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White Plains Considers Making City Plots Parks

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Angelica Molina, of White Plains, thought the Common Council’s consideration of adopting five new parks was a nod in the right direction, however, she thought more playgrounds were in order.

“They can have more playgrounds for everyone, not just for schools,” said Molina, 35, who explained that she often has to wait until the afternoon to bring her 3-year-old son Hector to school parks. “It’s good to have someplace for the kids to play.”

Common Council Chairman Benjamin Boykin and members Dennis Power and Milagros Lecuona proposed turning five city-owned plots into parkland Monday night. City Hall agreed to schedule a public hearing on the roughly 5.76 acres of land Sept. 6.

White Plains may convert three lots near the intersection of Havilands Lane and Ridgeway into a trail connecting Ridgeway to the Maple  Moor Golf Course. Church Street School students may get a new nature laboratory and trail if the city turns 60 through 78 Fairview Ave. into a park.

Other lands up for consideration include 62 through 58 Park Ave., a 1.49 acre parcel along Mamaroneck Avenue between Meadow Way and Carrigan Avenue, and about an acre near where Francis Place hits Bernard Place.

The five proposed parks were selected to help preserve environmentally sensitive sites and enhance trail routes, according to the proposal given to councilmembers.

The prospect of more parkland pleased Alex West, 20, who spends a lot of time at Gardella Park.

“I live in this park. I grew up here,” West said while sitting on the bleachers at Gardella. “Parks are definitely a positive thing. They keep people off the streets.”

West’s only suggestion was to include sprinklers for kids at some of the parks.

Would you like to see more parks in White Plains? What do you think of the proposal? What sorts of parks would be best? Email thoughts to and we'll include your responses in future coverage.

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