Croton Gorge Park

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Croton Gorge Park
New Croton Dam from below.jpg
View of the New Croton Dam in Croton Gorge Park
Croton Gorge Park is located in New York
Croton Gorge Park
Type County park
Location Cortlandt, New York
Coordinates 41°13′34″N 73°51′21″W / 41.226139°N 73.855833°W / 41.226139; -73.855833Coordinates: 41°13′34″N 73°51′21″W / 41.226139°N 73.855833°W / 41.226139; -73.855833
Area 97 acres (39 ha)
Created 1964
Operated by Westchester County, New York
Open All year and free of charge
Old Croton Dam, Site of
Nearest city Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Built 1842
Architect Jarvis,John Bloomfield; Multiple
Governing body Westchester County Parks
NRHP Reference # 73001289 [1]
Added to NRHP June 19, 1973

Croton Gorge Park is a park in Cortlandt, New York owned and operated by Westchester County. It consists of 97 acres (390,000 m2) at the base of New Croton Dam. The park is a popular venue for fishing, picnicking, sledding and cross country skiing.[2] The Old Croton Trail begins in the park, which also includes a baseball field and an impressive fountain occasionally operated with high pressure water from the reservoir. The fountain was reopened in 2000 after having been out of service since the mid twentieth century.

The road over the top of the dam is one of four arteries for crossing the Croton River (only three of the bridges connect to public roads at both ends). Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, this road has been closed to non-emergency vehicles as a security precaution, though it remains open to pedestrians and bicycles. Previously, school buses had used the road as the best route available.

Park with fountain as seen from the dam

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Croton Gorge Park". Westchester County Parks. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 

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