker will present the artwork of her beloved mother Hedwig Rodak Wraga at the Stable Art Gallery. The exhibit will run from November 3 through 26.

Artwork will display the path Hedy discovered as her artistic talent began at an early age. It was when she studied Fine Arts at William Paterson College, after her daughter married, that her art really become the rainbow of colors and themes to be witnessed in this show. “I did a rainbow” was her description of it. That idea became the basis for a poem her daughter Jeanette wrote about her mother which is now the theme of this exhibit.

On display will be acrylic paintings using her unique “hard edge” style, still life paintings, and drawings in pen and crayon media. Here she could paint with crayons using shadowing and subtle layers of color to enhance these fine drawings.

A special gathering, the Artist’s Reception, will be held on Sunday, afternoon, November 9th, between the hours of 2:30 to 4:30 pm to celebrate “Mama’s Rainbow”. All are invited to attend.

The Stable Art Gallery, located at 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, is open for viewing weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by appointment, 201-670-5560.
Monday, December 29th, 1 pm, the Anne Zusy Youth Center, Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood (snow date is 12/30, 1 pm)

This interactive puppet show and sing-a-long is geared to our youngest residents, ages 2 to 6. "Neighborhood Animals" is the story of Digger the dog who does not want to share his back yard. He chases and barks at all the other animals until they are gone. When he realizes they have left, he is so sad and learns a very valuable lesson. Presented by Marcia the Musical Moose.

All attending must pay an admission fee of $5 (under 2 free). As seating is limited, it is suggested advance purchase be made either 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.

For additional information, or if special accommodations are needed, kindly contact the Recreation office at 201-670-5560.
Grades K-2, Monday, December 29th, 10 am to 12 noon, at The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood

Students will create their own balloon buggy while learning Isaac Newton's third law of motion. Racing fun with their finished projects will end the session.

The cost is $40 per person ($50 non-residents) with all materials included.

Register online at Community Pass or by mail or in person; The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue.

Balloon Buggies with Explore Science (Grades K-2) - Details/Registration
Tuesday, December 30th, at the Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood

  • Grades 3 to 5, 10 am to 12 noon
  • Grades 6 to 8, 1 to 3 pm

  • Students will engage in the scientific process of invention with the newest electronic components. These electronic tools turn something ORDINARY into something EXTRAORDINARY and creativity and critical thinking can soar to new heights. Different electronic modules include pressure sensors, LED sensors, sound sensors, fan sensors and more. Examples of projects include a robotic hand-shaker, a dog that wags its tail, specialized glasses, to mention a few. Students will showcase their inventions at the end of the session.

    Little Bits Engineering and Robotics ~ Registration/Details

    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. Download the registration form below.
    FALL SESSION II - November and December
    Registration begins Monday, October 6th for the next session to begin in November. 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.

    Ages 20-42 months - My First Art Class with Abrakadoodle (Tuesdays)

    PreK, Mini Doodler with Abrakadoodle (Wednesdays)

    Grades K-4, Education Explorers Creative Chefs (Thursdays - Added Class)

    Grades K-4, Explore Science - Air-Mazing (Tuesdays)

    Grades K-4, Education Explorers Tech Titans (Wednesdays)

    Grades K-4, 3D Clay Sculpture with Abrakadoodle (Thursdays)

    Grades 2-6, Acrylics (Tuesdays) or Drawing (Wednesdays)

    Grades 3-5, Green Kids Workshops (Wednesdays/Thursdays)

    Adult Acrylics (Tuesday afternoons)

    Adult Watercolors (Wednesday mornings)

    Healthy Gourmet Holiday Session (Fridays)

    Registration begins Monday, October 6th for all classes listed above at Community Pass
    Registration is now available for the next session of adult programs at the Community Center. Returning favorites include Zumba, Silver Strength and Motion, Meditation, Chinese Brush Painting, Toning, Jazzercise, Chair Yoga, 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.

    Adult Programs - November and December 2014

    Adult/Senior Registration Form

    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.
    "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:

    Green Kids Fall 2014 Workshops ~ Details/Registration Form

    You may also register online at Community Pass.
    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.

    Fall Kidsafe - Details
    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.
    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.

    H.I.L.T. Membership Application

    H.I.L.T. Schedule, July through December, 2014
    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
    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.

    2014 Seasonal Employment Application

    2014 Waterfront Lifeguard Employment Application for Graydon Pool

    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.
    Community Gardens
    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.
    Project Pride
    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.
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