Bergen County

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Bergen County is the most populous county in New Jersey. It is considered part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. It is one of the few areas of the country that observes "blue laws", that is almost completely closed on Sundays other than food stores and gas stations.

 

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Bergen County Towns

Allendale

Alpine

Bergenfield

Bogota

Carlstadt

Cliffside Park

Closter

Cresskill

Demarest

Dumont

East Rutherford

Edgewater

Elmwood Park

Emerson

Englewood

Englewood Cliffs

Fairlawn

Fairview

Fort Lee

Franklin Lakes

Garfield

Glen Rock

Hackensack

Harrington Park

Hasbrouck Heights

Haworth

Hillsdale

Ho-Ho-Kus

Leonia

Little Ferry

Lodi

Lyndhurst

Mahwah

Maywood

Midland Park

Montvale

Moonachie

New Milford

North Arlington

Northvale

Norwood

Oakland

Old Tappan

Oradell

Palisades Park

Paramus

Park Ridge

Ramsey

Ridgefield

Ridgefield Park

Ridgewood

River Edge

River Vale

Rochelle Park

Rockleigh

Rutherford

Saddle Brook

Saddle River

South Hackensack

Teaneck

Tenafly

Teterboro

Upper Saddle River

Waldwick

Wallington

Washington Township

Westwood

Woodcliff Lake

Wood-Ridge

Wyckoff

 

Education

 

College and Universities in Bergen County

Bergen Community College - Paramus

Berkeley College - Paramus

Dover Business College - Paramus

Fairfleigh Dickinson - Teaneck and Hackensack

Felician College - Lodi and Rutherford

Saint Peter's College - Englewood Cliffs

Ramapo College - Mahwah

Library

Bergen County Cooperative Library System

 

 

Government

Bergen County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Freeholders are the center of the legislative and administrative resonsibility in Bergen County.

These are the administrative offices:

County Administrator
Administration & Finance Building
One Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-336-7335

Responsible for the day-to-day operation and supervision of the county departments and their divisions and projects.

Clerk of the Board
Administration & Records Building
One Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-336-6526

Responsible for the adminstrative and supervisory functions of the board of freeholders.

Prosecutor
Bergen County Justice Center
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-646-2300

The county's chief law enforcement officer.

County Counsel
Department of Law
One Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-336-6950

Manages all legal matters for the county, and represents the county in litigation.

Bergen County Sheriff's Office
Bergen County Justice Center
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-336-3500

Responsible for providing highly technical and specialized services to local law enforcement agencies.



Parks

Bergen County Parks Department
One Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-336-7275

 

Facilities include scenic overlook and a playground.

14-acre nature preserve with woodlands and wetlands.

Offers hiking, fishing and boating on the lake, cabins and lean-tos to sleep in, sports complex, campfire ring, amphitheater, dining hall, and bathroom facilities.

  • Campgaw Mountain Reservation
    200 Campgaw Road
    Mahwah, NJ 07430
    201-327-3500

    Offers unique opportunities such as archery, disc golf, skiiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in a wooded setting. Hiking is available along the marked trails in the 1373-acre wooded park. Campsites are available.

  • Dahnert's Lake County Park
    Midfield Avenue
    Garfield, NJ

    Offers playground, picknicking, pathways, fishing and roller hockey

  • Darlington County Park
    600 Darlington Avenue
    Mahwah, NJ
    201-327-3500

    178 acres with 3 lakes offering fishing and swimming on white sand beaches and picnic tables, playground, tennis and handball courts, and wildlife observations.

  • Garfield Artesian Fields
    Boulevard and Gilbert Street
    Elmwood Park, NJ

    offers one softball and one minor league baseball field.

  • Hackensack River County Park
    Hackensack Avenue
    Hackensack, NJ

    28 acres of land along the Hackensack River offering pedestrian trails.

