Located near the center of the village of Ridgewood, New Jersey and surrounded by the historic homes that make up this quaint community, sits the focal point for neighborhood outdoor summertime fun: the historical Graydon Park and Pool. A gathering place for families for the last century, Graydon Park and its spring fed pool has provided outdoor fun for four generations of Ridgewood residents and visitors. If you’re looking for some family friendly outdoor activities to keep you busy this summer, Graydon Pool has something for just about everyone.
Graydon Pool Swimming and Beach
The main feature of this historical park is, of course, the famous Graydon Pool. A natural spring fed and sandy-floored lake, Graydon Pool has white sandy beaches perfect for water-side lounging, sunbathing, socializing, swimming and sandcastle building. Including a shaded playground, Adirondack chairs, picnic areas and charcoal grills, this spectacular park was almost altered completely. Threatened at one point to be replaced by a concrete pool for maintenance and sanitation sake, the community rallied around their local monument to stop the development and removal of the sandy beach. With more technology, a better maintenance plan and more funding, residents helped put Graydon Pool on the list of historical sites in Ridgewood and saved the beloved park from being changed forever.
Yoga and Relaxation
For families and individuals looking for a bit of relaxation of mind, spirit and body, Graydon Pool offers both traditional yoga and SUP yoga on the water. Stand up paddle boards, or SUPs as they are commonly referred to, are oversized, highly buoyant boards similar to a surf board. Participants in SUP Yoga paddle out to the center of the pool and practice traditional yoga while floating peacefully on the water. For those who prefer to keep their feet on solid ground, regular yoga classes are held on the beach in both the morning and afternoon.
Movies on the Beach
Family movie nights have never been more fun than with Graydon Pool’s beach-side movie nights. These family friendly movies are shown on several dates throughout the summer nights, transforming the beach into an outdoor theater. The snack bar features movie friendly fare like ice cream, candy, non-alcoholic drinks and of course, popcorn. Attendees bring their own chairs, blankets and flashlights.
Story Time and Walks
A regular occurrence in the summer, Story Time at the pavilion features volunteer-read stories, interactive activities and crafts for the local children of Ridgewood. Story Walk takes kids and families along a mapped out walking route through the park while a children’s story is read aloud as the walk progresses. Culminating with an ice cream party at the end of the story and walk, kids are sure to enjoy taking in the great outdoors as they listen to an engaging story.
Great Duck Derby
As part of the “Come Alive Outside” campaign, The Great Ridgewood Duck Derby takes place in the park as participants decorate and race their rubber ducks down the Ho-Ho-Kus brook. Participants and observers are able to enjoy the day’s festivities, including musical performances, beach games, sand sculpture competitions, a BBQ and of course the main event, the duck race itself. Nearly 400 racers participate in this annual event that promotes heathy outdoor activities that the entire family can enjoy.
For all the scheduled times and fees, if applicable, for these and other great events hosted at Graydon Pool, check out the Village of Ridgewood’s website section on Graydon Pool. Hopefully we’ll see you at one of these fantastic events…and save some popcorn for us, will ya?