Shattenkirk and the Stanley Cup

Members of the New Rochelle Lightning welcome Kevin Shattenkirk and the Stanley Cup to City Hall

Very proud to honor hockey great and New Rochelle native Kevin Shattenkirk at City Hall this morning.  Shattenkirk was a key part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2020 championship team, and we’re thrilled that he brought the Stanley Cup back to New Ro.  Welcome home, Kevin!

Glen Island Testing Center to Close, Allowing Full Park Access

The Glen Island COVID testing center is set to close on June 25th, allowing full access to the park for the first time since the pandemic began.  The opening of the nation’s first drive-thru testing facility was a powerful symbol of New Rochelle’s status as an early epicenter of the virus; now, the full re-opening of Glen Island Park is an equally powerful symbol of our city’s recovery.  Even as we celebrate this milestone, we should also feel gratitude for the dedicated organizers and health care professionals who worked heroically to stand up the center in the midst of a crisis, and whose tireless efforts since then have been critical to our region’s pandemic response.  Here’s more from the Journal News.

Safe Fun in the Sun

A new sunscreen dispenser at Jack’s Friendship Garden

To kick off a fun and healthy summer, Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital has teamed up with our Parks and Rec Department to offer free SPF 30 sunscreen through contactless dispensers in parks throughout the city.  A total of 15 free sunscreen dispensers will be available at various locations, including playgrounds, ball fields, and beaches.  More in this press release.

Pet-Friendly (and Human-Friendly) Parks

Following careful analysis by our Department of Parks and Recreation, the City Council has voted to approve two significant changes in our city-wide park policies: (1) dogs will now be allowed in all parks, provided they are on-leash, excluding playground areas, athletic fields, beaches, and tennis courts (dogs will continue to be permitted off-leash in Paws Place); and (2) smoking will now be prohibited in all parks.  Arriving in time for the summer season, these changes are aimed at making our parks more accessible and healthy.

Arbor Day 2021

Thank you to the First Graders from Ward Elementary School who helped us plant a white oak sapling at Ward Acres this afternoon, in honor of Arbor Day.  Learn how to order your own free roadside tree.  Happy Arbor Day!

Heritage Park Groundbreaking

Breaking ground at Heritage Park. The little girl second from the right was the undisputed star of the show.

Very proud to join neighbors and colleagues this morning at the groundbreaking for the new Heritage Park, the first of several important projects to move forward under New Rochelle’s DRI, which provides for historic investments along the Lincoln Avenue corridor.  More information in this press release.