West Paterson, New Jersey

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Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson[7]) is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 10,987.

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.[8]

On November 4, 2008, the citizens of Woodland Park voted to change the official name of the borough from West Paterson to Woodland Park.[9] The new name retains the initials "W.P." and is a reference to the community's wooded areas. At a November 10 community meeting attended by 200 residents, discussions were made of opposing the result by demanding a recount if the official results show that the measure has passed. If this effort is unsuccessful, the group discussed filing a petition to change the name back to West Paterson, and would consider raising the $33,000 needed to cover the cost of a special election in spring 2009 for voters to reconsider the name.[10] By November 25, 2008, the provisional vote counts had been tallied, and the name change won by 25 votes. The Mayor and Council approved Resolution R08-253 at the council meeting on Dec. 17, changing the borough's name to the Borough of Woodland Park, effective Jan. 1, 2009.[11][12] A referendum held on November 3, 2009 affirmed the name change.

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Geography

Woodland Park is located at 40°53′37″N 74°11′56″W / 40.893698°N 74.198904°W / 40.893698; -74.198904 (40.893698, -74.198904).[13]

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