Westchester County

VE Macy Park

VE Macy Park

V. E. Macy park aerial viewThis 172-acre park is centrally located in the county and a perfect spot for group picnics. Acquired in 1926, the park was originally called Woodlands Park, but was renamed for V. Everit Macy, the first Commissioner of Public Welfare. In fact, he was the first Westchester County Commissioner of any kind.

A scion of the wealthy Macy family, he first ran successfully on the Democratic ticket for Superintendent of the Poor for Westchester in 1914. Influenced by the infamous Republican William Boss Ward, Macy was re-elected on the Republican slate in 1920 and 1923. His title was then changed to Commissioner of Public Welfare, the first such post in New York State. He later served as chairman of the County Parks Commission.

V.E. Macy park is divided into three distinct areas. One section features ballfields, a playground, comfort stations and picnic pavilion. The Woodlands Lake section is an excellent spot for fishing and ice skating, provides access to the South County Trailway and is home to the inspirational Great Hunger Memorial. The final area is largely undeveloped.

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Wheelchair accessibleParkingRest roomsPicnickingpicnic shelterPets must be leashed. Waste bags provided for clean up.PlaygroundTrail head fishingSwimming prohibited Please recycle

  • Directions: Saw Mill River Road, Route 9A, Ardsley10502 (picnic areas and ballfields);Woodlands Lake (Great Hunger Memorial) at VE Macy Park, Saw Mill River Parkway, Irvington
  • Park hours: Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to dusk, year-round.
  • Phone: (914) 946-8133
  • County parks map & guide
  • Dogs: Must be leashed.

A section of V.E. Macy Park has been renamed as The Great Hunger Memorial so that the history of the Irish who fled to Westchester in the 1840s to escape poverty and famine will never be forgotten.