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Glen Ridge, New Jersey


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Parks and Recreation in Glen Ridge

Glen Ridge is especially proud of its Recreation Program. Programs and activities are administered by the Glen Ridge Parks and Recreation Department, located in the Glen Ridge Senior-Community Center 228 Ridgewood Avenue. All programs, activities, and park facilities are available for enjoyment by Borough residents. The facilities accessible through the Recreation Department include 9 parks, 4 schools, the town pool, and the Glen Ridge Senior-Community Center. Included in the recreation areas are baseball, softball, soccer, football, field hockey and lacrosse fields, playgrounds, tennis and platform tennis courts, and a seasonal skate park.

Athletic & Recreational Facilities

Carteret Park: Enter on Carteret Street or Lorraine Street located between Midland Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue. Features include children's playground, regulation baseball diamond, softball/youth baseball diamond, soccer field, skate park (seasonal) and field house.

Forest Avenue Field: Located on Forest Avenue between Sunset Avenue and Glen Ridge Parkway. Features include children's playground, softball/youth baseball diamond, field hockey/soccer field.

Sherman Avenue Field: Located on Sherman Avenue between Bay Avenue and Baldwin Street. Features include softball/youth baseball diamond, and youth soccer field.

Clay Field: Located at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Belleville Avenue. Features include children's playground, youth softball/tee-ball diamond, youth soccer field and paddleball courts.

Hurrell Field: Enter on Bloomfield Avenue or Belleville Avenue located between Highland Avenue and Herman Street. Features include regulation baseball diamond, football/soccer field, quarter-mile running track and basketball court and field house.

*Note: Organizations or groups of ten or more wishing to use a Borough park must obtain a permit. Click here for a permit application.

The Glen Bike Path and Gazebo: Located along the southern side of Bloomfield Avenue between Hillside Avenue and Freeman Parkway.
The Glen Park 'Buy A Brick' Fundraiser

Freeman Tennis Courts: Located on Woodland Avenue. Home of the Glen Ridge High School boys and girls tennis teams, the six clay courts are open seven days a week April through October (weather permitting). Membership fee required. Click here for more information.

Glen Ridge Pool: Located on Clark Street between Bloomfield Avenue and Thomas Street. For information go to

Paddleball Courts: Supported but not operated by the Borough Recreation Department, the two courts are located at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Belleville Avenue. Call Ross Stevens at (973) 746-9355 for information.

Freeman Gardens: Located at the intersection of Maolis Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue, beautiful Freeman Gardens is not operated or maintained by Borough Recreation, but by resident volunteers! Call president Ray Heun at (973) 743-1595 for information.

Glen Ridge Senior-Community Center:  For over 120 years, residents of Glen Ridge have passed through the train station at 228 Ridgewood Avenue. The original wood building, built "up the road" in 1872, housed the ticket office and a barbershop. Beginning in 1883, the station also served as the town's Post Office. The present Queen Anne-style building was constructed in 1887 thanks to the vision and effort of local developer A.G. Darwin. The building is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places, and in 2001 the building was renovated and reopened as the Glen Ridge-Senior Community Center. It is a great source of pride in our town! While serving Borough commuters, senior citizen and youth programs the Center is also available for event rental click here for a rental application.

Youth Programs

Youth Drop-in Center: 3:30pm - 5:30pm at the Glen Ridge Senior-Community Center on school days for school age children. Activities include air hockey, fooseball, and board games.

Friday Night Rec: 5:00pm - 7:00pm for grades 3&4, 7:30 - 9:30 for grades 5&6 at the Ridgewood Ave. School. Program runs December through March. Activities include a wide range of gym games

Summer Day Camp:Proudly serving approximately 250 Borough youth (ages 5 - 12) for over 25 years! Registration begins in April. 7 week program including trips, arts & crafts, and swimming, 9am - 3pm, Mon - Fri.

Youth Sports - Glen Ridge Athletic Association: Supplemented by the Borough Recreation Department, The Glen Ridge Athletic Association is a volunteer organization, which sponsors, organizes and promotes organized sports activities for the children of Glen Ridge. The organization is committed to provide the children of Glen Ridge with the opportunity to participate in and enjoy organized sports regardless of their level of ability. The organization also is committed to providing the more advanced athlete the opportunity to participate at a more serious level of play.

Glen Ridge Men's Softball League: Glen Ridge Recreation supports the competitive slo-pitch softball league from late June to early August for men over 30 years of age. Call Jim Parrinello, League president at (973) 743-8005 for information.

Senior Citizen Programs: All senior citizen programs take place at the Glen Ridge Senior-Community Center. Call Jim Cowan (973) 748-2924 to register for programs that include:

  • Weekly Exercise Program
  • Monthly Blood Pressure Screening
  • Knitting and Sewing Social Club
  • Health Lecture Luncheon Series
  • Weekly Grocery Shopping Trips
  • Pot Luck Lunch Club
  • Senior Field Trips

Special Events

Memorial Day Parade:Each Memorial Day the parade assembles at the intersection of Sherman Ave. and Baldwin St. and marches to the memorial in front of the Ridgewood Ave. School where a service is held.

Municipal Tree Lighting:Join the community on the 1st Sunday in December as we ring in the holiday season in front of Glen Ridge Borough Hall.

Pumpkin Hunt:Join us the Saturday before Halloween for a giant Pumpkin Hunt featuring face painting and refreshments, and prizes! For children grades pre-K - 3rd.

Egg Hunt:Join us in the spring for a giant Egg Hunt featuring face painting and refreshments, and prizes! For children grades pre-K - 3rd.

History of Glen Ridge

Glen Ridge traces its beginning to 1666 when sixty-four Connecticut families led by Robert Treat bought land from the Lennilenape Indians and named it New Ark to reflect a covenant to worship freely without persecution. The territory included the future towns of Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville, and Nutley. When Bloomfield seceded in 1812, Glen Ridge was a section "on the hill" composed mostly of farms and woodlands with the exception of a thriving industrial area along the Toney's brook in the Glen. For most of the nineteenth century, three water-powered mills produced lumber, calico, pasteboard boxes and brass fittings. A copper a sandstone quarry and mine were nearby.

With the arrival of the Newark and Bloomfield Railroad in 1856 and the New York, Montclair and Greenwood Lake Railroad in 1872, Glen Ridge began its transition to a suburban residential community. Stately homes slowly replaced orchards and wooded fields.

Residents "on the hill" became unhappy with their representation on the Bloomfield Council. In spite of repeated requests to Bloomfield officials, roads remained unpaved, water and sewer systems were nonexistent, and schools were miles away. In 1895, the stage was set for succession by several men on the third floor of the Robert Rudd's home on Ridgewood Avenue. They marked out the boundaries of a 1.45 square mile area to secede from the adjoining town. At the February 12, 1895 election, the decision to secede passed by only twenty-three votes. Robert Rudd was elected the first mayor of Glen Ridge.