This is River Edge
About River Edge
River Edge, NJ is a small community located in Bergen County in North East New Jersey. With good schools, convenient transportation options, and many attractive amenities River Edge is a favorite destination in the area. With just under 11,000 residents in 4,165 residences River Edge offers something for everyone from shopping, restaurants, free public library, athletic programs for kids and adults, and so much more.
The borough was founded in 1693 but did not take on the name River Edge until 1930 during a period in Bergen County history where numerous towns were being incorporated. The borough is home to the Campbell Christie House, Steuben House, and Demarest House located at the New Bridge Landing Historic Site. River Edge is also home to numerous parks providing walking paths, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball.softball fields, street hockey rink, playgrounds, and other open spaces. The River Edge Swim Club offers a variety of memberships to residents and is open from memorial Day to Labor Day each year. The River Edge Library is free to residents and is part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) and offers programs for all ages throughout the year.
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Why We Love River Edge
It's no secret we love River Edge. We choose to live here for so many reasons including the schools, transportation, library, amenities, and programs for both kids and adults. Here is a video we made that shows off some of what River Edge has to offer.
There are so many reasons to love our small town and we wanted to share just a handful of them. We share our thoughts, events, general happenings, and share with our community everyday on Facebook in our group called This is River Edge. If you live in town be sure to join us by asking to join This is River Edge
River Edge Events
River Edge hosts a variety of events during the year that attract residents new and old. The main events run by the town are the 4th of July festivities and River Edge Day (1st weekend in October). The borough also has a tree lighting ceremony in December which includes carol led by the Girls Scouts, refreshments, and a visit by Santa.
4th of July Festivities
To celebrate Independence Day River Edge hosts a few events, first of which is Music in the Park. This event is typically held on July 3rd and features a live band, food trucks, and some local vendors. It is a great night to get outside, spend some time with neighbors and celebrate our independence.
On the 4th of July River Edge holds its annual parade with participants form youth groups, fire departments, police departments, local officials, bands, VFW, Knights of Columbus, and more. The parade starts at Cherry Hill School and works its way down Bogert Rd to Continental Ave and concludes at the viewing stand at Veteran's Memorial Park.
At the conclusion of the parade is the carnival held at Veteran's Memorial Park. The carnival features rides for the kids, local vendors and community groups, food provided by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and beer truck provided by the Knights of Columbus. This is a very attended event with reunions of old River Edge neighbors throughout the park. It is definitely not to be missed.
River Edge Day
River Edge Day is typically held the 1st weekend in October at Veteran's Memorial Park. It hosts local vendors, town organizations, local businesses, crafts, and food. It is meant to foster involvement in the community and bring attention to local organizations and businesses. The kids can make pumpkin creations or get their face painted and everyone can enjoy a hot dog or hamburger and learn more about the town.
Other events are run during the course of the year by town organizations, churches and businesses. Below is a list of some of the events you may want to attend.
- River Edge Run
- Junior Women's Club Storytime with Santa
- Junior Women's Club Easter Egg Hunt
- St Peter's Fall Carnival
- Little League Opening Day
- River Edge Holiday Tree Lighting
- Santa riding a firetruck through town
- American Red Cross Blood Drive
- Old Time Baseball Game at New Bridge Landing
- Various Historical Events at New Bridge Landing
- Winter Wonderland at Van Saun Park
River Edge offers programs for children of all ages. From reading programs at the library to recreation camp in the summer to sports clinics and leagues there is definitely something for every child.
River Edge Recreation Summer Camp
One of the largest and longest running programs form the recreation department is the playground camp program. This decades long program is a highlight of the summer for borough kids for generations. The camp is run by the recreation department and runs July and August form 9:00am - 12:00pm on weekdays. The camp employs dozens of borough students as counselors making it a great way for teenagers to make some money over the summer as well. the camp runs different programs like a petting zoo, Olympics, street hockey, arts and crafts, as well as field trips to trampoline parks and bowling.
To learn more about the program, fees, dates, and registration follow the River Edge Recreation Department on Facebook here.
