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Croton Point Park

Croton Point Park is a Westchester County park in the village of Croton-on-Hudson.

The park has several public attractions including a miniature aircraft airport, boat launch, tent and RV camping, cabin rental, cross-country skiing, fishing, group picnicking, hiking and walking trails, a museum, nature study, pavilions, a playground, swimming, and a beach.

History

In the 1800s the Underhill family owned the land that is now Croton Point Park. Grapes, watermelons, and apples were grown. A brickyard was also on the property. A few buildings built with these bricks are still standing at Croton Point. The park is also home to several historic sites such as a set of wine cellars from an old manor.

FISHING IN THE HUDSON RIVER FROM CROTON POINT PARK - NARA - 549933
Fishing in the Hudson River from Croton Point Park, 1973

A substantial portion of the land on which the park is situated today was the site of a landfill, which was operated by the Westchester County government from 1927 to 1986. The landfill has since been capped off and restored to green space. A 1931 map shows the landfill area as marsh.

Events

The park hosts a number of events each year, including the annual Hudson River Sloop Clearwater festival, the Croton Point Shindig, and Hudson River Eagle Fest.

Coordinates: 41°10′56″N 73°53′35″W / 41.18222°N 73.89306°W / 41.18222; -73.89306

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