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Westchester County Sports Hall of Fame

Nominations of candidates are now being sought for this year’s Westchester Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honors outstanding professional and amateur sportsmen and sportswomen, living or deceased, who have gained prominence in their fields and who have made substantial contributions to sports in Westchester County. Since its establishment in 1968, the organization has inducted 219 individuals into its prestigious membership ranks.

A prospective candidate should be a person of integrity and good character who has gained prominence in either professional or amateur sports as a player, coach, manager, official, owner, writer or broadcaster.

Nominees are reviewed by a committee that selects those who best meet or exceed the criteria of the Hall of Fame. Induction will take place this fall, when each member will be presented with a trophy and have his or her name inscribed on a plaque in the Sports Hall of Fame gallery at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

All nominations must be received by Friday, May 30. Completed nomination forms must be mailed to Westchester Sports Hall of Fame, c/o Kevin Cook, 450 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, NY 10502.

The Sports Hall of Fame is sponsored by Westchester County Parks. For more information, call (914) 231-4564.

Muscoot Farmers MarketSeveral of our county properties publish their own events calendars, viewable below. Be sure to plan in advance, because many of the events listed require advance registration.

Nature Centers
A little curious about how buds become leaves pretty much right on schedule each year? Or how to tell the difference between a moss and a lichen? Maybe you’d like to take a guided hike through the woods or a field of wildflowers, or see how maple syrup is made right from the source, or even pitch in on a conservation project. The Westchester County nature centers host a great variety of interpretive and volunteer programs every weekend of the year. Come out and meet our naturalists and curators, who make natural science fun for everyone. See what's going on at the nature centers.

Muscoot Farm
Westchester County’s Muscoot Farm, a 777-acre interpretive farm also presents a full slate of fun and educational programs for people of all ages and interests. Learn about Westchester’s agrarian past, in the early days when Muscoot was a gentleman’s farm. Hike the fields, check out the vegetable and herb crops in season and visit the farm animals in season. See what’s going on at Muscoot.

Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veteran’s Memorial
Two hundred thirty-four magnificent acres of gardens, tree groves, superb vistas and inspiring memorials to Westchester’s men and women who have served their country in various branches of military service, is a great destination at any time of year. See what’s going on at Lasdon.

Parks Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor

“To create life-enriching experiences at safe, clean, affordable parks and preserve our natural resources through responsible leadership.”

This mission statement sums up what we strive to do here at Westchester County Parks, 365 days a year. We host hundreds of sports, entertainment, educational and community events throughout the year, on our more than 18,000 acres of parkland, that includes more than 50 facilities ranging from golf courses, pools and beaches, parks, trailways and nature centers, an events arena and historic sites, to a working farm and arboretum.

We think our department is one of the best in the country, and so does the National Recreation and Parks Association. This prestigious national organization has awarded us  with accreditation for the third time, making us one of only 37 nationally accredited park departments in the country, as well as the only accredited park system in New York State. So this prestigious recognition is truly a feather in the cap for our parks department and we couldn’t be more proud.

Best of all, it is we, the residents of Westchester County, who get to enjoy the direct benefit of this accreditation through the many facilities, programs and events that are available to us through the tireless efforts of the Parks department.

If you’re not familiar with our great park system, take some time to check out this website to see all that is available to you through your parks system, ranging from golf courses, pools and beaches, trailways and nature centers, an events arena and historic sites, to a working farm and arboretum. And, be sure to take a look at our online publication "Backyard Magazine," which features ourveryown “Top Ten” list with things to see and do and places to go to get you started exploring.

For more about what we are doing in Parks, read our 2014-15 progress report.

Kathleen O'Connor, Commissioner
Westchester County Parks