Board of Recreation Sports programs for children include
seasonal basketball, softball and bowling.
As per the By-Laws, the purpose of the Board of Recreation is to develop and promote the adoption of healthy recreational activities for all citizens of the Village of Ridgefield Park regardless of age, sex, color, creed and national origin.
All Board of Recreation meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building on the third floor in the Community Room, 306. Anyone with any questions, comments or suggestions is more than welcome to attend any meeting. Anyone needing to speak to the Board of Recreation may call (201) 641-4950 ext. 610 and leave a message on the voice mail. If you wish to send a letter, please address it to the Board of Recreation at 234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park.
Just a reminder to everyone, the Board of Recreation is made up entirely of volunteers who generously give their time to run various programs and activities for the residents of the Village. It operates on a small budget provided by the Village and assists hundreds of residents in various activities. Please remember volunteers run these programs and they will get back to you as soon as possible. The Board of Recreation is always welcome to hear your comments.
Any registration forms for the Board of Recreation activities can be found at the Clerk's Office, the Public Library or downloaded from the website. All registration forms are also distributed in the schools. Registration forms can be sent to the Board of Recreation c/o Village Clerk's office at 234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park. All checks should be made payable to: RP Board of Recreation. No cash will be accepted at the Clerk's Office.
Also, to clear up eligibility for Board of Recreation programs, all children's programs are open to all residents of Ridgefield Park and all students that either live in Ridgefield Park or attend school in Ridgefield Park.
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
Christmas Tree Lighting
Holiday Display Contest
Softball Grades 3-8
Basketball Grades 2-8
Bowling Ages 4-14
Wrestling Grades 1-8
**Other youth activities such as football, baseball, soccer and cheering are private organizations. Please check their link for information.
Senior Citizen Christmas Party
Information on all of these activities is listed below:
2013 Easter Egg Hunt on March 30, at 10:00 AM 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.
Rag-A-Muffin Parade – The Board of Recreation will be sponsoring its annual Rag-A-Muffin Parade on Saturday, October 26, 2013 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 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with registration at 1:30 p.m. sharp. 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.
Christmas Tree Lighting - The annual Christmas tree lighting is held on the first Sunday of December at 5:30 PM in front of the municipal building. Village residents, both young and old, gather to sing carols with the help of our Village Scouts and high school chorus, while waiting for that most exciting moment when Santa Claus makes a special appearance to see the lighted tree. Each year at the Tree Lighting all school age children up to grade 6 are presented with a special ballot and one lucky child wins a bicycle sponsored by one of our Village businesses!
Wish Tree - The wish tree is located at TD Bank through which residents are afforded an opportunity to purchase a holiday gift for a less fortunate Village child.
Holiday Display Contest - Is held on the last Friday before Christmas (for 2013 it will be December 20) at which time out-of-town judges canvass the Village and award prizes to the best-decorated homes and businesses. Winners will be posted on website after the contest. Registration is required to participate in this contest. Just a note for participants, photos are kept of past winners. Your display needs to change significantly to be considered for a prize the following year.
Women's Softball Program - Registration packets are available in January and must be completed and returned by March 21 in order for teams to participate in the league. Contact the Board of Recreation at (201) 641-4950 ext. 610 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 1. No registrations accepted after March 1.
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.
Wrestling - The wrestling program is open to students in grades 1-8. Registration is usually held in September. Registration fee is $40.00. For info on this program, contact Coach Uly Encarnacion at 201-832-9417.
Basketball - The basketball program is open to Ridgefield Park students or those attending school in Ridgefield Park grades 2 - 8. The second grade clinic is held on Saturdays at 1:00 PM. Grades 3 - 8 play games on the weekends and practice one night per week during the season. Early bird registration is held until August 15 and regular registration is held in September at Roosevelt School. Registration fee is $35 for early bird registration and $40 for all registrations received after August 15. A $5.00 late fee will be added to any registration submitted after September 30. The program is available for RP residents/students or those attending school in RP. No cash will be accepted at the Clerk's Office, only checks.
Early (and late) registrations should be sent to: 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 will be accepted at evaluations. Registration firmly closes on October 25 - ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS. Checks should be made payable to: RP BOARD OF RECREATION. Evaluations are held in November. The season runs from December through March.
This is a recreational and instructional league. The basketball program is always looking for those willing to give their time to help run the league smoothly. All it takes is one hour of practice per week and one game. Training sessions are run for coaches and/or referees. Assistance is provided to anyone willing to give his/her time to coach. You do not have to be a professional at the game to coach, only willing to donate your time for your own child. The Board of Recreation arranges to have a certification class for coaches.
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.
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.
Tennis - The Board of Recreation sponsors a tennis program run by Barry Rubach (201) 568-3946. Registration forms are distributed in the schools. For further information, contact Barry Rubach at the above number. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ridgefield Park Board of Recreation Coaches
There is a new 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 on voicemail at (201) 641-4950 ext. 610 and someone will get back to you shortly.
For additional information on any of our events,
please contact the Board of Recreation
at (201) 641-4950 ext. 610 or
234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park, NJ, 07660
or email us at BoardOfRec@ridgefieldpark.org