Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park

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Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park is a state park in Westchester County, New York. Formerly known as Mohansic Park and Mohansic State Park, it is situated in Yorktown, about 40 miles from New York City. The park was created in 1922 on the former site of the Mohansic State Hospital.

The park offers biking, a boat launch and rentals, disc golf, fishing, ice skating, picnic tables and pavilions, a playground and playing fields, a pool, recreation programs, trails for hiking, jogging, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, and a food concession.

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The state acquired the park land between 1909 and 1922. The land south of Crom Pond and Mohansic Lake was acquired in 1908 for the New York State Training School for Boys. North of Crom Pond and Mohansic Lake was acquired in 1909 by the State Hospital Commission. There was concern that having a hospital so close to the New Croton Reservoir would pollute the watershed. This helped Westchester County acquire the entire park in 1922.[1]

In 1923, Westchester grew over 20,000 specimens of pine, spruce and evergreen trees on the park grounds for transplantation in other Westchester parks. During the Great Depression, a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp was placed in the park, several buildings from which remain today. New York State acquired the property in 1957. It was renamed Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park in 1982.[2]

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Coordinates: 41°16′59″N 73°48′32″W / 41.283°N 73.809°W / 41.283; -73.809