REGal is the River Edge Girls Athletic League and it offers programs for girls of all ages in a variety of sports. REGal started as a softball league in 1965 and has grown to one of the largest girls organizations in the state. They offer clinics, leagues, and travel teams in softball, basketball, running, volleyball, yoga, and field hockey.
To learn more about REGal and the programs they run year round visit: www.regalsports.org
River Edge Little League
River Edge Little League was founded in 1952 and has been an extremely popular program for boys of all ages to participate in baseball in River Edge. With both recreational and travel leagues there is spot for all abilities. Most games and practices occur at Memorial Field which boats 2 regulation little league fields. Older leagues play games at Keneth B Gorge Field which has a larger 90 foot basepath field.
To learn more about River Edge Little League visit: www.reittleleague.org
River Dell Soccer
The River Dell Soccer Association runs leagues at the recreational level for boys and girls form Kindergarten to 8th grade in River Edge and Oradell. They use fields in both River Edge and Oradell and mostly play in the Fall. River Dell Soccer also runs the River Dell Blackhawks that is the travel soccer part of the club. Travel teams are available for both boys and girls and leagues run in the Fall and Spring.
To learn more about River Dell Soccer visit: www.riverdellsoccer.org
To learn more about River Dell Blackhawks visit: www.riverdellblackhawks.teamsnapsites.com
River Dell Junior Football
The River Dell Junior Football Association serves both River Edge and Oradell and provides programs for children in flag football, peewee, junior, and senior. Practices and games are held each fall and are held in both towns depending on age level. Their teams participate in the Northern Bergen Junior Football League.
To learn more about River Dell Junior Football visit their website
S.C.O.R.E. (Senior Citizens of River Edge)
All River Edge residents 60 and older are invited to join your peers 2 days a week for activities and friendship.
The S.C.O.R.E. organization meets every Monday and Tuesday at the Temple Shalom from 10am to 2pm. Some of the activities and programs include weekly discussion groups with guest speakers covering health issues, fire safety in the home, finances and other important subjects. Group trips to Atlantic City, the Paper Mill Playhouse and other venues occur throughout the year.
The senior bus is available to all residents 60 and older for shopping, doctors appointments, and for pick-up and return trips from S.C.O.R.E.
S.C.O.R.E. has been an active organization for over 45 years and encourages all interested residents to stop by and meet with your friends and neighbors in this comfortable, welcoming environment.
For more information please use our website information line and someone will return your inquiry or stop in to visit with us on Monday or Tuesday at our meeting site located at the Temple Shalom.
During the course of the year the River Edge Recreation Department runs bus trips to different events including baseball games, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Sands casino, Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Broadway plays and more.
To keep up with planned trips follow the River Edge Recreation Commission on Facebook here.
River Edge Recreation runs both Men's and women's Softball for borough residents. Games are played at Kenneth B George Field adjacent to the River Edge Swim Club. The Men's program runs 2 separate seasons. The Spring/Summer League runs April to August and the Summer/Fall Season runs from September to late October. The Women's League plays June to August on Friday evenings and is open to both River Edge and Oradell residents.
- League Commissioner: Kathy Mitchell
River Edge Schools
River Edge After School Program
The River Edge After School Program is available to all children in grades Kindergarten to 6th Grade who attend River Edge Public Schools. The program is staffed by teachers and teacher's aides specially chosen by the District for this program.
River Edge Library
River Edge has one of the finest libraries you will find in our area due to the programs for all ages, available resources, and the staff. The River edge Library offers a large selection of books, magazines, newspapers, digital books, and other resources that our residents use on a daily basis.
Every week classes are run for children and adults including the summer reading program, concerts, current movie viewings, crafts, wellness initiatives, lego mania, ESL classes, internet access, meeting rooms, notary public, printing services, and so much more.
River Edge Swim Club
The River Edge Swim Club is a private club for borough residents located on Riverside Way near Kenneth B George Field. The club operates form Memorial Day to labor Day every year and offers full time and part time memberships. During the season they offer free swim lessons and the River Edge Rockets Swim team along with other events like movie night, late night swim parties, pizza night, noodle night, activities for kids during the day, and other fun activities for families.
