Traditional New Rochelle Parks and Recreation day camps had to be cancelled this summer because of COVID-19, but with some “outside the box” thinking, our Parks and Recreation staff has developed a great option for parents and kids called “Outside the Box in our Parks”.
“Outside the Box” programs will run Monday through Friday for six weeks, from July 13 to August 21 on a rotating basis at ten parks throughout New Rochelle. All activities will observe safe physical distancing for 1-2 hour time blocks and be limited to 15-20 children per group. Program classes include fitness, STEM, gardening and more, as well as special events like Truck Day and Scavenger Hunt. There’s more in this brochure.
New Rochelle’s uptown Farmers Market at Thomas Paine Cottage opens today, but with special rules for physical distancing, as well as a new option for placing pre-orders to pickup. This flyer contains all the details.
With this weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer recreational season, New Rochelle parks will be open with safety guidelines in place — that means physical distancing and face masks. Please read this press release for all the details.
In celebration of the holidays, the City of New Rochelle is partnering with local community leaders along the Lincoln Avenue corridor to arrange an evening of lights, music, entertainment, and all-around fun. Come “Light the Night” at Lincoln Park on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Here’s more information.
Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was in town this afternoon to deliver some great news: $10 million in State funding for six New Rochelle projects.
You might be thinking that this announcement was already made, and, in a sense, you’d be right. New Rochelle was declared the winner of the State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) last September. But this is the first time that the State has approved dollars for specific projects.
The lion’s share of the award, $6 million, goes to “The Linc,” which will transform much of Memorial Highway into a linear park, creating an exciting new open space asset, and enhancing both safety and mobility between Lincoln Avenue and Library Green.
Other funded projects include safety enhancements on Lincoln Avenue itself, the Black Box Theater and Art Education Center on Main Street, a new park to serve Heritage Homes, zoning to spur entrepreneurial investment and housing opportunities in the Lincoln Avenue area, and construction of a public comfort station within Lincoln Park.
Our application was based on extensive community input and shaped by a Local Planning Committee, consisting of neighborhood, city, and regional leaders.
As a whole, these projects — especially The Linc — will forge stronger physical, economic, and social connections between our burgeoning downtown and the Lincoln Avenue neighborhood, while helping all people in New Rochelle benefit from inclusive, equitable growth and prosperity.
Winning the highly-competitive DRI was one of New Rochelle’s most notable accomplishments of the past decade. I am grateful to the many municipal, community, and county representatives who contributed to our successful application, as well as our State legislative delegation, which has been exceptionally effective in advocating for New Rochelle. With the State’s invaluable financial support, we are poised to accomplish (more) great things.
New Rochelle turned out in force this past Saturday to celebrate the greatest reliever in baseball history, our own Mariano Rivera. Thank you to all the parade organizers and sponsors, especially Joe and Mickie Fosina. And thank you, most of all, to Mariano and Clara Rivera, who have been such active and generous members of our community. What a great day for New Rochelle!