Activities

All registration forms for Board of Recreation activities are distributed in the schools and can be found at our website.
The Board of Recreation sponsors the following events:

Easter Egg Hunt | Tennis | Acting & Improvisation Classes for Grades K-12 | Bowling | Special Stars Youth Bowling League | Summer Program
Ping Pong | T2S Basketball | Women's Softball Program | Softball Program | Wrestling | Summer Fitness Camp
Basketball | Competition Cheer Team | Rag-A-Muffin Parade | Christmas Tree LightingHoliday Wish Tree | Holiday Display Contest
Adult Trips/Activities | Senior Citizens Christmas Party | Board of Recreation Coaches

2017 Easter Egg Hunt - The Ridgefield Park Board of Recreation & Ambulance Corps. Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. SHARP at Veterans Park. The Easter Egg Hunt draws hundreds of children in search of hidden eggs and provides them with an opportunity to win prizes and to meet the Easter Bunny! Held on the Saturday before Easter Sunday at 10:00 AM in Veteran's Park (rain or shine). Don't forget to bring your own basket.  Open to toddlers - Grade 6.  Line up at 9:45am on the Preston Street side of the high school parking lot.  Limit of 12 eggs per child so that every child can participate.


Tennis - The Board of Recreation sponsors a tennis program run by Barry Ruback. Registration forms are distributed in the schools. The program is available for RP residents/students or those attending school in RP. Barry Ruback runs this program, which is taught by All Pro Tennis Staff. For more information, call Barry Ruback at 201-568-3946 or go to www.allprotennis.net or email: barrys10s@gmail.com. Sessions run from the spring through fall.  Click here for the Spring 2017 registration form.


Acting and Improvisation Grades K-12 - 
Learn to Act!    Have Fun!    Be creative!    Build confidence!
Classes forming for the Spring Session:  March 14 - June 2 for all grades. 
Taught by Rachel Maddock, MA Educational Theatre. 
On-going Registration.  Registration forms available at the Clerk’s office or on-line.
For info: Voicemail (201) 641-4950 ext. 610,
Email: rpboardofrec@gmail.com or visit www.ridgefieldpark.org.

Students will be introduced to the basic elements of acting through theatre games and improvisation. They will develop an understanding of building an acting ensemble through cooperative group work and will learn spontaneity, physical and vocal expression, pantomime, character exploration and basic playwriting. -- Older students will also study advanced acting techniques such as sensory work, monologue work, and basic scene study. -- Acting and Improvisation classes are a great way for students to channel their energy and interact in a fun and creative way. -- Acting and Improvisation builds confidence and life-long communication skills that can be applied to any field. Studies have shown that students who participate in the Arts have a greater chance of improving their academic performance.  Click here for details.


Bowling - The Board of Recreation sponsors a bowling program for all children between the ages of 4 and 14. The program is conducted at Bowler City Lanes in Hackensack. If there are any questions regarding this program, please call Marilyn at Bowler City (201) 343-3545.


Special Stars Youth Bowling League for Challenged Children - This program is run by Bowler City for challenged children ages 5 - 21. For information call Marilyn at Bowler City (201) 343-3545. The program is available for RP residents/students or those attending school in RP.


Summer Recreation Program - This program is run by Daina Scheideler. For more information check the Summer Recreation website or call (201) 641-4950 ext. 615.


Ping Pong - In collaboration with KiddieGym USA, the Board is offering Table Tennis lessons for kids and adults as a part of its Fall and Spring programs. Along with Table Tennis training, Fun with Ping Pong program offers unique feature of i- learn session, where everyone gets an opportunity to have an interactive session playing with ROBOT- 'i Pong'. Table Tennis paddles, balls will be provided by KiddieGym USA for the training purpose.  

The program is open to participants from Grades 1 and up who reside in Ridgefield Park.  We are also introducing a training session for Adults. The program is also open to residents/students of Bogota and Little Ferry. 

The program is held at the Civic Center, 2nd Floor, 159 Park Street in Ridgefield Park. It usually is held on Mondays 5:30 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. and Fridays 6:00 p.m. to 6:55 p.m. There normally are three sessions held during the year. For questions or further information: contact Sue Chak at kiddiegym@gmail.com


T2S Basketball Academy – The Board of Recreation is sponsoring a basketball specific performance enhancement training program to students in grades 4-12.  T2S Basketball Academy, organized by Larry Umaña and Nate Lopez, is an educational approach to simplify the game of basketball. T2S focuses on mastering the fundamentals through fun, innovative drills using proper mechanics, technique and muscle-memory repetition.  There will be ongoing registration now and throughout the summer. For further information, you can inquire on www.t2sba.com, or email at t2sbasketballacademy@gmail.com, or on Facebook: Train to Succeed. Sign up now and prepare to train to overcome the competition!


