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.


Monday to Friday

259 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 670-5500, ext. 5520


News - Recreation


Recreation Office  201-670-5560            Parks & Shade Tree Office 201-670-5565


Nancy Bigos - Director of Parks & Recreation   

       Katie Frey, CPRP, CPO - Recreation Supervisor              Matthew Andruela,  Parks & Shade Tree Supervisor         

Deanna Schablik, CPRP - Receation Program Coordinator

Mary Hefferan - Recreation Office                Dina Kat - Parks & Shade Tree Office 


Table of Contents (continue scrolling to find)

*Upcoming Programs 

*Special Events

*L.E.A.P (Learning & Exploring through Adapted Programming)

*Seasonal Employment Opportunities And Forms

*Program Registrations on Community Pass (how to use)

*The Stable Art Gallery

*Kasschau Memorial Shell (Summer Concert Series)

*HealthBarn USA

*Community Garden

*Village Tree Program

*Facility Rentals

*Fall Field Schedules

Upcoming Programs



Click Here For More Information On Graydon Pool 

Effective April 1, 2023 the Village of Ridgewood, Graydon Pool/Tennis & Pickleball Memberships/Skatepark, and Village of Ridgewood Summer Day Camp Registrations will be subject to a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.  Convenience fees are to be paid to the service provider by the Village of Ridgewood. 



Additional program descriptions can be found on Community Pass when registering.  Community Pass receipts will show class schedule, location, and any supplies needed.  If a class fills, a waitlist is enacted. If you are on a waitlist, you are not charged for the program.  Waitlisted participants are not guaranteed a place in the program.  If a space becomes open, the next person on the waitlist will be notified via email with a message to log in to Community Pass to make the final payment. 






The LEAP program started with the assistance of the "Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities" grant in an effort to adapt the programs offered by the Recreation Department to fit the needs of all individuals.  Each month spotlights a new topic and introduces participants to a skill or knowledge they may not have tried or had access to. Past classes have focused on art, music, pickleball, skateboarding, cooking, Community Service, gardening, swim instruction, and junior lifeguarding. 


Applications will be accepted throughout the year. The deadline to work for summer 2024 is April 1, 2024. 


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-February).  All will be considered for experience and certifications.  

Positions for Graydon Pool include Camp Counselors,  LifeguardsSecurity Attendants, Badge Sale Attendants, and MaintenanceConcession Attendant applications will be shared with the awarded Water's Edge Cafe vendor. 

Application Process- Click on the link below for Lifeguard or Summer Employment. A fillable document will load. Applicant should fill out all required lines, any application left incomplete will not be accepted. Once completed, save the document and email to or to the attention of Katie frey at  If you cannot submit electronically, the document can be printed and completed in ink only.  Once complete it can be mailed to the attention of Katie Frey at 259 N. Maple Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.  Returning employees should submit applications by February 15, 2024 all new appplicants must submit prior to March 15, 2024.

The application document consists of the application for the position, a background investigation waiver, federal W-4, New Jersey W-4, Federal I-9, and direct deposit forms. These are all mandatory in order to begin employment and must be submitted each year.  The federal I-9 also requires supporting documentation (a photo id and social security card) that must be submitted at the same time as the application.   

2024 Lifeguard Application

2024 Summer Employment Application

For those under 18 years of age, you will need to fill out working papers.  A link to the working papers can be found below.  

Program Registrations On Community Pass

 Registration for all programs can be completed on Community Pass . Registration closes 1 week prior to the class program start date.  All programs carry a $15 non resident fee. The Parks & Recreation Department policy does not allow refunds for any program once it has begun. Those who withdraw from a program between registration and 7 business days prior will receive a refund minus a 15% administrative fee.  Those who withdraw less then 7 business days before the program will receieve a refund minus a 20% administrative fee.  The department is not permitted to prorate, however if a participant is forced to leave a program due to injury or illness, a prorated amount will be refunded once a medical note is received. 

Registration can be done on Community Pass  New members must create an account.  The account should be created for the head of the household and then additional family members should be added.  Birthdates must be listed for each additional family member to show eligibility for programs.  Please make sure that accounts are up to date with correct emergency contacts (someone outside the household), phone numbers, medical conditions/food allergies, and that emails are correct and receiving our email blast for the most up to date information.

Once accounts are made, programs can be found in the Village Parks & Recreation line.  Click the orange Register Now button to be taken to the program catalog.

Once you've hit Register Now, you will be taken to our catalog of programs.  You can search by clicking family memebrs and it will show the eligibility for each person or click Show Sessions to see the classes offered for each program.  Class sessions will show you the dates, times, locations and availability.  Please make sure to click any red exclamation points because they show information about the class (descriptions, materials & supplies, etc). If a program is available, add to your cart and continue browsing.  If a program is full, click add to waitlist, (those on the waitlist do not pay for programs until they are released from the list). Once your cart is full, you can hit the checkout tab.  Here you will be asked to fill out program registrations forms and finally submit payment. If you have any difficulties, the staff at the Stable will be happy to assist you (201) 670-5560. 


2023 exhibits:     

August- Mary Walker-Baptiste "Watercolor Expressions"

September- Group Show curated by Christine DeFazio  "Grafiti, Street, & Pop Art"

October-Ridgewood Arts Foundation Scholarship Showcase "Various Mediums"

November- Joy Yoo "Oil Paintings"

December-Lori Weisbart Polson "Faces & Places" paintings


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 Office Assistant: Mary Hefferan 

Please call 201-670-5560 for details.



The Kasschau Memorial Shell in Ridgewood, New Jersey is celebrating its 65th Anniversary! 

If you have enjoyed these concerts with your friends and family throughout the years, we invite you to be a part of this exciting milestone! Monies raised during this Community Donation Campaign will be put towards the 2023 Summer Concert Series, future events and our Kasschau Memorial Shell Scholarship Fund! 

We hope this campaign will ensure that the Summer Concert Series and the Scholarship will continue for many years to come! 

Corporate Sponsorships available.

Go to for all information

Thank you for celebrating 65 years of Music Under the Stars! 



Amy Bourque

Meghan Bracken

Karen Feldhahn

Mary Hefferan

Gail McCarthy

Lauren Melso

Leigh Warren

Jeff Zimmerman

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). All shows at 8:30-9:45pm. No fee to attend. Bathrooms are available. Follow the Kasschau Shell on Facebook, Instagram, GroupSpot @KasschauMemorialShell or refer to our website for most up-to-date schedule, which includes rain locations.


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       Training


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


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.  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.




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 or call 201-670-5565.

Click Here to download the "Adopt-a-Tree Application"

Click here for a List of Approved Tree Species

Facility Rentals

Stable 2016 Photo by Glenn Hefferan cropped

The Stable and other Recreation facilities are available for private meetings, birthdays, parties,  scout meetings, and other use.

Contact the Recreation Office at 201-670-5560 for details and availability.

Please note that not all requests may be honored. 

Stable Use Request Forms

Fall Field Schedule

Click on the "Fall Field Schedule" to open in another tab for clearer viewing 



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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