PLEASE NOTE: Weather dependent!...
Come on out and join the GARDEN SKATERS every Wed night! "An eating and drinking club , with a skating problem."
IMPORTANT: Do Not go by the attendance list here! If you're interested in doing this, please come out and join the group. The Garden Skaters Skate Bike and Stroll does this every Wed, weather permitting, and always gets a good turnout. This Meetup is intended to help introduce new people into the group. The Garden Skaters is a program of the Garden State Ski Club.
I can't stress this enough... Don't come late... You will miss the group, and may not find parking. The group gathers in the far left corner of the lot, as you are pulling in.
If you aren't signed up, I have to assume that you're not coming... No need to state so... lol!
If you can't skate, bring your bike (and see if you can keep up...lol)! If you can't bike, bring yourself and walk!
Join us for the WEDNESDAY NIGHT SKATE, BIKE & STROLL, at the Glen Rock duck pond. This is a joint event between the Garden Skaters, The Garden State Ski Club, and this group!
This is a great park. It's a smooth paved path in the shape of a big "Y". It runs through several towns, and the total distance is 14.8 miles, when you go from end to end to end and back! One branch ends in Ridgewood, the other in Rochelle Park, and the other in Glen Rock, where we will be starting from. We no longer do the Ridgewood branch, since it's usually not that well maintained anymore, and was never repaved. We will be going from Glen Rock to Rochelle Park and back, which will be around 12 miles round trip. As Daylight increases, we add extra loops around the Saddlebrook / Rochelle Park area to increase mileage, since we skip the Ridgewood section. We usually take breaks on the bridges, to let everyone catch up. This weekly event always gets a great turnout, and now with MeetUp, it will be even better!
Get there early! We share this lot with a local bicycle club, and they have been getting large turnouts, making parking difficult!!!
WHEN? Every Wed night, weather permitting (this will be a recurring meetup). Official start is 5/1/13, ending sometime in October depending the light and weather. We will be leaving the parking lot at 6 PM sharp, so get there 15 minutes early! In the beginning, since the day light is limited, we will be moving at a faster pace, and taking less breaks. We will be skating/biking 12 miles, along the path from Glen Rock to Rochelle Park.
Please note: Since this is mainly a skating event, and a lot of the group members travel an hour or more to get there, it can be canceled last minute, if there is a good possibility of rain! Even if it rained earlier, and if we don't think the trail had enough time to dry out, we will cancel. Many times the call is made as late as 4:30 PM.
Also, the walkers are not organized. People who are walking generally show up and do their own thing. Hopefully those who are walking will "meet up" in the parking lot as we all gather, and be able to walk together.
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WHERE? Saddle River County Park, known as DUCK POND. We meet at the Glen Rock section of the park.
Dinner to follow @ a restaurant in Ridgewood afterwards (to be decided where during the evening).
We are meeting at the Glen Rock Lake in Saddle River Park, Alan Avenue, Glen Rock NJ (off Prospect - directions below), @ Large Parking Lot ( 2nd lot). We share this lot with the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey, so you will see a bunch of bikers, as well as us. Look for the people on skates. Note: The bike club that we share the lot with, gets a huge turnout, so if you don't get there early, you may not get a parking spot!!
From the Ridgewood Duck Pond head West on Ridgewood Avenue (duck pond will be on your right) and make a left turn on the 11th block, counting on the left hand side, (S. Maple Ave.), go 4 blocks and bear left at the "Y" onto Prospect St. The park entrance is 4 blocks down on your left (intersection of Prospect and Alan Ave.) Drive around the park drive until you come to the second and largest parking lot - the one furthest from the trail head.
From Rt. 4 West exit right onto Saddle River Road heading North. Eight blocks past the Fair Lawn Avenue intersection the road will fork. Bear right at the fork onto Prospect Street. The park entrance is 2 blocks up on the right hand side. Drive around the park drive until you come to the second and largest parking lot - the one furthest from the trail head.
From Rt. 208 exit Maple Ave. North in Fair Lawn. Make right onto Harristown Rd. (first light). Continue on Harristown Rd. to end. Make right onto Prospect Ave. Make first left onto Alan Ave. Continue to park entrance. Drive around the park drive until you come to the second and largest parking lot - the one furthest from the trail head.
From the Parkway North: Take the Garden State Parkway to Route 17 N. (exit on left past the Bergen tolls). Get off at the Glen Rock / Midland Ave. exit. Follow signs for Glen Rock. (Go over bridge), and keep going straight on Midland avenue. The name of the road changes to Grove when you enter Ridgewood. Continue straight until you come to Prospect Ave. At that light, make a left, go 1/2 mile and turn left onto Alan Ave, into the park.
By signing up for this event, you also agree to be bound by the liability waiver set forth in the "Pages" tab at the top of the website.
RISK DISCLAIMER: Please remember this is a social event and not a professionally guided event. By participating in this event, you are agreeing not to hold anyone responsible for injuries or accidents, and you acknowledge skating / biking / hiking / walking is a dangerous activity that could lead to injury or death. Always come prepared and equipped as if you are skating / biking / hiking / walking on your own. In the event of an emergency, your fellow skaters/ bikers / hikers / walkers will do their best for you, but there is no guarantee any of the participants will havetechnical,medical, or rescue training.
By participating in this event you also acknowledge that you understand the level of difficulty and are physically capable, properly attired and have the necessary gear, safety & protective equipment, and supplies required for participation in this activity.