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Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ

Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood, New Jersey is part of the massive 577-acre Saddle River County Park. It consists of five parks that are linked by a multi-use path, with circular paths around some ponds. While each park in the system offers a playground we chose to focus on the ones with accessible playgrounds. This was the first one we visited and it was truly special.

Horizontal picture of ENTIRE playground at Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ 3

10 Things to Know About Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood

As part of our challenge to write about 100 New Jersey playgrounds in 100 days we bring you the details about one of the Saddle River County Park Playgrounds, the playground in Ridgewood. This park is also referred to as the Wild Duck Pond Area.

Where is Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood located?

This Ridgewood playground is part of the Saddle River County Park which is part of the Bergen County Park System. It is not visible from the road. The park and playground are located at 1133 East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Horizontal picture of older kid playground at Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ 2

What kind of playground equipment does the Ridgewood Saddle River County Park Playground have?

There are two playground structures, a playground for toddlers and preschoolers. The other larger playground is more suitable for older kids, 5 years old and older. There are swings, slides, monkey bars, and more.

Horizontal picture of older kid playground at Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ accessible ramp 2

Are there swings?

There are 4 structures with swings at this playground in Ridgewood.

  • One structure with four traditional swings
  • One structure with four baby swings
  • One structure with four accessible springs – Most we’ve seen anywhere to date
  • One structure with a tire swing

Are there slides?

There are 7 slides at this Saddle River County Park playground in Ridgewood. There are 4 slides on the toddler equipment, two are side-by-side slides.

Horizontal picture of toddler playground at Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ with slides

There are three slides on the main structure. All the slides are open and one twists.

What special features does the playground offer?

The playground features climbing walls and ladders, a fireman’s pole, a tunnel, and more.

What kind of ground cover does the playground have?

The ground surface is wood mulch.

climbing rock at Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ

Is the playground at Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood accessible?

Yes, this is one of two ADA Accessible Playgrounds in the Saddle River County Park system. The other is in Rochelle Park and will be featured on Jersey Family Fun later this summer. In addition to the accessible swings, the main playground structure is wheelchair accessible. There is a wide ramp and platforms with some sensory play areas.

Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ wheelchair accessible ramp
4 Accessible swings at Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ better
4 Accessible swings at Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ better

Is there shade available at the Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood? 

The canopy tops on the playground equipment provide some shade. There is shade at picnic benches and tables under trees as well as pavilions throughout the park.

Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood NJ shady area under canopy

Where is parking for the Saddle River County Park in Ridgewood? 

There was a large parking lot located near the playground and other parking lots around the park. There is a total of 4 parking lots.

Parking lot at Saddle River County Park in Ridgewood New Jersey.

Are there restrooms?

Restrooms are located in a building with additional port-a-potties out front.

Restroom building and port-a-potty at Ridgewood Saddle River County Park.

What else is there to do at Saddle River County Park Playground in Ridgewood?

In addition to the playground at Saddle River County Park, there are additional amenities available for visitors. From the park website we see, “the park amenities include picnic areas, a pavilion with electric (permit required), a dog park, activities include fishing (NJ State Fishing License Required), model boating (by permit only) and ice skating when weather conditions allow.

Are there walking trails?

There is a walking path around the playground and park. Taking the path around the playground 3 times would be just over a mile.

walking paths at Saddle River County Park in Ridgewood NJ

Are there fields or courts for sports? 

We did not see any fields or courts for sports, but there were open grassy areas. The website doesn’t list any courts either.

Grassy areas at Saddle River County Park in Ridgewood NJ

Bonus information we want you to know about Saddle River County Park in Ridgewood 

The playground area is fenced in but I believe that’s more because of construction than anything else. Bergen County is working to restore the Wild Duck Pond area. You can learn more details through signage at the park.

Signage about Wild Duck Pond Ecological Restoration at Saddle River County Park in Ridgewood NJ

View the Wild Duck Pond Area Map on the Bergen County Parks website.

The 577-acre Saddle River County park spans Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Ridgewood, Paramus, Rochelle Park, and Saddle Brook.  A 6 mile walking/biking/multipurpose path connects each park in each town. Start the day at a playground in one town, and “hike” or scooter to a playground the next town. Have a fun family experience playground hopping from one spot to the next.

Saddle River County Park has entrances in Saddle Brook, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Ridgewood, Rochelle Park, and Parmus in Bergen County. Most parks open at 10 am, and close 1/2 hour after sunset.

Who do I contact about having a birthday party or event at Saddle River County Park?

We provide these details about Saddle River County Park in Ridgewood as a service to our readers and the park. However, Jersey Family Fun is not directly involved with this park. To reserve any Saddle River County Park for a birthday party or private event, please contact them directly by calling (201)336-7261, emailing [email protected], or visiting their website.

Pavilion at Saddle River County Park in Ridgewood NJ

Find more great playgrounds in New Jersey

Visit Bergen County parks and playgrounds to learn more about playgrounds near this one. Visit our series on New Jersey Playgrounds and Parks to learn more about the great playgrounds across our state.

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