Incorporated in 1894, Park Ridge is a 2.6 sq mile residential community with a population of 8,708 according to the 2000 census. It is served by an elected Mayor (4-year term) and 6 member Council (3-year terms). One of the unique features of the borough is that it is only one of nine municipalities to own and operate its own utilities supplying both water and electric to its residents.
The Park Ridge Athletic Association (PRAA) together with the Recreation Committee sponsor, organize and provide the coaches for the many sports programs offered, among them baseball, football, softball, soccer and basketball. All programs begin at the elementary school age and continue up through middle school
First Friends is a unique pre-school program involving the participation of each mother with her child/children. They meet in a comfortable setting within the municipal building in a room complete with visually pleasing murals, suitable furniture, toys and augmented by interesting programs.
The borough is proud of its very active civic groups who regularly participate in many of the borough activities.
Boy Scout Troop 80 has been active in Park ridge for almost 90 years and is one of the oldest troops in Bergen County. Attracting scouts from nearby towns in addition to Park Ridge. Troop 80 offers a very active Outdoors program coupled with opportunities fro scouts to perform meaningful Community Service around the Pascack Valley. Recognized as an award-winning "Quality Unit", the troop also offers a compelling leadership development training program for older scouts (primarily those 14 and older). Troop 80 is very proud of the 105+ scouts who have attained Eagle rank during its time in Park Ridge.
Chamber of Commerce:
The current Chamber of Commerce was organized approximately three years ago and has been steadily growing. It meets on a monthly basis in the Municipal Building.
Houses of Worship:
The brough is pleased to have a diverse choice of houses of worship and that many of their parishioners serve as volunteers on Park Ridge committees and as elected officials.
The restored Victorian train station not only serves the residents as transportation via N.J. Transit but also doubles as a meeting place for various town activities. The square serves as a focal point of the holidays with its massive decorated tree. Nearby the square are bus stops for easy access to New York as well as two commuter parking lots.
Recreation and Cultural Committee:
The Recreation and Cultural Committee provides year-round entertainment and activities for residents of all ages. Their extremely ambitious programs are sustained by a very large all-volunteer committee.
The library was established in 1908 and was originally staffed entirely by volunteers with donated books up to the 1920's. Shortly thereafter the residents of Park Ridge voted to change it to a municipal library and after several moves about town, came to its current location in 1961 and was remodeled and expanded in 1986.