As a result of the increased risk of fire caused by recent dry and windy conditions, County Parks Commissioner Joseph A. Stout announced today, March 29, 2006, a ban on open fires at all county parks—including Croton Point park—by saying “The combination of windy days and a lack of rainfall this early spring has caused many parks to become extremely dry”. He further added “Until we get some substantial rainfall, we ask that all visitors to our parks take precautions to protect our parkland.”
Additionally, during the ban, charcoal and propane fires will only be permitted for cooking in permanently-fixed grills in the parks. No open fires are permitted. The Parks Department will continue to monitor conditions on a daily basis and will re-evaluate the ban if any appreciable rainfall occurs in the next several days.