Beach Path Guided Walk

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PLEASE NOTE*

The Mansion at Crawford Park will be closed for renovation starting February 2018. Please be advised that portions of the grounds may have construction materials and safety fencing. Crawford Park's grounds and its newly renovated pavilion, playground, and sensory garden will remain open. Visitors are welcome!

Please contact the Supervisors Office for options to utilize the grassy areas at the park for your events! 

          For Reservations
           
Please Contact:

Town of Rye Supervisors Office,
222 Grace Church St.
Port Chester NY 10573

Brenda Valentine
Phone: (914) 939-3006
Fax: (914) 939-1465
Email: BValentine@TownofRyeNY.com

Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm                                         

Deeds

The Assessment Office does not prepare deeds.  You need to retain an attorney to have a deed prepared or modified.  We cannot change, add or delete an owner's name from our records unless there is a recorded deed evidencing that change.

As a service to the taxpayers, the Town has made a diligent attempt to maintain and preserve deeds, some of which date back to the 1600’s.

Copies of deeds may be available and can be provided to the owner of the property ONLY for a fee of $.25 per page.  Please note that we may or may not have some of the older historic deeds.

For all others, copies of deeds may be obtained through:

Westchester County Clerk's Office
Land Records Division
110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 995-3080

The County Clerk's website indicates:

To search for a land document, visit Westchester Records Online to determine whether the document you are searching for is recorded in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk.  If the document is recorded in our office and you wish to obtain a copy of it, you can pay a daily user fee to view it online, visit our office, or request a copy of the document  by mail.

2018 Off Season Event Calendar

Introduction

Rye Town Park opened to the public in 1909.  The park is owned and operated by the Town and City of Rye.  The entire park property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.  The park’s 62 acres includes 28 acres of parkland, and a large wildlife pond, as well as 34 acres of beachfront and swimming area, which have historically been known as Oakland Beach and Rye Beach.  

The beach is open for swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  The park is open year-round.  No restroom facilities are available from November through March.  As you walk along the beach path, you will encounter 25 trees directly along the way.  An updated inventory of all the park’s trees determined that as of November 2015 there are 327 trees of 59 species.  

If you start your walk at Edith Read Sanctuary or Playland, you will be following this guide in the reverse order.

Beach Path - South (bottom) to North (top)
Starting Your Walk

Starting from Dearborn Avenue, you will first encounter what is known as the south beach entrance gate.  There are two other entrances along the way.  Back in the early 20th century there was a pier extending out from Dearborn Avenue where steamboats brought park goers to and from New York City.  

Next, come two pavilions on your right.  These are used for special events, such as concerts, art shows, or public benefit events.  They can also be rented for private functions, such as reunions, graduations, weddings, and birthdays.  

You will notice that the administration (towers) building on your left, as well as the pavilions and restaurant on your right, are of a “Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival” style. The building architects were Upjohn and Conable.  The landscape architects were Brinley and Holbrook.  

Several of the trees by the pavilions are hybrid cherry varieties (166, 167,171).  

As you proceed along the path you will pass the middle entrance to the beach.  This entrance is left open during the off-season so that people can walk, jog, play in the sand, or just sunbathe, year round.

On your left you will see a gully that passes under the path to the beach.  This is the overflow stream bed, which allows water to come from the park’s pond to the Sound in times of heavy storms.  The pond receives runoff water from the park and two storm drains on Forest Avenue.  It serves to remove pollutants and nitrogen before the water reaches the Sound.  

On the right you will see the lifeguard and first aid station.  

Scholar Tree

Looking out toward Long Island Sound, you will notice a conglomeration of large rock outcroppings, with a breakwater extending beyond them to the of the park’s beachfront property.  These rocks are the nesting home of two shorebird colonies -- American oyster catchers and common terns.  Their habitats are protected by state law, to promote the regeneration of these threatened species of birds.

In the spring, you will see fairly large numbers of mating horseshoe crabs on the beach.  Unfortunately, their numbers have been declining in recent years.  

On the left side of the path, behind some trees, is a small pavilion which was designed to be a “folly” -- which the dictionary defines as "a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park.”  This folly was designed to look like an artesian spring, such as those in the gardens of Saratoga Springs.  

The building is now being used as a “prop” in the Lawnchair Theatre’s production of Shakespeare plays in the summer.  

Among the species of trees that you will encounter along this part of the path are: Scholar tree (340), honey locust (242), sycamore maple (225), Norway maple (162), mulberry (161), elm (164), and ash (228).  You will also see several linden tree (253) saplings that have been planted over the past few years.  

A large London plane tree (254) can be seen near the north end of the park, across from the north beach entrance and snack bar.  

A number of benches have been installed along the beach path, providing visitors an opportunity to take a break and enjoy the beautiful views of Long Island Sound.  

‍Looking North With London Plane Tree On Left
Leaving Rye Town Park

The beach walk continues northward, out of the park, and onto the path leading down to the boardwalk at Playland Amusement Park.  

Curbside Recycling Rules

Villages in the Town of Rye have “dual-stream recycling.” This means paper waste (paper, magazines, newspapers, boxes, etc.) must be placed separate from commingled waste (hard plastic containers, metal cans and foil, glass, and cartons). 

Click here to view and download recycling guides in English and Spanish:

Guide to Curbside Recycling 

Guia al Reciclaje al Borde de la Calle – Espanol

Plastic dos and don’ts -- > Westchester County

How Do I Recycle?

Disposing of some items is tricky. Batteries, printer cartridges, plastic bags, CFL light bulbs, etc., can all be recycled or disposed of safely when you know ho! 

Refer to these resources for answers to all your recycling questions:

1) The Westchester County 

3) The Rye Sustainability Committee 

4) Bedford 2020 - “Recyclopedia”