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Half-price Graydon Pool badges on sale starting August 1st

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Ridgewood NJ, For $65 per adult and $60 per child (under 2 years old free), Ridgewood residents may purchase Graydon badges for the remainder of the summer season, through Labor Day. This is half the price of a full-season badge.

It can get really hot in August and early September, when kids are back from camp and many family vacations are over.

This is a fine opportunity to learn to love Graydon or to return to it if you haven’t bought a badge this year.

Information about Graydon:

Buy badges through CommunityPass (or use a link near the top of the page above):      (type “Ridgewood, NJ” in the form)

Badges can also be purchased through the staff at the Graydon Badge Office at the base of the steps leading from the Graydon North parking lot, located at the northwest corner of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway.

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Ridgewood’s Parks & Recreation Department Closes Stable Parking Lot on the Hottest Day of The Year

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving

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Ridgewood NJ, Boyd Loving pointed out on the “it takes Village “Facebook page that on the hottest day of the year ,” Access to both parking lots at The Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue, was blocked on Sunday, 07/21, by order of Ridgewood’s Parks & Recreation Department. Users of the adjacent Skate Park and deep end of Graydon Pool were forced to park elsewhere. Does anyone know if this policy will be in effect on Saturdays as well, and extend into the remaining weekends of the Summer? Also, was the Village Council notified of the planned “inconvenience to taxpayers” factor?”

The Stable was closed and Graydon had adequate staff , perhaps Parks and Rec can enlighten ?

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Runaway Commercial Vehicle Takes Out Fencing at Graydon Pool


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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Police report that on July 12th, Ptl. Stephen Cummings observed criminal mischief damage to wooden fencing located along the Graydon Pool parking lot. Upon further investigation a commercial vehicle was observed to have been moved maliciously or had rolled into the fencing causing damage. The vehicle owner was notified and secured by patrol. The fencing is the property of the Village of Ridgewood. The amount of damage is unknown at this time.

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Still time to join Graydon Pool and cool off during the long, hot days ahead


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Ridgewood NJ, There is still time to join Graydon Pool and cool off during the long, hot days ahead Graydon Pool is open daily from 10:00A.M. – 7:30P.M.  Residents can purchase memberships in person at the Pool Office or

Amenities & Program Offerings include Spray fountains, Adirondack chairs, shade system; recreational game area; picnic area with tables & charcoal grills; Wi-Fi accessibility; Water’s Edge Café open daily from Noon to 7p.m.; Swim lessons; Story time Under the Pavilion; Lending library; Special events – movie nights, concerts & more.

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National Weather Service : Excessive heat and humidity

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving

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Ridgewood NJ, the national Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook. This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

Excessive heat and humidity are becoming increasingly likely on Saturday with high temperatures ranging from the mid 90s to around 100 along with maximum heat index values between 105 and 110.

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Ridgewood Parks & Recreation : Kayak Classes

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Parks and Rec are hosting Kayak classes at Graydon Pool.

Kayak Classes- 1 session $45 each, 6:15 – 7:15 on Monday July 15 and/or July 29 – These courses are 1 hour and are available to anyone 13 and older. Children can participate as long as they are accompanied by a registered parent or guardian and are physically able to operate a kayak independently. These are introductory classes taught by a qualified instructor. All of the equipment is provided for you. The deep end and North Maple Avenue side of the pool will be closed off other than boating during this time period. There needs to be a minimum of 10 participants for this class to run, so bring your friends! Non members and non residents are welcome to participate for an additional $10 fee. You do not need a Graydon Membership to take this class.

Register on line at in person The Stable ,259 N. Maple Ave. Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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Top Things to Do in Ridgewood, New Jersey

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Located only 20 miles away from Midtown Manhattan, New York City, this small village from New Jersey has seen an increase in population in the past decades. With more and more people willing to trade the loud, stressful, and narrow streets of the Big Apple for true oases of relaxation, it comes as no surprise that New Jersey locations have become more popular. 

Like many towns and villages around the area, Ridgewood has a rich history, dating back from 1700, when Johannes Van Emburgh built the first home here. However, the town wasn’t created until the end of the 19th century, in 1894. 

Although it counts for only 25,000 people, Ridgewood has great potential and it is estimated that it will increase its population even further due to the laid-back style, the relatively low prices of the real estate industry, and its country charm. There are also many things you can do around, so, if you plan on stopping by for a weekend getaway, here is what you shouldn’t miss.

The Hermitage

One of the most popular places to visit in town, the Hermitage is an 18th century home with plenty of history on its own. Built in a Gothic Revival architectural style, the fourteen-room mansion now houses a museum built in 1848. You can enjoy a guided tour for a small donation and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The Saddle River County Park 

Stretching from Rochelle Park to Ridgewood, this park is located along the Saddle River. The place is perfect for spending a quiet afternoon and enjoying a wide variety of activities, including fishing, walking or cycling. 

Although the access to the park is limited to bikers and pedestrians, you can still bring your motorcycle to the premises and take a short trip around the park. All you need to do is read this article to find the perfect gadgets to guide you and take some wonderful pictures. 

One of the most popular landmarks of the park is the waterfall that is located in the Glen Rock section of the trail. Apart from that, you can also walk to the Easton Tower, also known as “The Mill” and it’s a great spot for photos. 

If you’re an avid angler, you can find plenty of good spots to fish for bass and trout around the Glen Rock Duck Pond, the Waterfall Area or the Ridgewood Duck Pond. 

The Garret Mountain Reservation

Located near Ridgewood, in Woodland Park, this 568-acre reservation covers the north part of the First Watchung Mountain. It provides a wide array of outdoor activities, including bird watching, picnic areas, walking and running trails, basketball courts, and a good fishing game on the Barbour’s Pond. 

And, if you want to learn more about the place’s history, you can visit the Lambert Castle that now hosts the Passaic County Museum which is open to the public. The 19th-century castle was recently renovated and provides a good spot for taking some amazing pictures. 

The Graydon Pool 

When the weather allows it, this historical site represents a great alternative to spending quality time outdoors, enjoying the sun. It costs around $10 to get inside but keep in mind that the place is usually crowded, especially during the weekends. If you find a good spot, you can go for a swim in the “plake” (a cool noun that combines the words “pool” and “lake”), relax on the warm sand, and even watch a movie. 

Unfortunately, the location needs to be preserved better since in 2010 was voted one of the “10 Most Endangered Historic Sites” in the State of New Jersey. 

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Storytime at Graydon Pool this summer-Thursday afternoons

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Ridgewood NJ, For the past nineteen years, the Parks and Recreation Department has been hosting a children’s  “Storytime” program at Graydon Pool on Thursday afternoons, in the kiddie section at 3:30pm.

This weekly program runs throughout July and August. Generally, we host about 25-30, early elementary  school children each week. They gather each Thursday under the sunshade and are truly excited to listen  to a short story and participate in either a simple craft, a song or a game which correlates to the story read. 

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Ridgewood Friends Of Music Presents- Tony Trischka And Blue Plate Special

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Friends of Music presents- Tony Trischka and Blue Plate Special

No Age Minimum
Students 11-17-$10.00
Kids 10 and under $5.00
Benefits RPS music programs K-12

purchase tickets at –

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Ridgewood NJ, no parkway traffic, no sharks and free parking !

Village priced memberships are available to Ridgewood residents, non-residents who pay local property taxes to the Village of Ridgewood, and employees of the Village of Ridgewood and Board of Education.  Proof is required.

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