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Gedney Park

155 Millwood Rd
Chappaqua, NY 10514

Site: One of New Castle's largest parks, 126 acres of extremely varied topography, with fields, wetlands, a manmade pond (created in 1971 out of a marshy area) and Gedney Brook which flows into pond in valley in the park created by two ridges. Streams, rock walls, steep rocky woodlands and sloping and level woodlands. Road system connects different park areas.

History: The park, purchased in 1965 for $145,000 (NY State paid 50%) under the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Implications of State aid are that use of park may not be restricted to New Castle residents. The adjacent two acre property with house was purchased in 1969 from Edward W. Terwilliger for $42,000, using Parkland Trust funds.

Type: Active and passive.

Amenities


Overall: Road system connects different areas of the park and the different facilities Trail system throughout park, with three different trails, mostly going through wooded land, some steep, and some through rocky areas.

Front area: Picnic shelter at pond, rest room building, sledding hill, wetlands area. Recent improvements: large playground constructed in 1997 with benches, covered bridge over stream; new paved road system in lower area separated from new paved parking area for 57 cars with designated handicapped parking spaces; new plantings (2001); stream and pond native planting with observation deck (2003); small parking area of 4 spaces at end of pond; benches; trail systems at playground (by Boy Scouts), along pond and in wooded areas. Rear area: Picnic area, three baseball fields all with irrigation, bleachers,70 paved parking spaces, small playground (2004), composting toilet building (2003), trail connections from lower area. Electrical wiring installed for scoreboard which not yet installed. New fire road plantings(2005).

Upper area:
Soccer field (no irrigation) with unpaved parking, access road, woodland areas.

Use: Park used heavily at front area playground by children and caregivers; park used heavily by walkers and walkers with dogs,especially in front area; rear area used often in season for Little League,softball and baseball, with children using playground; picnic area used moderately anticipating heavier use if new pavilion installed. Upper area used for soccer games. Rentals of fields and picnic area available on request.

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