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 - PLANNING INFORMATION
Summer Day Camp 2015 information is as follows:
The six-week program is available to Ridgewood residents only, Grades 1 through 6.
Dates-Tuesday, June 30 through Friday, August 7, 2015
Time-Monday through Friday, 9 am to 1:30 pm
Cost - $525 per child for camp registration and all children must possess a Graydon badge; an additional cost of $110.
Registration will begin April 1st and more details will follow.
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.
THE STABLE ART GALLERY - JANUARY EXHIBIT “(Un)Natural” – Photography by Alaina Sacci
Artist Alaina Sacci states, “The concept of a landscape photograph is a complex one. Landscape photographs typically depict organic forms such as trees, rolling hills, mountains – all that is natural in the world. When we bring a camera into these landscapes, we are making the landscape unnatural. Therefore, landscape photograpy may be seen as the fusing together of the natural (the landscape) with the unnatural (the camera).”
Ms. Sacci is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Photography in 2013. Having successfully exhibited her series entitled “Body Modification and Self-Conscious”, a form of exposure therapy dealing with body image insecurities, she finds her work to be therapeutic in nature. She is currently enrolled at Caldwell University in New Jersey with the plan of graduating in 2016 with an MA in Counseling and Art Therapy.
For more information please visit the artist’s website at www.alainasacci.com.
An Artist’s Reception is slated for Friday, January 23rd, between the hours of 6:30 to 8:30 pm. At that time family, friends and the community are all invited to meet the artist, view the photography exhibit and enjoy light refreshments.
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.
WINTER CLASSES - January and February
Registration begins Monday, December 1st for the next session to begin in January. 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 begins Monday, December 1st 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.
CHILDREN'S SHOW - SNAKES N SCALES Tuesday, February 17th, The Anne Zusy Youth Center, Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. Choose from two show times - 1 pm or 2:15 pm
Geared for Grades K through 5, the shows are educational, interactive and captivating! Come share Snakes n Scales' passion of alligators, pythons, turtles, snakes, sharks, frogs, lizards, fish, spiders, insects, salamanders and more.
Admission is $5 for all attending (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.
SPACE AND SPARKLE CAMP WITH ABRAKADOODLE - FEBRUARY RECESS Grades K-4, Tuesday, February 17th, 9:30 am to 12 noon, at The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood
Blast off for a fun day in space with the stars and the universe while learning to draw rockets inspired by Nuebecker and getting messy painting stars with explosive colors and sparkle! Be sure to dress for mess!
The cost is $50 per person ($60 non-residents) with all materials included.
Register online at Community Pass or by mail or in person; The Stable, 259 N. Maple Avenue.
LET'S STAY ACQUAINTED
Village residents are invited to join Councilwoman Gwenn Hauck for an opportunity to meet, share a provided light lunch, and participate in a life mapping activity. It is Mrs. Hauck's desire to become familiar with residents, learn of their experiences living in the community, and increase awareness and use of the Village Community Center. Please join.
"To Know Yourself is to Love Yourself" - Discover your life's purpose!
Thursday, February 26th, 12 noon at the Anne Zusy Youth Center, Village Hall, Ridgewood
Seniors in need of transportation may reserve space on the senior bus or receive taxi coupon information by calling Village Hall reception at 201-670-5500, ext. 203. If you have any other questions, please contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560.
There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required. Limited to 100 guests.
KIDSAFE SELF-DEFENSE KARATE AND SAFETY AWARENESS Registration for the Winter 2015 session will be held on Tuesday, January 13th, 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.
ICE SKATING IN THE VILLAGE
The Department of Parks and Recreation checks the thickness of the ice everyday. The most recent ice tests indicate:
Twinney Pond (Red Birch Court) - NO SKATING ALLOWED
King's Pond (Lakeview Drive) - NO SKATING ALLOWED
Graydon Pool (corner N. Maple and Linwood) - NO SKATING ALLOWED
Habernickel Pond (Hillcrest Road) - NO SKATING ALLOWED
Please check back to this site for additional updates, or you may call the Stable at 201-670-5560 during business hours, weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
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.