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Plans for open space in Ridgewood still to be determined


Plans for open space in Ridgewood still to be determined
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 11:31 AM
The Ridgewood News

It’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of a youth ball game while driving through the Route 17 corridor. To date, motorists can spy the action on sports fields from the heavily trafficked highway in East Rutherford, Carlstadt and Hasbrouck Heights.

Ridgewood’s Open Space Committee last October recommended that any individual or group interested in preserving the Schedler house on West Saddle River Road should present plans to the Village Council within 12 months. Several residents had the opportunity to tour the property and interior, pictured here, of the home last month.


If funding falls into place, a fourth location and the first adjacent to the thoroughfare’s northbound lanes might one day pop up in Ridgewood. Plans to convert the heavily wooded, 7-plus acre lot between Route 17 North and West Saddle River Road into a multi-use athletics facility have made the first run through the village’s engineering department but are still under scrutiny and far from complete.

The fate of what is known to most residents as the Schedler property is still up in the air, though a youth sports complex has already won the endorsement of a number of key groups in Ridgewood, including the Open Space Committee. Specifically, a 90-foot baseball diamond with a multi-purpose turf field overlaying the baseball outfield has been laid out on the table. The plan also calls for designated areas for passive recreation and an accompanying parking lot.

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