Hudson Valley News
7:10 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Westchester Parks Department Earns Top Honor

Credit Office of the Westchester County Executive

The parks department in a Hudson Valley county has earned an honor for the third consecutive time - the only county in New York with the honor.

With more than 50 parks facilities, the Westchester County Parks Department has again earned the distinction of being accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association, the highest honor a parks system can earn. County Executive Rob Astorino announced the national accreditation Tuesday, on the one-year-anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which battered several areas of Westchester. Astorino points out that the honor comes despite the parks department’s challenge of recovering from $25 million in Sandy storm damage across 18,000 acres. Other parks and recreation departments with such accreditation include, in Connecticut, the City of New London Recreation Department; in Massachusetts, the Park and Recreation Department in the Town of Sudbury; and in Vermont, the Town of Hartford Parks and Recreation Department.