America’s First County Park System: The 100th Anniversary of the Westchester Park
Thursday, July 14, 5:30 pm
This year marks the 100 th anniversary of the first county park system in America. In 1922 the Westchester Park Commission was incorporated, pioneering the establishment of an extensive network of open space, nature preserves oases, roadways through scenic areas, and abundant opportunities for recreation. Beginning with the Bronx River Parkway Commission, to the amassing of thousands of acres of property, this 60-minute digital slide presentation reveals the early story of Westchester’s extraordinary park system. A fitting way to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month!
Historic Gardens of Westchester
Thursday, August 11, 5:30 pm
We invite you to step into lush, magnificently designed gardens and experience a variety of historic eras and fascinating cultures – through a virtual visit to some of Westchester’s fabulous public gardens. This 75-minute, richly illustrated presentation will include images both past and present of the restored colonial gardens at the Jay family properties, the gilded age property of Lyndhurst, the serenity of the Japanese Stroll Gardens in North Salem and the impeccable Persian designs of Untermeyer Park, and more. You’ll also meet (and thank!) the architects, the horticulturists, the philanthropists and the visionaries that made these spaces open to the public today.