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Twelve Westchester County parks’ playgrounds will reopen for the season on Saturday after being closed due to the coronavirus, County Executive George Latimer shared on Thursday.  

“We appreciate everyone’s patience while we kept our playgrounds closed to ensure the safety of the children of Westchester. With the decline of active cases of COVID-19, we are excited to bring a sense of normalcy, recreation and fun back to the community,” Latimer said. 

The following parks will be open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk: 

  • Blue Mountain in Peekskill 
  • Croton Gorge in Cortlandt 
  • Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson 
  • George’s Island in Montrose 
  • Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla 
  • Ridge Road in Hartsdale 
  • Sprain Ridge in Yonkers 
  • Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River 
  • Willson’s Woods in Mount Vernon 

During this time of reopening, there are new guidelines officials are asking parents and guardians who allow their children on the playground equipment to follow:

  • Do not visit if you are sick, tested positive for COVID-19, or were recently (within 14 days) exposed to COVID-19. 
  • Do not use the playground if it appears crowded. 
  • Wear a mask if you are over the age of two and able to medically tolerate one when not able to maintain social distance. 
  • Maintain at least six feet social distance from people you don’t live with. 
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

Playgrounds will be sanitized twice daily, the county said. 

For more information, visit the Westchester County Parks Department website.

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