(201) Best of Bergen 2016 Edition - Page 86

“Our favorite thing to do in Bergen County is taking our younger son to Van Saun Park! What a great way to enjoy a local place and a wonderful Sunday activity.” TEANECK’S ITAMAR AND RACHEL CARMI, OWNERS OF BERNIE MEV SHOE COMPANY BEST FOURTH OF JULY PARADE Ridgewood For a decade, readers have been lining up their beach chairs and casting their ballots for Ridgewood. Revelers enjoy the spectacle from Godwin Park to Village Hall – all in celebration of American Independence. Floats and fire trucks, pipers and police, and the award-winning Ridgewood High School Marching Band make the morning promenade through the village a treasure to behold. RUNNER-UP: RIDGEFIELD PARK Parades are popular throughout Bergen, but especially in Ridgefield Park, where the annual Fourth of July Parade is an event not to be missed. BEST GOLF HOLE No. 12 and No. 16 (pictured) Hackensack Golf Club 880 SOLDIER HILL ROAD, ORADELL (201) 261-5500, HGC.ORG Hackensack Golf Club can boast two of the best holes in Bergen. Sloping severely from right to left, No. 12, or Redan, is a par 3 and is guarded by bunkers front and back. No. 16, or The Punchbowl as it is known to course regulars, is a 425-yard par 4 hole that plays to a gently rising fairway. Both holes are tough, but exciting to experience. 84 2016 EDITION | (201) BEST OF BERGEN GUIDE (201) Editor’s Pick FAVORITE PICKUP BASKETBALL GAMES Milton A. Votee Park PALISADE AVENUE, TEANECK Every town has its public basketball courts where kids or adults gather for pickup games. But if anyone wants a real challenge, try the courts at Votee Park in Teaneck. Games are usually going on from early morning until the lights shut off. Teaneck High School has won several Bergen County Jamboree Championships, along with its neighbors, Hackensack High School and Dwight Morrow in Englewood. The mix of locals and out-of-towners looking for a good run, make this park the place to watch or play in a good game. CHOSEN BY ASSOCIATE EDITOR SAM PASSOW ITAMAR & CARMI: COURTESY OF REVITAL TOPIOL; VOTEE PARK: DANIELLE PARHIZKARAN; PARADE: MARION BROWN; HACKENSACK GOLF CLUB: COURTESY OF THE HACKENSACK GOLF CLUB Things To Do