Westchester residents can enjoy excellent outdoor winter recreational activities close to home at a variety of locations throughout the county that provide ideal opportunities for skiing, skating and sledding for all levels of ability. You must bring your own equipment; no rentals are available.
Weather permitting, cross-country skiing is allowed seven days a week during daylight hours at the following locations: Blue Mountain Reservation, Welcher Avenue, Peekskill; Croton Gorge, Route 129, Cortlandt; Croton Point Park, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson; Kitchawan Preserve, Route 134, Yorktown; Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, Route 35, Somers (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. only); Mohansic Golf Course, Baldwin Road off Taconic Parkway, Yorktown Heights; Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Routes 35 and 121 South, Cross River; Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street off Route 22, North White Plains; Maple Moor Golf Course, North Street, White Plains; Marshlands Conservancy, Route 1, Rye; Saxon Woods Park, Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains; Saxon Woods Golf Course, Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale; Dunwoodie Golf Course, Wasylenko Lane off Yonkers Avenue, in Yonkers; Lenoir Preserve, Dudley Street off North Broadway, Yonkers; Sprain Lake Golf Course, Grassy Sprain Road, Yonkers; and at Tibbetts Brook Park, Midland Avenue, Yonkers.
Ice skating will be available seven days a week during daylight hours, weather permitting. The ice is checked daily at all locations for safety and skating conditions. When the sign “Skating Today” is posted, which indicates safe ice conditions, ice skating will be permitted at the following locations: Blue Mountain Reservation, Welcher Avenue, Peekskill; Kensico Dam Plaza, Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla; Wampus Pond, Route 128, Armonk; Bronxville Lake and Crestwood Lake along the Bronx River Parkway; Twin Lakes, California Road, Eastchester; Willson’s Woods Park, East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon; and at Tibbetts Brook Park, Midland Avenue, Yonkers, where a newly refurbished, heated comfort station building provides skaters with a place to put on their skates, rest and use the restroom during their visit.
To check on skiing and skating conditions by telephone weekdays, call the Westchester County Parks information hotline at (914) 864-PARK or log on to westchestergov.com/parks. Weekends, call the parks directly at the numbers listed in the blue pages of your telephone directory.
Indoor ice skating and skate rentals are available at the three-rink, climate-controlled Playland Ice Casino at Playland Park in Rye. The Ice Casino also includes the Playland Skate School, offering professional ice skating instruction and hockey clinics throughout the year, along with a games arcade and a lounge. For more information on skating sessions and fees, call Playland at (914) 813-7059.
For a winter calendar of events, call the Parks Department at (914) 864-PARK or log on to www.westchestergov.com/parks. To receive weekly updates about County Parks programs and events via e-mail, follow the homepage link to subscribe to the Parks E-Club.
All winter activities in County Parks take place as part of “BeFit Westchester,” a county-wide effort to get people to eat smarter and play harder every day. To join BeFit log on to www.westchestergov.com/fitness, or call (914) 864-7144.