The City Council has voted unanimously to name Five Islands Park in honor of Joe Curtis. Mr. Curtis led New Rochelle’s Department of Parks & Recreation (then called “Human Services”) for many years, and achieved near-legendary status among park advocates for his passion and effectiveness. He was instrumental in establishing our modern park system and played an especially pivotal role in creating Five Islands Park.

This honorary designation was suggested by the New Rochelle Rotary Club and supported by a wide range of community leaders, evidence of the many lives Mr. Curtis touched during his long and successful career.