Parks & Recreation
From the first buds of spring to warm summer days, to colorful autumn foliage to pristine snowfall, the City of Yonkers offers a variety of activities at many of the over 100 parks and playgrounds. These facilities provide the setting for a wealth of recreational year-round opportunities and activities. Swimming, tennis, golf, softball, baseball, hiking, sledding and basketball are just a sampling of the outdoor fun that Yonkers residents can enjoy in municipal and county-owned open space and parks throughout the area. Organized activities in conjunction with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and the various Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the city offer an array of recreational pleasures.
The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation operates Untermyer Park located in the northwest quadrant of the city. Featuring splendid views of the Hudson River, a Greek amphitheater and ancient Grecian gardens, Untermyer Park is the crowning jewel of the city’s parks system.
The department also operates 69 other parks and playgrounds, 74 malls, 51 ball fields, 36 tennis courts, two platform tennis courts, 50 outdoor basketball courts, a rifle range (the Coyne Park Rifle Range), nine greenhouses, two indoor swimming pools (the Linden Street Pool and the Yonkers Avenue Pool), a skating rink (the Edward J. Murray Memorial Skating Center), 1-1/4 mile track, two picnic areas, 15 senior citizen centers, a youth center and five year-round recreational community centers:
Peter Chema, Sr. Community Center
435 Riverdale Avenue
Coyne Park Community Center
777 McLean Avenue
Charles A. Cola Community Center
945 North Broadway
Bronx River Road Community Center
680 Bronx River Road
Nodine Hill Community Center
140 Filmore Street
The Yonkers Recreation Pier stands at the foot of Main Street. This unique 100 year old steel structure has recently been completely renovated, as part of the city’s downtown revitalization plan.
The annual Yonkers Marathon, the second oldest of its kind in the country, is sponsored by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. This race attracts world-class runners and thousands who come out each year to cheer them on.
Walkers can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the newly created linear Esplanade Park along the scenic Hudson River or the newly “day-lighted” saw Mill River in Larkin Plaza.
Westchester County Parks
The 40-acre Lenoir Preserve, located on the Yonkers-Hastings border, features a spectacular nature center in an urban setting. The preserve has a self-guided trail through pristine woods and fields. Displays and exhibits, along with a nature study, are also offered at Lenoir.
Recent improvements to 160-acre Tibbetts Brook Park feature the creation of a lighted north-end soccer fields, and the state-of-the art swimming pool. A picnic area, hiking trails a nature study area and six all-weather tennis courts add to your year-round recreational pleasure. The park is conveniently located on Midland Avenue. Cool off in the summer at the Sprain Ridge Park, home of one of the city’s most popular pools or enjoy the playground and picnic area of this 270-acre facility.
Play a round of golf at one of two county-operated public golf courses: the 120-acre Dunwoodie Golf Course and the 130-acre Sprain Lake Golf Course. Both courses feature 18 holes, par 70, plus a putting green. A driving range is available at Dunwoodie. During the Winter, both courses offer cross-country skiing and sledding.
During the Summer months, the County sponsors Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway. The roadway is closed to vehicular traffic from Yonkers to White Plains.
Yonkers Department of Parks
Recreation and Conservation
285 Nepperhan Avenue
Westchester County Department of
Parks Recreation and Conservation
Coyne Park Rifle and Pistol Range
777 McLean Avenue
Edward J. Murray Memorial Skating Center
348 Tuckahoe Road
Tibbetts Brook Park
Photo of Untermyer Park – courtesy of Donna Davis