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Parks & Recreation
Parks and Recreation oversees more than 16,000 acres of preserved open space and recreational facilities located throughout Passaic County. For more complete information regarding the county park system please visit our County Parks and our Preakness Valley Golf Course webpages.

Memorial Bench and Tree Program

The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in partnership with the Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. Board of Trustees offers a Memorial Bench and Tree Program whereby you can commemorate, honor, and remember the lives of friends and relatives. By purchasing either a tree or bench, you will receive a plaque with a message of your choosing to celebrate your loved ones’ life in the location of your choice in the Passaic County Park System. If you are interested in this memorial program, please click on the form below for more information or call (973) 881-4405. 


Memorial Tree and Bench Form


Pursuant to Passaic County Ordinance Section 18: No person shall harm or interfere in any manner whatsoever with the wildlife in or on park premises or any part thereof. (This includes feeding)

Violation of this ordinance is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $200.00 fine.

Feeding deer is never a good idea even though it goes against what people think. A deer’s digestive system is not equipped for the foods that people feed them in our parks. They include bread, pastries, corn, carrots and other vegetables. These foods don’t have the nutritional value that deer need to survive. Even though you think you may be helping the deer by feeding them, they can’t digest what they have eaten so they starve. Feeding deer certain foods also causes conditions known as bloat and acidosis which can also kill them. You may think that the deer in our parks look small and skinny. While this is true, it is probably because they have a stomach full of bread and are still starving. So please don’t feed any animal in our parks!

Contact Us
Darryl Sparta
Director of Parks

Phone: 973-881-4832 

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