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Ward Pound Ridge Reservation To Get a Major Makeover

The County Board of Legislators is expected to approve $8 million in bonds to renovate Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
The County Board of Legislators is expected to approve $8 million in bonds to renovate Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Photo Credit: Bob Dumas

LEWISBORO/POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is going to get much-needed repairs and renovations.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators is expected to pass two bond measures Monday evening totaling slightly more than $8 million to repair the reservation’s pock-marked roads, parking lots, deteriorating buildings, picnic areas and drainage systems.

The legislature’s Government Operations Committee approved the bond measures last week, and Legislator Peter Harckham (D-Bedford) said the Budget Appropriation Committee is expected to OK the bonds Monday morning, with the entire legislature approving them Monday night.

‘This is one of those things that is non-controversial,” Harckham said. “It’s part of a five-year capital plan. We are all rolling in the same direction on this.”

There are two bonds: one for $4.075 million targeting buildings and other structures, and a second for $4.25 million for roadways and parking lots and the drainage associated with them.

The renovations include improvements to entrance roadways, pathways, watercourse drainage, and the ponds at Michigan Road and picnic areas at Kimberly Bridge. The project will also include the repair of the reservation’s historic buildings, including 23 camp shelters, the visitors center, Michigan Road Barn, Maple Sugaring House, the post office building and the maintenance garage.

The Government Operations Committee noted that the “facility’s condition is affecting the ability of the reservation to safely accommodate patrons and visitors.”

“This is going to be a great face-lift for the park,” Harckham said. “I consider it a jewel of the county park system, and I am so glad we could get it done. It’s great not just for northern Westchester, but for the entire county.”

The 4,315-acre park extends through both Pound Ridge and Lewisboro.

Harckham said he expects work to begin this summer and continue over an 18-month period.

“There are a lot of different projects that need to get done,” he said.

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