  • Overpeck County Park

    805 acres involving four towns including Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield Park and Teaneck.
    • Palisades Park Sportsplex
      Roosevelt Street
      Palisades Park, NJ

      Offers:
    • Football/soccer stadium - by permit only
    • Athletic Fields (by permit only) - All with press box, scoreboard and public address system
    • Challenger Baseball League (1)
    • NCAA (1)
    • Little League (1)
    • Softball (1)
    • ADA Accessible Playground
    • All-weather running track
    • Field events (shot-put, discus, long jump, and others)
    • Model boating - by permit only

    • Ridgefield Park Area
      199 Challenger Road
      Ridgefield Park, NJ

      Offers:
    • Children's playground
    • Five miles of paths for pedestrian and bicycle use
    • Observation deck/ nature overlook
    • Canoe/kayak launch (car top only)
    • Dock
    • 3,000-seat amphitheater
    • 40-acre open field
    • One softball field
    • One baseball field
    • Two artificial turf soccer fields
    • Six tennis courts
    • Three comfort stations
    • Two concession areas

    • Henry Hoebel Area - Leonia North
      Fort Lee Road
      Leonia, NJ

      Offers:
    • Athletic fields (by permit only) - baseball/softball (1), football/soccer (1), soccer (2)
    • All-weather running track
    • Field events
    • Off-leash dog-park area
    • Andrew Kim Memorial Tennis Courts (4 with lights)
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Fitness Center
    • World Trade Center Memorial

    • Henry Hoebel Area - Leonia South

      Offers:
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    • Basketball
    • Fishing pier
    • Nature Trails
    • Bird watching

    • Bergen County Equestrian Center
      40 Fort Lee Road
      Leonia, NJ

      Offers:
    • Indoor/outdoor riding areas, boarding and lessons

    • Teaneck Creek Conservancy - Teaneck


  • Pascack Brook County Park
    Emerson Road
    Westwood and River Vale

    Offers 79 acres of fishing, picknicking, model boating, playground, tennis courts, pedestrian pathway, athletic softball fields, and basketball.

  • Ramapo Valley County Reservation
    Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202)
    Mahwah, NJ
    201-327-3500

    Offers:
    • Camping (by permit only)
    • Canoe/Kayak access to Ramapo River
    • Cross-Country Skiing
    • Fishing (NJ State Fishing License Required)
    • Marked hiking trails
    • Tent campsites - April-November (by permit only)

  • Riverside County Park
    Lyndhurst and North Arlington

    Stretches 85 acres along the Passaic River

    • Joseph Carucci Area on River Road, Lyndhurst offers:

      Pedestrian pathway
      Off-leash dog-park
      Playground
      Fitness center
      Bocce
      Tennis courts (lighted) & practice wall
      Picnicking - pavilion with electric
      Athletic fields (by permit) - softball (1), baseball (1)

    • North Arlington Area on River Road, North Arlington offers:

      Pedestrian pathway
      Playground
      Picnicking - pavilion, no electric (permit required)
      Tennis courts (5 total - 3 lighted) & practice wall
      Athletic fields (by permit) - soccer (4), baseball (3), softball (2)

  • Saddle River Park

    Saddle River Park is 577 acre park consisting of 5 parks areas linked by a multi-use path in Fairlawn, Glen Rock, Paramus, Ridgewood, Rochelle Park and Saddle Brook.

    • Rochelle Park Area
      Railroad Avenue
      Rochelle Park, NJ

      Offers:
      Picnicking - pavilion with electric (permit required)
      Tennis courts (2)
      Basketball
      ADA accessible playground
      Softball field (by permit only)

    • Otto C. Pehle Area
      Saddle River Road
      Saddle Brook, NJ

      Offers:
      Fishing (NJ State Fishing License Required)
      Picnicking - pavilion with electric (permit required)
      Yitzhak Rabin Tree Grove
      Model boating (permit needed)
      Ball fields - softball (2), and one baseball field (permit needed)
      Playground
      Easton Tower, County Historic Site

    • Dunderbrook Area
      Paramus Road
      Paramus, NJ

      Offers:
      Tennis courts (3)
      Picnicking - pavilion w/electric (permit required)
      Athletic fields (by permit)
      Playground
      Fishing (NJ State Fishing License Required)

    • Glen Rock Area
      Prospect Avenue
      Glen Rock, NJ

      Offers:
      Fishing (NJ State Fishing License Required)
      Tennis courts (2)
      Ice-skating
      Picnicking - Pavilion with electric
      Playground
      Model boating (by permit)

    • Wild Duck Pond Area
      Ridgewood Avenue
      Ridgewood, NJ

      Offers:
      Fishing (NJ State Fishing License Required)
      Picnicking - pavilion with electric (permit required)
      Model boating (by permit only)
      ADA Accessible Playground
      Off-leash dog-park area

  • Samual Nelkin County Park
    Rose Street
    Wallington, NJ

    17-acre area offering:
    • Tennis courts (2)
    • Baseball/softball
    • Pedestrian walkway
    • Playground
    • Fishing (NJ State Fishing License Required)
    • Picnicking - pavilion with electric (permit required)
    • Sledding
    • Ice-skating
    • Dog Park

  • Van Saun County Park
    216 Forest Avenue
    Paramus, NJ
    and
    Continental Avenue
    River Edge, NJ

    146 acres with a wide selection of family activities offering:

    Multi-use pathway/Bicycle - Pedestrian Path: Winding through Van Saun County Park, this 1.5 mile trail takes you by the nationally accredited Bergen County Zoological Park, historic Washington Spring Garden, the Millennium Carousel (fee), miniature train ride, and Walden Pond.