Women's Softball Program - Registration packets are available in January and must be completed and returned by March 31 in order for teams to participate in the league. Contact the Board of Recreation at (201) 641-4950 ext. 610 or rpboardofrec@gmail.com and leave your contact information if you need a registration packet. Only completed packets will be accepted.


Softball Program - The softball program is open to Ridgefield Park girls or students in grades 3-8. Registration fee is $50.00 and registration is generally held in January or February. Practices are usually held at Chestnut Street Park or Veteran's Park. This is a traveling league that will be run according to high school rules (fast pitch, bunting, leading, stealing). The season runs from the end of April through early June. The program is available for RP residents/students or those attending school in RP. Registration closes on March 10. No registrations accepted after March 10. You may either drop off or mail your registration to the Board of Recreation at 234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660. Registration forms can be downloaded here.


Wrestling - The wrestling program is open to students in grades 1-8. Registration is usually held in September. Registration fee is $45.00. For info on this program, contact Coach Uly Encarnacion at 201-832-9417. Bogota and Little Ferry students are also invited to participate.


Summer Fitness Camp - The Board of Recreation is offering a Fitness and Conditioning Camp. The purpose of the Fitness and Conditioning camp is to promote a healthy lifestyle and introduce various athletic development techniques to prepare the participants for a great athletic school year in the various sports programs the town offers. The camp is run by volunteer coaches and parents from our community that share a vision and maintain focus on participant improvement. All of our coaches are Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y certified. 

Age Groups:
2nd Grade (Fall 2016) to 8th Grade
Campers will be broken up into groups based on age and skill level.

Camp Dates:
Tuesdays through Thursdays
Week 1: July 5th - July 7th
Week 2: July 12th - through July 14th
Week 3: July 19th - through July 21st

Location: Veterans Park  Turf Field

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost:
$25.00 for 1 Week
$30.00 for 2 Weeks
$35.00 for 3 weeks
All checks should be made payable to Ridgefield Park Board of Recreation

Registration Dates and Locations:
Saturday, June 4th (10:30am - 01:00pm) Picnic Area Veterans Park
Pre-Register using this link: http://goo.gl/forms/eVVlp6YyTH.
For further info, contact the Board at rpboardofrec@gmail.com or leave a message on voicemail at (201) 641-4950 ext. 610.


Basketball – Early registration is offered until August 15 only.  Early registration forms should be mailed to the Village Clerk’s office, and must be RECEIVED no later than August 15th.  Registration will be held at the DARE Room (third floor of the municipal building, enter at Park Street entrance) on September 23 and 24.  Registration forms will be mailed or can be found at the Clerk’s Office and the Public Library.  Registration forms can also be found on the internet by going to www.ridgefieldpark.org and looking under the Board of Recreation link.  Also, anyone in at least seventh grade who is interested in training to be either a timer or scorekeeper for the basketball season should leave their name and phone number on the Board of Recreation voice mail at (201) 641-4950 ext. 610 or email: rpboardofrec@gmail.com.

 This program is open to both boys and girls who are residents of Ridgefield Park or attend school in Ridgefield Park grades 2-8.  The season will run approximately from November 2016 through March 2017.  Registration will take place in the DARE Room on the third floor of the municipal building on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Registration fees are $55.00 for the first child and $45.00 for each additional child.  A $5.00 late fee will be added to any registration received after September 24, 2016.  Checks should be made payable to:   RP BOARD OF RECREATION.  Late registrations should be mailed to:  RP Board of Recreation, 234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park.  All registration forms must be submitted by 10/25 to guarantee a spot on a team.  No registrations accepted at evaluations.

Students in grade 2 participate in a clinic, which is held on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (and starts in December).  Students in grades 3-8 are placed on teams and practice one hour each week and have one game each weekend.

