Woodland Park History Department Office
History Of Woodland Park New Jersey
Woodland Park, NJ is a small town located in the heart of Passaic County. Woodland Park was founded in 1871 and has a rich history dating back to colonial America's early days.
Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2020 United States Census, the borough's population was 13,484.What is now Woodland Park was formed as a borough under the name West Paterson, by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 25, 1914, from portions of Little Falls Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 1, 1914.On November 4, 2008, the citizens of West Paterson voted to change the official name of the borough from West Paterson to Woodland Park. The new name retains the initials "W.P." and is a reference to the community's wooded areas. At a November 10, 2008 community meeting attended by 200 residents, a number of residents demanded that a recount be held if the official results showed that the measure had passed. In case the recount demand was unsuccessful, the group discussed filing a petition to change the name back to West Paterson, including discussion of how to raise the $33,000 needed to cover the cost of a special election in spring 2009 for voters to reconsider the name.
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