Sports & Recreation
Places to Play Throughout the County
A hotbed of professional sports, Westchester residents cheer on some of the country’s most exciting franchises – baseball’s Yankees and Mets, ice hockey’s Rangers, football’s Giants and Jets, and basketball’s Knicks, to name a few. The county also offers other spectator opportunities, ranging from horse racing to professional soccer, and the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway blends the excitement of live harness racing with simulcast racing and casino games.
If you prefer to be right in the middle of the action, other types of recreation are everywhere throughout Westchester. Counting just county-owned facilities, Westchester has 50 parks and recreation areas, six public golf courses, five public pools and three beaches. In addition, private and municipal recreation options are numerous. Ski slopes are just two hours away, and the area is a favorite among serious golfers, equestrians and boaters. Westchester fulfills its mission as a part of picturesque New England with glorious vistas, quaint farms, rugged outcrops and the sparkling Long Island Sound.
Playland in Rye is the county’s most popular facility, offering an amusement park with more than 50 rides, a beach, a pool, a pier and a boardwalk along Long Island Sound, plus lake boating, mini golf and an indoor ice rink. It’s the only government-owned and operated amusement park in the United States.
Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle is another widely used county park on Long Island South. It offers a crescent-shaped beach, bathhouse, picnic area, boat launch and restaurant.
The 508-acre Croton Point Park, on the east shore of the Hudson River, has camping, hiking, swimming and a launching area for car-top boats such as kayaks and sailboards.
The county’s largest park is the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, with 4,315 acres and a nature museum.
Three multi-use paths – the Bronx River Pathway, the North County Trailway and the South County Trailway – offer miles of safe biking and hiking. More adventurous bike riders will enjoy the country’s three mountain biking areas: Blue Mountain, Sprain Ridge and Graham Hills, with the latter best tackled by experienced riders.
Horseback riders congregate at Twin Lakes Park, home to two equestrian facilities, and explore trails at Twin Lakes Park/Nature Study Woods, Blue Mountain Reservation and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
A variety of park-based lakes and ponds are popular spots for outdoor ice skating, and the first snowfall finds cross-country skiers replacing hikers.
Historic estates, sites and mansions – even castles – beckon visitors to explore them.
Westchester also offers a wide range of adult programs through its recreation programs, including everything from dog obedience classes at the Bronx River Road Community Center to rifle, pistol, skeet and archery opportunities at The Sportsman Center at Blue Mountain Reservation. New Rochelle’s programs include tennis lessons for all ages and adult softball teams, and the Village of Mamaroneck has a park with checker tables near a stream.
RiverWalk On Its Way
$7 million project to develop a RiverWalk trailway and revitalize a 7.5-acre waterfront park is in the works as a joint effort of Westchester County and the Village of Dobbs Ferry.
RiverWalk is the county’s planned, 51.5-mile pedestrian trailway that provides access and linkages to recreational, cultural and historic resources along the Hudson River. Thirty-three miles of trailways have already been incorporated, and nearly half of the route, which spans 14 municipalities, is directly along the river’s shore.
“Piece by piece, we are expanding RiverWalk, which will be a magnificent trailway for our residents,” says County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “This park redevelopment in Dobbs Ferry will add a new segment and help the village not only stabilize but also enhance its waterfront.”
Plans for the waterfront park include a RiverWalk promenade, children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, a performance stage, a comfort station, a kayak launch area and lawn space.