croton blog for croton-on-hudson new york

Time to Say "Cheese" Croton

March 16, 2006

As of May 1, 2006, all persons 4 years of age or older MUST PRESENT a photo ID issued by the Recreation Department to use Silver Lake, Senasqua Park and Hudson National Golf Course.

Proof of residency will be required from ALL Village and School District residents purchasing a photo ID. Satisfactory proof of residence includes a driver’s license or other photo ID with the address listed, along with other proof of residence such as a tax bill or recent utility bill. For school district residents, a copy of school tax bill will be accepted as proof along with a photo ID. An old Recreation & Parks photo I.D. card cannot be used as proof of current residency.

ID Photos will be taken at the Municipal Building’s Recreation Office, located at One Van Wyck street, 2nd floor on:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, (not holidays) from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Saturdays, May 13; June 17, 24, 2006 from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon
  • Monday, May 8, 2006 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Tuesdays, June 6 & July 11, 2006 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2006 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 25, 2006 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Photo ID Fee:

  • Village Residents - $ 6.00
  • School District Residents - $12.00
  • Senior Citizens - Free

Photo ID will be valid for 3 years.

On March 20, 2006 6:09 PM, KWilly said:

Wasn’t it required last year? Wait, it was so…

1) The Recreation Department can’t enforce its policy, so it re-enforces its policy as something new so they look like they have more control over the public.

2) It reflects bad on our community to keep out-of-towners out because we look more snooty than we actually are. The snooty ones im talking about are the ones that are in favor of keeping this great village to ourselves.

3) Can we expect the recreation staff to hand check everyones ID? where is the money coming from to pay the employees necessary for this task and how can we support such budgetary gain when we plan on building fields on croton landing, and cutting taxes.

4) What is so bad about out-of-towners using our parks? We do live in this world together and if our town had bad parks we would go to Ossining or any other neighboring town.

5) Georgianna is exactly right that when her and everybody else’s grown kids come “home” to visit they shouldn’t be restricted to see childhood landmarks just because they don’t have a photo ID presented by the Village Recreation Department.

On March 17, 2006 10:10 AM, Mr. Red said:


I couldn’t agree more. It is very aggravating to have to be “restricted” in using Senasqua.

For a small town, we have an awful lot of rules.

On March 16, 2006 1:26 PM, weewill said:

I’ve been on record for several years as being opposed to the requirement to show ID’s at Senasqua Park and continue to be so. A few questions and comments:

1) Does this requirement for 4 year olds and up mean that our kids can’t have a birthday party at Senasqua Park for their little friends, some of whom may not live in Croton ?

2) What about Croton kids who attend schools like St. Augustine’s, JFK, Stepinac, Harvey, Masters, etc.? Their friends and classmates may well live in other communities. Can they not have a pizza party and/or volleyball game at Senasqua after school?

3) When our grown kids come “home” to visit, should they be prevented from using the swings, beach and playgrounds of their childhood? Doesn’t it make sense for them to want to show their kids places they played at as they were growing up?

4) When our grown kids come “home” to visit does it mean we can’t have a family picnic at Senasqua?

5) Why Senasqua Park? It’s a bit more understandable at Silver Lake and Hudson National because we have full time, costly staffing there and our residents have to pay to play. At Hudson National we have limited opportunities so it’s reasonable to limit the spots to Croton residents. But Senasqua?

6) Doesn’t the river belong to everyone? Since we own our whole watrfront, is it right and just for us to deny others access to this treasure?

7) Why not the local playgrounds, the basketball courts, the ball fields?

8) Has Croton become so exclusionary that we don’t want friends or “outsiders” to see what a great, open and welcoming community we are?

Or maybe we’re not aas open and friendly as we like to claim.

Georgianna Grant X Trustee


Recent Articles