The pool is graded for all ages and abilities with 3 foot, 4 foot, 5 foot, and 11 foot areas along with two diving boards. there is also a kiddie pool with benches and tent covering to provide shade on the hot summer days. lounge chairs are available throughout the grounds as well as picnic area with ice cream and drinks available, basketball courts, playground, shuffle board, board games, and the longstanding stickball field.
Memberships are available through their website as well as more information on the club. Visit the River Edge Swim Club website here.
River Edge Parks
Brookside Park also known as Greenway Park sits at the cul de sac at Greenway Terrace and is accessible from Concord and Monroe via a walking path. The park has been upgraded over the years to include a walking/biking path, playground, swings, and a basketball court. It is a quiet sanctuary hidden amongst residential homes and is a nice spot for a walk or a play date with the kids.
Cherry Blossom Park
Cherry Blossom Park may be the least known park in town as it sits next to Cherry Hill School on Bogert Rd and has a small footprint. The park features a variety of plants and flowers and is a nice place to sit and enjoy the flora.
Kenneth B George Park
Kenneth B George Park is home to a softball and baseball field along the Hackensack River on Riverside Way. It is adjacent to both the River Edge Swim Club and the Department of Public Works. It hosts Men's and Women's softball, youth soccer, youth softball, and older youth baseball teams. It also features a concession stand with bathroom facilities.
Veteran's Memorial Park
Veteran's memorial Park is the largest borough park and is situated along Continental Avenue. The park is host to the summer playground program, 4th of July Festivities, River Edge Day and many other events throughout the year.
Van Saun County Park
Van Saun County Park may be a county park but most of it is actually located in River Edge. Van Saun Park totals 146 acres across River Edge and Paramus and has a ton of activities for everyone including the zoo, multiple playgrounds, walking/biking paths, softball fields, pony rides, tennis courts, carousel, train ride, and much more. Every year the county hosts many events in the park highlighted by Winter Wonderland, movies in the Park, and the Fall Festival.
Learn more about Van Saun County Park by visiting their website here.
River Edge Cultural Center
The River Edge Cultural Center is a non profit organization established in 1995 to promote the arts and culture in River Edge. They routinely sponsor Summer Concerts under the Stars, West Point Concerts, Art Exhibits, Historical Displays, Children's Art Classes, Traveling Exhibits, Student Art Exhibitions, Lectures, Hands-on Workshops, and Culinary Classes, Multi-Cultural Events. The center is located at 201 Continental Avenue and is a fantastic resourse to learn about our culture, take classes and attend lectures and events.
To learn more about the River Edge Cultural Center visit their website here.
River Edge Transportation
River Edge is conveniently located near many major interstate highways (Route 80, Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, Route 287) making it very convenient to travel throughout the area as well as bordering states.
We also have the opportunity to use mass transit in the form of buses and trains that make stops in the borough. River Edge is home to 2 train stations serviced by the NJ Transit system.
River Edge Station and New Bridge Landing Station a part of the NJ Transit system under the Pascack Valley Line. The line runs to the Hoboken Terminal with connections at Secaucus. At Hoboken you can connect to NY Waterways, PATH service, and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. The station is frequently daily by locals who travel into Manhattan and other destinations for work. Parking at the River Edge Station is limited to River Edge residents are allocated by a lottery system.
To find more information on schedules and service areas please use the following links.
- River Edge Station (Info from NJ Transit)
- Pascack Valley Line
- Hudson-Bergen Light Rail
- NY Waterways
River Edge residents have the opportunity to obtain commuter parking permits at the River Edge Rd Lot and the Hackensack Commuter Lot. There is a fee associated with the parking permit as follows as of December 2019.
- $220 annual or $72 quarterly(fo River Edge residents only)
Bus transportation is also a vital element of commuter accessibility to New York City. NJ Transit operates buses throughout the area with stops along Kinderkamack Rd. NJ Transit Bus 165 connects Westwood and New York City with stops in River Edge. The 165 Bus schedule is subject to change. Buses run regularly on weekdays and take about an hour depending on traffic to reach the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.
