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If you throw a stick you’ll find a playground in Westchester.  You probably shouldn’t throw a stick in front of your kid, but your parenting is up to you.  As for playgrounds this is not every playground in Dodge, but it’s a good list of some greatest hits you should try out.

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive resource about all of the County parks what they offer check out this Westchester County run website that includes maps and tons of other info on parks and playgrounds.

Parks with playgrounds:

Jack’s Friendship Garden, New Rochelle (Great playground with some shading throughout the park from umbrellas and trees but largely a sunny playground full of sand boxes, swings, climbing structures, slides and all sorts of other equipment.  The park is divided into two sections with apparatus appropriate for older kids and toddlers.  If you stand in the middle you can get a pretty good vantage point of all of it.  And if you get too hot and need a break you can go feed the (relatively aggressive) geese population who live by the giant pond next to the playground.  If you want to get inside into some air conditioning check out the adjoining Hugonot Children’s Public Library where your library card will get you a choice of their really fantastic selection of kids literature.  The librarians are great here too.)

Julian’s Playground, Pelham (Tunnels, netting, paved scooter areas, two swing sections, toddler climbing areas, mini-zip lines, and tennis courts give you options for toddlers and your six year old).

Flint Park, Larchmont (This one has rope ladders and slides made for older kids as well as a pirate ship play apparatus for little ones.  Great sand box, rock climbing wall and good proximity to soccer, baseball, tennis, paddle and basketball courts.)

Garth Road Playground, Scarsdale (A fenced in playground with multiple climbing structures, slides, swings as well as basketball courts and playing field.  Picnic Tables.  Note, this one is set up next to the MTA train tracks if your kid likes trains or doesn’t.)

Greenburgh Nature Center’s Discovery Playground, Scarsdale (Wood play equipment, full nature center with tours and exotic animals for petting including snakes.  No farm animals.  Fee for some exhibits/tours)

Harbor Island Sprinkler Park and Playground, Mamaroneck (Awesome sprinkler park.  $5 parking, $5 admission for the park including the beach.  Natutical theme with playground pirate ship and lighthouse.  Kids under 6 are free)

Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow (Beautiful views of the water, green space for playing, playground for kids and picnic tables for al fresco dining.  $4 to park)

MacEachron Park, Hastings-on-Hudson (The views of the Hudson are lovely.  The playground equipment has an appropriate, nautical theme.)

Roselle Park, Pleasantville [Awesome playground with seriously huge sandbox (40 feet or so) that includes diggers and other equipment for tearing up some sand.]

Sagamore Playground, Bronxville (Hidden gem of a playground in Bronxville.  Climbing equipment, swings, spongy ground surface, sandbox, kiddy cars for riding, and it’s on a hilltop with great breezes and tons of shade from the huge trees surrounding it.)

Gedney Park, Chappaqua (Beautiful setting with rolling hills, a pond, great hiking trails, playground with sandbox, play house and other equipment.)

 

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