Recreation and Entertainment

Recreational Opportunities
Sports and leisure activities abound year 'round in New Rochelle. The Department of Parks and Recreation manages the City's 38 recreational facilities and hosts organized leagues and programs along with special events such as the spectacular “Spark the Sound” July 4th fireworks extravaganza.
New Rochelle's 270 acres of City-owned park land include:
  • Five waterfront parks & five lakes, which include beaches, pavilions, gardens, trails, and recreational facilities, and bird sanctuary
  • Five parks with playing fields; two with athletic stadiums; natural turf and artificial turf surfaces and one with an outdoor pool, pavilion and picnic rentals
  • Two natural areas, including 67-acres of foot trails and open meadow
  • Six small parks; eight neighborhood play parks
  • A Municipal Marina with 350 boat slips, 150 boat slips and kayak storage.
Westchester County has over 16,000 acres of county-owned parks, with over 100 acres in New Rochelle including Glen Island Park and the Nature Study Woods.

Arts and Entertainment
Arts and entertainment are alive and prospering in the city, including fine arts, ballet, theatre, and opera. A full calendar of events is coordinated by the New Rochelle Council of the Arts.

The New Rochelle Public Library, home to the Ossie Davis Auditorium and Lumen Winter Gallery host a variety of programs and exhibits.

New Rochelle's Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) coordinates a variety of seasonal, cultural , and family-friendly programs and services for the city in conjunction with local artists and the Department of Parks and Recreation.