Recreation Facilities & Parks
The Village of Briarcliff Manor maintains an impressive inventory of passive and active recreational facilities and parks. Village residents are invited to enjoy the amenities each site has to offer. The following is a listing of the Facilities available to Briarcliff Manor residents:
- Chilmark Park - The Village purchased this 8.3-acre site located on Macy Road after years of service as the Chilmark Country Club. Chilmark Park offers tennis players two surface variations, with two red clay courts and two har-tru (green clay) courts. The park also features six Pickleball Courts, a half-court basketball court, a soccer field, a baseball/softball field, and a wonderful playground.
- Jackson Road Park - This park covers 4.76 acres and was dedicated in 1975. It features two half-court basketball courts; one with a standard 10-foot high rim and one with a rim height of 9 feet for younger players. Neighborhood youngsters can also enjoy playing on the playground and swing sets. Approximately half of the park property is still undeveloped and primarily consists of wetlands.
- Kate Kennard Trail - Officially dedicated in 1988, this mile-long trail is part of a permanent public easement made possible by the Rosecliff residential development. The trail begins on Long Hill West, just west of the Aspinwall Road intersection. The trail is named for the daughter of a former Mayor who fell victim to a fatal childhood illness.
- Law Memorial Park - Located in the heart of the Village on Pleasantville Road, this seven-acre park was gifted to the Village by its first family, Mr.& Mrs. Walter Law. The Village Pool complex is the park's biggest attraction, featuring 120 feet by 75 feet main pool and a 30 feet-diameter circular wading pool. A new two-story Bathhouse/Pavilion was completed in 2001 in conjunction with a major rehabilitation project. The park also offers four tennis courts with lights for evening play; three clay courts and one year-round all-weather court. Adjacent to the tennis courts is a playground that includes swings and plays structures for children 2-5 and 5 to 12 years old. Two platform tennis courts are located just north of the park and the Village Library/Community Center can be found on the Park's eastern edge.
- Lynn McCrum Field - Officially named after Briarcliff's first Village Manager and dedicated in June 1999, McCrum Field is located on the corner of Chappaqua Road and Route 9A. This site features a multi-purpose youth sports playing field that is utilized as either two youth-sized baseball/softball fields or two youth soccer fields. The park includes parking for approximately fifty (50) cars, as well as a restroom/utility building.
- Neighborhood Park - Dedicated to the Village in 1954 and added to in 1958 and 1964, this 5-acre site is located at the corner of Whitson and Fuller Roads and backs up to Schrade Road. The Whitson Road side of the park features a youth baseball field, and from the Schrade Road entrance, a basketball court and playground are available for neighborhood enjoyment.
- Nichols Nature Area - This 3.8-acre site was acquired in 1973 as part of a residential subdivision. Steep slopes virtually assure that this land will remain in its natural state, and continue to serve as home to many of our region's flora and fauna. The site is only accessible from Nichols Place.
- Old Croton Aqueduct Trail - This trail follows the aqueduct from Croton to New York City. It is operated and maintained by the State of New York for your enjoyment. Our access to the trail is off Scarborough Road, north of the Scarborough Fire Station.
- Pine Road Park - This 66-acre parcel was acquired in 1948 and added to it in 1963. It is located between Pine Road and Long Hill Road East and is presently undeveloped. We anticipate that this site will see the development of new, marked hiking trails soon!
- Pocantico Park - Holding the distinction as the Village's largest park, this 70.9-acre site was acquired in 1948 and added to in 1963, 1964, and 1967. The park abuts the Pocantico River and is home to a large number of animals found in the region including the white-tail deer. Currently, two different hiking trail loops have been marked, and our trailhead can be found at Laurel Lane, off Cedar Drive East. Please consider downloading the "Hiking Project" app, a GPS-based trail guide that includes several Village trails, as well as other trails of interest both locally, nationally, and internationally!
- Recreation Center - The "Rec Center" was purchased by the Village in 1980 after serving as the clubhouse for the Chilmark County Club. Located within Chilmark Park, at 48 Macy Road, the Center is currently closed for public use and is only utilized as an off-season storage location for Recreation, Parks, and DPW equipment.
- Scarborough Park - Plan a picnic supper at this park! Incredible sunsets, and the sights and sounds of the majestic Hudson River, await you at this six-acre, 100-plus-year-old park. Bring your fishing poles for some great fishing. This riverside park, located right next to the Scarborough train station, is one of the hidden jewels of the Village's park system, and the Village recently completed improvements that included shoreline stabilization work, as well as the addition of new paths, benches, trees, and landscaping.
- Village Pool - Please see the description under Law Memorial Park.
- Westchester County Bike Trail - Our access to the "North County Trailway" is located behind the Briarcliff Manor Library, off Pleasantville Road. The trail extends north along Route 100 into Millwood, and south along Route 9A to Route 117.
- William J. Vescio Community Center - Housed within the expanded Briarcliff Manor Public Library building in Law Memorial Park, the WJV Community Center opened for public use in 2016. The Center is now the home to multiple Recreation and Library programs, Village Board and Committee meetings, and is also available for private rental by residents and local community groups. The Center is an adaptive re-use of what was once the Briarcliff Manor Train Station, built in 1909 by Walter Law to serve as the Village's access point to the old Putnam Division railroad (the old railway bed is now the "North County Trailway"). The Center also serves as a cable and emergency broadcast center, a warming and cooling center, and an emergency municipal relocation center complete with kitchen facilities and bathrooms. From a technological perspective, the building is equipped with public Wi-Fi and an electrical generator capable of servicing the entire Library and Community Center complex.