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"Rich History, Bright Future"

Parks and Recreation


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

Special Summer Events

Archery 2019Come Try Archery

Archery is one of the world's oldest sports, and you can enjoy free classes hosted by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Rutgers 4-H Cooperative Extension of Passaic County.

From 2 to 4 p.m. on May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, July 6 and July 20, join us for free archery classes at the Great Meadow in Garret Mountain Reservation, located at 8 Mountain Ave in Woodland Park. All instructors are seasoned professionals that teach the sport of archery in a safe and family-friendly environment.

For more information, contact Jan at (973) 881-4833.  




Birdwatching 2019Bird Watching

Get to know the birds of Garret Mountain at this free bird watching event, hosted by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Audubon Society. The group will meet in the three tiered lot at 8:30 a.m. Please bring your own binoculars. 

More dates to be announced. For more information, contact Jan at (973) 881-4833. 


Fly Fishing 2019Free Fly Fishing Clinic

Looking for a new way to enjoy some time outdoors? On June 6 from 6:30 p.m. to dusk, join us for a free clinic on fly casting. This event is open to the public and all materials will be provided. 

RSVP to info@jwffclub.org. For more information, call (973) 881-4833. 

Fitness Training 2019

Free Fitness Training

You don't need a gym membership to get fit and exercise. Goffle Brook Park features an outdoor fitness circuit available to anyone. Get classes from trained professionals on how to use our equipment, and use those lessons all year round. All classes are designed for every level, and you can come to any class at any time. Dates and times to be announced. 

For more information, call (973) 881-4833. 



Yoga 2019Free Yoga Sessions

Looking to relax this summer? Join us at Garret Mountain's Overlook and Goffle Brook Park's Fitness Circuit for free yoga classes. Classes are designed for all skill levels.

Dates for each class to be announced. 
For more information, call (973) 881-4833. 


Dog Training 2019Free Dog Training

Does your family have a new dog or puppy that needs to get trained? You do not have to spend a fortune training Fido. 

Come to Passaic County's free dog training sessions in Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne. Each session is guided by a licensed professional. Dates and times of each class to be announced. 

For more information and cancellation updates, call (973) 881-4833.