Our History

Our History 2017-05-03T19:16:39+00:00

Westchester Parks Foundation (then called The Friends of Parks, Recreation, and Conversation in Westchester) was established in 1977 by a group of dedicated civic and philanthropic leaders. At a time when public dollars were extremely limited and unavailable to support Westchester County’s quality parks and recreational programs, these leaders were determined to restore our County Parks to their splendor. They developed an organization titled “Friends of Parks, Recreation and Conservation in Westchester.” In 1978, they designated the organization a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Westchester Parks Foundation supports the Westchester County Parks system, which comprises more than 50 parks and recreation properties, spanning more than 18,000 acres – a tribute to people of vision who created one of the finest park systems in the country. In 2003, the Westchester County Parks were accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association, and was the first county agency in New York and one of only 47 agencies in the country to earn that distinction.

Over more than 35 years, Westchester Parks Foundation has invested over $15 million to enrich the park experience for all residents through improvements, projects and programs, volunteerism, and more.