White Plains, NY — The playground at Willson’s Woods Park will be getting an upgrade, Legislators Lyndon Williams (D – Mount Vernon) and David Tubiolo (R – Yonkers, Mount Vernon) announced.
The County will begin the design phase for the renovation of the playground in Willson’s Woods near Pelham Lake. The Board of Legislators unanimously voted to approve the design phase at the Monday, October 1, 2018 board meeting.“I am pleased to inform you that the playground at Willson’s Woods is getting a long overdue upgrade,” County Legislator Lyndon Williams (D – Mount Vernon) shares with Black Westchester. “We approved $100.000 for the design phase. This is part of a $530,000 renovation project for the 15-year-old playground – it comes as the County is looking at other possible ways to improve the Mount Vernon Park, including investigation of improvements to parking and plans for what to do with the currently unused commercial property enclosed by the park.”
It is part of a $530,000 renovation project for the 15-year-old playground and it comes as the county is looking at other possible ways to improve the Mount Vernon park, including investigation of improvements to parking and plans for what to do with a currently unused commercial property enclosed by the park.
“Our children need access to green space and parks where they can play, be social and just be kids in a healthy, safe environment,” Legislator David Tubiolo (R – Mount Vernon, Yonkers) said. “That’s why I’m excited that the playground in this jewel of a park is going to be renovated. Open space is especially important in Mount Vernon, which has the highest population density in Westchester, nearly 17,000 people per square mile. I full-heartedly support this project for present and future generations of children.”
Willson’s Woods is one of the oldest parks in the county parks system. It was named for the former owner of the land, Charles Hill Willson of the Willson & Adams Lumber Co. It was acquired in 1924.
The park is characterized by a beautiful bathhouse set along the local road that bisects the park. The bathhouse and one million-gallon pool were completed in 1928. The two-story bathhouse was designed in an English Tudor revival style and is presented in a striking mixture of brick, stone, wood and stucco. The grand entrance is marked by a large arch with stone voussoirs and two side portals.
The park is well-known for its waterpark, Willson’s Waves, complete with a wave pool where you can body surf on three-foot waves; splash downward on an 18-foot high water slide; wander through cascades and fountains in the water playground; or just cool off on the spray deck., water slides, a spray deck and water playground. The park also has areas for picnicking and fishing.
“Renovation to this park is long overdue,” Legislator Williams tells BW. “The Parks Department informed the Board that some of the vendors of parts for the old playground equipment are no longer in business, so getting parts is difficult. The new playground will be safer – with a new poured rubber surface replacing wood chips and it will be more accessible to children and families with disabilities.”