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Ridgewood Council Offers More Habernickel Park Info

Youngsters help out in the kitchen at Health Barn USA, coming to Ridgewood in December.
Youngsters help out in the kitchen at Health Barn USA, coming to Ridgewood in December. Photo Credit: Stacey Antine

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Residents concerned about the leasing of Habernickel's Gate House to Health Barn have been questioning the Village Council about the move.

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To help answer their questions, council members are offering the following answers:

General Terms:

The general terms of the lease are: Rent of $3,700 per month ($44,400 annual); and all utility costs; standard village insurance requirement of $2,000,000 total and the Village named as additionally insured.

Term of the lease is 5 -6 years as allowed by Green Acres for the investment of $50,000+ in interior capital renovations. There are plans to upgrade the kitchen to current standards with basic appliances.

The Recreation Division will maintain an office in the 2nd level of the Gate House to provide onsite control and support as needed.

Traffic Flow

The Recreation Dept. has extensive experience supervising drop off and pick up for programs. On occasion they stagger timing of programs to ensure that there are no traffic flow issues. Their control of the programs will ensure that these issues will be corrected should they arise. Drop off and pick up is in front of the Gate House in the interior of the park. Participants will be instructed to follow the traffic pattern.

Transportation

HealthBarn stated no bus will be used for the summer program. If needed, participants can organize carpools.

During the school year within regular school hours, a mini bus or a larger school bus can be used.

Lighting

Low level security lighting systems will be installed for safety.

Staffing and instruction:

Program perimeters and quality instruction will dictate participants and staffing levels. Each class will include appropriate size for the age group. Younger children have a smaller class size to maintain.

Event scheduling

Birthday parties are held at The Stable; Community Center and at Graydon Pool and other municipal parklands.

Wednesday and Friday evening events will be held inside the Gate House.

Play structure

The HealthBarn curriculum does not include playing on this structure. When the children are leaving with their parents, they may use park equipment. Sign specifications of 3 feet x 3 feet sign are provided in the Lease Agreement. A sign is allowed to the left of the front door.

Field use will not be impacted by HealthBarn. If a request is made it will be reviewed by the Field Committee for availability or conflicts.

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