A press release from the Friends of Westchester County Parks.
Friends of Westchester County Parks last Wednesday celebrated the pledge by Green Mountain Energy Company to donate at least 30 new trees to the organization with a ceremonial tree planting next to the Miracle Field in Ridge Road Park, one of the 50 parks that comprise the Westchester County Parks system.
“We are grateful to Green Mountain Energy for this significant contribution that will be used to support the sustainability of Westchester’s parks,” said Friends of Westchester County Parks Executive Director Joseph Stout. “As we become more and more aware of the all the benefits our parks provide – recreational, aesthetic and economic – we must encourage support from those who reside here and companies that do business here. This is another excellent example of a public partnership that is so vital to the health and vitality of our parks.”
Westchester County has more than 18,000 acres of parkland, six nature centers, six golf courses, four pools, four campgrounds, 200-plus miles of trails and boulevards, the Westchester County Center, an interpretive farm, a themed amusement park, and myriad other recreational amenities and programs. The study concluded that Westchester County’s Nationally Accredited park system is a significant reason to live, work, visit and have a business in the County.
“We thank Green Mountain Energy for recognizing the importance of our parks to those who live and work in Westchester County,” said Friends of Westchester County Parks Board Chairman Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson. “In our current economic climate, it’s especially important that we look for ways to partner with businesses and organizations as we work to support our parks.”