2018 Season Permit information & fees

The Park’s Season begins on the Friday before Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. With weather permitting, the season may be extended. Weather permitting, lifeguards are on duty and the beach is open for swimming from 9 a.m. until dusk. Parking and Beach admission fees will apply . For Tide Information, click here.  

The permit office will be OPEN! starting May 3rd - Wednesday through Sunday
Hours:   9am - 3pm

**You do not have to be a resident to obtain a Season Permit, please see the options below for Resident and Non-Resident rates and how to obtain a permit ** 

          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

                                           The History of the Pond At Rye Town Park

                                                                                            A Brief Overview by Bill Lawyer - July 2013

When the Town of Rye Acquired the 62 acre Rye Town Park property in 1908, it contained a number of bungalows, semi-permanent tents, and other structures suitable for use during the summer months. There are no records of any pond existing on the property at that time. 

The topography and underlying bedrock determined, nevertheless, that there would be a natural vernal pond and wetlands at the pond’s current location.  Rainwater flowed there from the north, west and southern directions. During heavy rains or storms, there was an outflow stream that delivered water to the sound via a small “valley” on the southeastern end of the pond. During the fall, winter and spring there was enough precipitation to support an active population of wetland flora and fauna.   Lacking a steady inflow of  “upstream” water, vernal ponds dry out in the late spring or early summer.

At some point after 1909 a formal, oval-shaped reflecting pond was created.  Historical post-card photos show this pond being in existence at least by the mid-1920’s. 

In the plans of the park’s landscape architects (Brinley & Holbrook), the proposed pond was referred to as the “Crystal Lake.”  A few years later storm drains were constructed along Forest Avenue, which directed rainwater run-off more directly to the pond. 

Photos of the pond show people walking along paths enjoying views of the water.  The lake/pond was used in winter for informal ice-skating and ice hockey. 

Because of the seasonal nature of the flow of water into the pond, however, it frequently filled up with sediment and decomposing plants and algae.  

In the 1980’s, the Rye Town Park Commission decided to “shrink” the pond to create additional space for overflow parking.  They filled in much of the pond, leaving only a small portion of the southern end, along with the waterfowl gazebo. 

Unfortunately, the outcome was that the rainwater continued to drain downhill, making the proposed parking area too damp and muddy for that use. 

 And the remaining duck pond became a putrid, polluted “toilet.” The condition of the pond was one of the main reasons for the formation of the Friends of The Rye Town Park in 1991.  They sought to restore and upgrade the park’s facilities and grounds, including the pond. While many improvements were made over the years, upgrading the pond was held off until enough funding was available.

Thanks to a Grant of nearly $500,000 from a New York DEC grant, along with $150,00 from private donations were raised by 2003.  The DEC funding was part of a nation-wide effort to improve water quality through the federal Clean Water Act. The DEC funding was awarded on the condition that the renovated pond be designed and created to manage the flow of rainfall through the pond and out into Long Island Sound.  This included restoring the pond to its original size of about one acre, but creating two separate pond areas, intersected by a “peninsula.” Native plantings were to be established to help remove the high levels of nitrogen that was contributing to the serious decrease in the oxygen levels of the pond and Long Island Sound.    A low-wattage “bubbler” was to be installed along the east side of the pond and a trickling waterfall on the west side to help add oxygen to the pond water. 

Work began in 2004 and was completed in 2005.  For the first few years the pond functioned well, as designed.  However, after several hot, dry summers the water levels declined and the pond became clogged with algae and duckweed. In addition, stocking the pond with domestic ducks had greatly increased the nitrogen level of the pond, adding to the growth of algae.  And during cold winters the domestic ducks had to be rescued when the pond froze. 

Following the lead of the Central Park Conservancy, the park staff and Friends purchased higher-powered aerators to replace the bubbler, and they added a circulator to oxygenate the water on the southern part of the pond. Each fall and winter the Friends of Rye Town Park hires landscape workers to cut back the dead vegetation, to stop it from decomposing and adding to nutrient overload. Even so, on dry, hot summers algae blooms continued to cause problems.

 In 2011 the park determined that we needed a professional pond management contractor, to fine-tune the treatment within the limits of DEC regulations.  In response to an rfp, we hired the Pond Lake Connection Company.  They carry out water quality testing and use a variety of biological and chemical products to reduce algae while protecting life in the pond.  Native wildlife, such as turtles wild waterfowl and macro invertebrates helped as well. So far the pond’s quality levels are in the acceptable to good range. 

Finally, in 2015 the Friends of Rye Town Park worked with a local wildlife group to find homes for the pond’s domestic ducks, leaving only the mallards, which were not dependent on the public for food.  

POND IMPROVEMENT PLAN 
Rough Chronology of Pond History at Rye Town Park
Compiled by Bill Lawyer – August 2010

1909-1910 -              

Pond developed from marshy area – about 1 acre (43,000 sq ft). Used for skating in winter;

1980’s -          

Pond and fenced area reduced to 11,000 sq ft – became known as the “Duck Pond.”

1999 -

Town of Rye submits grant application to the NY DEC to “expand the duck pond to its original size, and thereby to expand its capacity to serve as a natural drainage and retention basis to reduce nonpoint source pollution from the park.” 

2000 -

February, Grant Proposal denied

2001 – 

Town of Rye resubmits its proposal

2002 –

February – Grant award announced -  “$489,675 to restore Park Pond to its original size of 56,000 square feet and improve fish and wildlife habitats by planting native vegetation and using water oxygenation techniques. The goal is to reduce nitrogen levels in the pond, which flows into the Sound.”

 October – Contract for grant signed by Town of Rye

Project Management and Design: Chris Cohan – Design & Management; Rita Wong – Design; Sven Hoeger of Creative Habitat – Plantings Design and Management.

2003-

July – Town of Rye receives executed contract; Letter from DEC stating that “the Town of Rye is permitted to initiate construction.”

2004-

February – bids received for construction and landscaping of pond project: awarded to Real Life Land Improvements (they subcontracted the fencing work);                       

May – Work begun

October – Most Work Completed

2005 – 

Final Grant Payments Received; project completed except for DEC Required Five year monitoring.

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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”