About Woodland Park
Woodland Park is a suburban town of mountain and river edge neighborhoods. The Borough of Woodland Park is one of sixteen municipalities in Passaic County. The Borough is located in the northeastern section of New Jersey and the lower end of the county, about 20 miles west of New York City Highway access is provided by Interstate 80 in the northern edge of town and U.S. 46 along the southern border. Natural features form the Borough’s other two borders: Garret Mountain on the east and the Passaic River on the west.
Woodland Park is situated to the southwest of the City of Paterson, New Jersey’s third most populous city. To the east is the City of Clifton. To the south and west are the Township of Little Falls and Totowa Borough, respectively.
The postal zip code, 07424, is shared with Little Falls. But, efforts continue to get the United States Postal Service to assign a unique zip code to the municipality.
The Borough is almost three square miles in size. The population in the 2010 U.S. Census, 11,819, makes us the seventh highest in the county. The previous census in 2000 was 10,987, indicating a population increase of 7.6 percent.
We are in the eighth most populated county in the state. But, Passaic County is only the fourth largest in land area.
Though Woodland Park is a highly developed municipality, with a mixture of residential, retail, office, and industrial properties, a significant portion of the Borough remains open space due to municipal parkland, two County parks, and a two reservoirs.
Formerly West Paterson
West Paterson’s name was changed to the Borough of Woodland Park, effective January 1, 2009.
A referendum on the Nov. 4, 2008 General Election ballot, calling for the name change, resulted in a majority of the registered voters in favor of changing the name of the borough: 2,136 Yes to 2,111 No. On Dec. 17, 2008, the Mayor and Council approved a resolution accepting the election results, officially declaring Woodland Park as the borough’s new name.
A second referendum was placed on the Nov. 3, 2009 General Election ballot seeking to have the borough’s name revert back to West Paterson. Voters defeated the question: 2,248 No to 2,216 Yes. Therefore, the borough’s official name remaines Woodland Park.