The evaluations will be at Lincoln School as follows:
Clinic does not have any evaluations.  Clinic participants will receive a letter with starting date.
Tuesday, Nov. 1 -   3/4 & 5/6 Boys at 6:30 p.m.  
Wednesday, Nov. 2 -  All girls at 6:30 p.m.  
Wednesday, Nov. 2 -  7/8 Boys at 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Anyone interested in coaching or helping the basketball program should leave a message with the Board of Recreation at 641-4950 ext. 610.  A background check as well as the Rutgers Safety Course and Concussion Course are mandatory in order to coach.


Competition Cheer Team – The Board sponsors a Competition Cheer Team for Ridgefield Park and Little Ferry children in Grades 2-6 (as of Sept.).  Registration is held in the summer and can be dropped off or mailed to the Board of Recreation at 234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park.  Cost is $250 (not including tumbling or uniform cost). Registration cost is broken down into 3 payments of $50 at registration with 2 additional payments of $100 each due Oct.1st and Dec. 1st.  


Rag-A-Muffin Parade – The Board of Recreation will be sponsoring its annual Rag-A-Muffin Parade on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. sharp. All participants should meet at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Hobart Street, no later than 10:30 a.m., with their registration form. As in the past, prizes will be awarded in all divisions and each child will receive a “goody bag”. The rain date will be Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. with registration at 1:30 p.m. sharp. For further Info, leave a message on the voicemail at 201-641-4950 ext. 610. There will be divisions for single costumes, groups, floats, wagons and anything with wheels as well as a separate division for out-of-town participants. Stop by and have some fun with our DJ or complimentary popcorn and cotton candy carts!


Christmas Tree Lighting - The annual Christmas tree lighting is held on the first Sunday of December at 5:30 p.m. (December 4, 2016) in front of the municipal building. Village residents, both young and old, gather to sing carols with the help of our Village Scouts and school chorus, while waiting for that most exciting moment when Santa Claus lights the tree. Each year at the Tree Lighting all school aged children up to grade 6 are presented with a special ballot and one lucky child wins a bicycle sponsored by Vorhees-Ingwersen Funeral Home! Special guests also attend this event!  Please click here for the flyer and ballot.


Holiday Wish Tree - The Holiday Wish Tree will be located at the Oritani Bank at 233 Main Street and should have the tags available beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving. The wish tree gives residents the opportunity to purchase a holiday gift for a less fortunate Village child. If you would like to participate, please stop by and select a tag and return your gift by December 16, 2016. Your gift will then be delivered to a very appreciative child. Thanks again for your assistance! Please click here for the flyer.


Holiday Display Contest - Is held on the last Friday before Christmas (for 2016 it will be December 23) at which time judges canvass the Village and award prizes to the best-decorated homes and businesses. Winners will be posted on the Village website after the contest. Registration is required to participate in this contest. Just a note for participants, photos are kept of past winners. Your winning display needs to change to be considered for a top prize the following year.  Please click here for the registration form.


Adult Trips/Activities - The Board of Recreation has added this new activity to its roster. If you have any suggestions for any trips, speakers or activities you would like to see sponsored by the Board of Recreation, please drop us a note at the Clerk's Office or leave a message on our voice mail at (201) 641-4950 ext. 610. Check the website periodically for discount tickets to area events. We occasionally run craft classes when there is enough interest shown.


Senior Citizens Christmas Party - Tickets for the senior citizens holiday party are available at the Clerk's Office in December. For further information, stop at the Civic Center.


Ridgefield Park Board of Recreation Coaches - For the protection of the Village youth, background checks are mandatory for any person coaching in a Board of Recreation sponsored activity.  Each coach must submit to a background check conducted by an outside party before they will be permitted to coach.  If you desire further information on the process for the mandatory background check, please contact the Board of Recreation at:  rpboardofrec@gmail.com.  No person will be exempt from a background check.

There is also an insurance requirement that all Ridgefield Park Board of Recreation coaches, referees and officials involved in sports programs need to successfully complete a program on the new Sports Concussion policy protocol. This needs to be done before anyone participates in a sports program. If you plan on participating in a sport in the future, please be sure to complete this free on-line course at your convenience. You must forward your certificate of completion to the Ridgefield Park Board of Recreation before you will be permitted to participate in any sports program.

The link for this website with the new Sports Concussion policy protocol is www.NJMEL.org. New Jersey law is requiring that all organizations who use the Board of Education facilities comply with this program. The online training section has a link to a 40 minute free concussion training program and mini exam and at the conclusion the coach or parent will be able to print a certificate of completion. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Board of Recreation at voicemail at (201) 641-4950 ext. 610 or rpboardofrec@gmail.com and someone will get back to you shortly.