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Sports, Recreation, and Fitness

V.E. Macy Park/Great Hunger Memorial

MapIrvington, NY
  • Parks & Public Gardens


This 172 acre park is a great spot for group picnics and is centrally located in Westchester County. A section of the park was renamed the Great Hunger Memorial in remembrance of the Irish who came to Westchester in the 1840s to escape poverty and famine.

Best of Westchester - Editors' Picks

Best Tucked Away Open Space 2008

If you weren't looking for the V.E. Macy Park/Great Hunger Memorial, you'd whiz right by it. The only way to enter the park is from the northbound lane of Saw Mill Parkway. But its inaccessibility is part of its charm because, once you find I, you'll geel as if you've happened upon a secret spot all your own. Pass the metaphorical velvet rope and you'll find a small jewel of open space with a pond, benches, and short walking and bike paths (real fitness buffs can enter the park, and then continue on the South County Trailway), and the Great Hunger Memorial, a sculpture by artist Eamonn O'Doherty commemorating Irish famine.

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Best of Westchester Winners: 2008
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