We are very proud of our Recreation and Parks Department in New Castle, where there is something for everyone. We have one of the finest art workshops in Westchester County, along with a wide range of children’s programs from infants to toddlers and pre-schoolers as well as a very successful dance program. Looking for camp? We offer Summer Camps for children ages 4 through 8th grade along with Specialty Camps such as Soccer, Lacrosse and Basketball. Annual events include the much loved Halloween Ragamuffin Parade, a free Fishing Derby and a very challenging 10K Road Race which traverses the hilly terrain of New Castle. In cooperation with the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, we offer a series of summer concerts at Recreation Field. We have our fair share of youth sports here in town as well; youth athletic programs include Baseball/Softball,
Lacrosse, Soccer, Field Hockey,
Football, Wrestling and Basketball.
For more info, call 914-238-3909 or visit mynewcastle.org
Robert O. Snyder
Superintendent of Recreation & Parks
Exploring our Grand Parks
One of New Castle’s greatest draws is its natural beauty with its very own network of parks and sanctuaries. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Town boasts an award winning park system, states Snyder. “We are proud of our 549 acres of parkland which comprises seven separate parks and two preserves.” Town parks and preserves include Amsterdam, Burden, Gedney, Glazier, Millwood Park, Recreation Field, Sunny Ridge, Warburg, and Whippoorwill, with facilities including hiking trails, ball fields, and playgrounds.
The Saw Mill River Audubon Society, with headquarters at 275 Millwood Road in Chappaqua, maintains eight local wildlife sanctuaries. Two in particular, Pruyn Sanctuary and Pinecliff Sanctuary, are ideal for a leisurely country walk. Trail maps are posted at each site and the trails are open to the public from dawn to dusk.
Pruyn Sanctuary (pronounced Prine), 92 acres off Route 133, has three miles of wide open walking and running trails. Public Parking is available at both entrances, the garden entrance at the Pruyn home (off Route 133, two miles east of Millwood or just before the train entrance at the end of Woodmill Road.
Following the Fern and Pruyn trails will take you on a dirt road with sections of boardwalk through a pond, arboretum, and a butterfly and hummingbird garden. There’s enough terrain change to make this an interesting walk requiring moderate endurance. If you prefer something less rigorous, try the Pinecliff Sanctuary at the end of Pinecliff Road in Chappaqua. This site offers a quarter mile of wheelchair accessible boardwalk, allowing everyone the chance to experience nature. Benches and interpretive signs dot the path taking you through a pond and red maple swamp, a especially rich habitat of local birds. Stroll through in ten minutes or repeat the loop, or try the additional half mile of upland trails which connect to the boardwalk.
New Castle also maintains several area parks ideal for walking and running include Gedney and Whippoorwill Parks. Gedney Park, the less remote of the two, has a year round comfort station, and a popular playground. Whippoorwill is populated with wildlife so be cautious.
And whether you are rollerblading or just looking for the perfect place to push a stroller, your best best is the 26-mile North Country Trailway maintained by the Westchester County Department of Parks. A popular section of the trail starts in Millwood. Public parking is just off Route 133, near Millwood Town Plaza. Take the well paved path north to the trailway bridge where you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty. Walkers, bikers, hikers and in line skaters are all welcome. Use caution where the road crosses public roads. For trail maps and parking information, visit westchestergov.com