The River Edge area is services by 3 major international airports Newark Liberty International, John F Kennedy Airport, and Laguardia International Airport with flights to every destination possible. All major carriers are available and schedules are regular. Teterboro airport also offers executive and private air travel that is convenient to River Edge.
River Edge Services
The River Edge Police department is comprised of 25 police officers and 8 civilian employees and is located within Borough Hall at 705 Kinderkamack Rd. The department is split into 3 divisions that have different tasks in serving the borough: administrative division, patrol division, and investigations/community policing division. River Edge is served by the 911 emergency system.
Non emergency calls: 201-262-1233
The River Edge Fire Department was founded in 1900 housed in 2 Companies located at different ends of the borough. Company 1 is located next to borough hall and has 30 firefighters with 3 bays along with Truck 1, Engine 3, and Special Operations Units 1-7. Company 2 located at 55 Ackerson St has 2 bays with Engine 2, Engine 4, Rescue 1, the Antique Engine 2, Marine 1, and Marine 2 boat units.
River Edge Fire Department Website: http://riveredgefire.org/
The River Edge Volunteer Ambulance Service (REVAS) was founded in 1949 and has been answering calls 24 hours a day ever since. The corp is comprised of 35 active members who respond to about 700 calls per year. located at 210 Continental Ave next to memorial Park the corp is active in the community and has an impeccable reputation inside and outside of the community.
To learn more about REVAS, donate or volunteer visit their website: https://www.revas.org/
Department of Public Works
The River Edge Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for the maintenance of borough property as well as sanitation and recycling. The yard is located at 500 Riverside Way where they maintain a recycling center where residents can discard certain recyclable items including glass 7 plastics, paper products, televisions, and other household items. If you are looking to discard of an item and not sure they will accept it contact them directly at 201-599-6276, 6277.
The Department also is responsible for vegetation pickup as well as snow removal and residents are grateful for the tremendous job they do.
DPW Hours of Operation (subject to change)
Monday - Friday 730am - 330pm
River Edge History
River Edge had its first European settlement by Swedish explorer Cornelius Matthew in 1683. It later had bridge crossings erected in 1721 and saw some growth through the 1800s. In 1889 the new bridge was built at New Bridge Landing and still stands today. It is registered on the NJ and national registries of Historic Places as the oldest highway swing bridge in New Jersey.
In 1894 the borough of Riverside was incorporated by referendum vote of 37-3 as part of the boroughitis that spread across Bergen County that year. More development in the borough followed with completion of the first Cherry Hill school in 1901 and the developing of homes along and around Summit Ave in 1905 after the River Edge Land Company bought 14 acres of land in the area.
In 1903 the volunteer fire department was founded and still serves the borough today. The 1930s brought a new name for the borough as it was changed to River Edge. The River Edge Library was established by the Women's club in 1931 and the Bergen County Historical Society opened a museum at the Zabriskie Steuben House in 1939.
The 1940s saw the opening of the current borough hall on Kinderkamack Rd as well as the development of the Clarendon Estates by Charles Reis.
Over the years the borough has grown in size and density adding homes, parks, schools, and other amenities.
For a more in depth history of River Edge visit: http://bergencountyhistory.org/Pages/historyOfRiverEdgeNJ.html
River Edge Real Estate
River Edge is home to diverse range of homes from small 2 bedroom homes and condominiums to the grand estates of Summit Avenue. You can find most types of homes in River Edge including colonials, ranches, split levels, bi-levels, cape cods, condominiums, co-ops, and contemporaries. River Edge average home values of $548,951 in 2018 are about 8% lower than the county average of $600,349.
River Edge Real Estate Stats for 2018
Single Family Homes
- Average Sales Price: $548,951 (Up from $523,993 in 2017)
- Total Sales: 106 (Down from 120 in 2017)
- Average Days on Market: 32 (Down form 52 in 2017)
- Average Sales Price: $297,541 (Down from $329,583 in 2017)
- Total Sales: 7 (Up from 6 in 2017)
- Average Days on Market: 65 (Down form 76 in 2017)
- Average Lease Price: $2,290 (Up from $2,178 in 2017)
- Total Rentals: 38 (Up from 37 in 2017)
- Average Days on Market: 38 (Down form 41 in 2017)
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