  • Wood Dale County Park
    Prospect Avenue in Hillsdale, Park Ridge and Wood Cliff Lake

    Offers:
    Tennis courts (2 with lights)
    Off-leash dog-park area
    Pedestrian Pathway
    Playground
    Picnicking - pavilion with electric (permit required)
    Fishing (NJ State Fishing License Required)
    Model Boating (by permit)

 

 

Sports & Recreation

Family/Outdoor Fun

  • Bergen County Zoological Park
    Van Saun Park
    216 Forest Avenue
    Paramus, NJ 07652
    201-262-3771

    Home to a wide variety of wild and domestic animals, living in recreated habitats natural to each species. The zoo offers many different species of birds, reptiles, wild animals, as well as a domestic farm animals and the North American Wetlands Aviary.

  • Medieval Times
    149 Polito Avenue
    Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
    201-933-2220

    A unique combination of a medieval banquet and a thrilling competition between Knights jousting to see who gets to rule the day.

Bowling

  • Bowler City
    85 Midtown Bridge Street
    Hackensack, NJ 07601
    201-343-3545

  • Brunswick Fair Lawn Lanes
    22 Maple Avenue
    Fairlawn, NJ 07410
    201-797-5400

  • Holiday Bowl
    29 Spruce Street
    Oakland, NJ 07436
    201-337-6516

  • (The New) Lodi Lanes
    60 Terhune Avenue
    Lodi, NJ 07644
    201-471-7100

  • Montvale Lanes
    14 West Grand Avenue
    Montvale, NJ 07645
    201-391-3400

  • North Arlington Bowl-o-Drome
    200 Schuyler Avenue
    North Arlington, NJ 07032
    201-998-9621

  • Parkway Lanes
    200 Route 46
    Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
    201-791-4680

  • AMF Wallington Lanes
    229 Paterson Avenue
    Wallington, NJ 07057
    201-773-9100


Golf

  • Bogota Golf Center
    30 Cross Street
    Bogota, NJ 07603
    201-489-2400

  • Darlington County Golf Course
    277 Campgaw Road
    Mahwah, NJ
    201-327-8770

  • Emerson Golf Club
    99 Palisade Avenue
    Emerson, NJ 07630
    201-261-1100

  • High Mountain Gold Club
    845 Ewing Avenue
    Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
    201-891-1600

  • Orchard Hills County Golf Course
    Paramus Road
    Paramus, NJ
    201-447-3778

  • Overpeck County Golf Course
    East Cedar Lane
    Teaneck, NJ
    201-837-3020

  • Paramus Golf & Country Club
    314 Paramus Road
    Paramus, NJ 07652
    201-447-6079

  • Ridgewood Country Club
    96 West Midland Avenue
    Paramus, NJ 07652
    201-599-3900

  • River Vale Country Club
    660 Rivervale Road
    River Vale, NJ 07675
    201-391-2300

  • Rockleigh County Golf Course
    15 Paris Avenue
    Rockleigh, NJ
    201-768-6353

  • Valley Brook Golf Course
    15 River Vale Road
    River Vale, NJ
    201-664-5886

Hockey

 

NJ Devils

NY Islanders

NY Rangers

 

Horseback Riding

Bergen County maintains two horseback riding facilities:

  • Bergen Equestrian Center
    Overpeck County Park
    Leonia, NJ

  • Saddle Ridge Riding Center
    900 Shadow Ridge Road
    Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
    201-847-9999

Ice Skating

  • Dietl Ice Skating Rink
    639 Broadway
    Westwood, NJ 07675
    201-664-9812

  • Ice House Skating Rink
    111 Midtown Bridge Approach
    Hackensack, NJ 07601
    201-487-8444

  • John T Wright Arena
    130 Englewood Avenue
    Englewood, NJ 07631
    201-568-3133

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