The mission of the Port Chester Recreation department is to create and promote recreational, cultural and play opportunities for all Village residents and to enrich their lives by preserving and enhancing all of Port Chester’s parks and nature areas. The Village has used Community Development Block Grants from Westchester County to install new playgrounds at Edgewood, Joseph Curtis Recreation , John Lyon and Columbus Parks , as well as up coming Park improvement Projects in 2009-2010. Two new grass youth soccer fields have been built in Edgewood Park.
Several new programs have been added including a new free playground program instituted at Columbus Park, instructional programs after school, e.g. Hands on Clay, Floor Hockey, Basketball, Tennis, Mini –Camp(February Break), Cub Camp (3,4 & 5 year olds) etc….
Donations are always appreciated and help programs such as the Halloween in the Park Event made possible with the help of the Port Chester Police Association, who also provide camper scholarships. The County Coach Corporation donates funds to run our Hands on Clay program.
As Port Chester attracts immigrants from Latin America, the Recreation Department has responded by expanding programs in soccer, the sport of choice in Central and South America. Soccer players who participate in the Saturday Recreation League also take part in a fall and spring travel league, Roughly 230 kids participate.
A six-week day camp program is held each summer at one of Port Chester’s Elementary Schools for first- through sixth-grade students. An average of 175 children attends each two-week session. The camp features swimming a minimum of two timers per week, an entertainer each week, arts and crafts, sports activities, Specialty Days(i.e. Carnival Day Treasurer Hunt Day) and trips to Yankee Stadium, Great Adventure and other attractions.
Columbus Park has had a facelift. ~The upper portion of the park received a new playground, basketball and volleyball courts, a picnic shelter, and restoration of paths and lighting. ~This renovation has been funded by a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant, which is administered by Westchester County; and $80,000 form Port Chester Village. ~Additionally, a water spray play ground over 2,000 square feet was installed in the summer 2004. ~The spray play ground is available throughout the summer from 11am - 5pm. A $2,000,000 artificial turf soccer field facility open October 2006.