GLEN ISLAND PARK
New Rochelle, Westchester County, NY
105 acres on Long Island Sound

A Westchester County Park Pass is required for admission.


Directions:

From the North.  Take the Hutchinson River Parkway south to exit at Sandford Boulevard; turn right; at second traffic light turn right onto Pelhamdale Avenue; follow to the end and make a left onto Pelham Road. At first traffic light make a right to enter Glen Island Park.

Or take the New England Thruway (US 95) south to exit 15 (Route 1); make a left turn onto Route 1 (Post Road); at the second light make a right turn onto Weymar Avenue and follow it into the park.


History:

1879  --  the Glen Island fun park was developed as a summer resort by John H. Starin (1825-1909), a businessman, US Representative (1877-1881), and philanthropist. On separate islands he exhibited the five cultures of the western world.  The islands were linked together with piers and causeways.  The park featured a zoo, natural history museum, bathing beach, and Chinese pagoda. There still are remains of the castles designed with a touch of the German Rhineland were used as a Beer Garden and restaurant. (Today the islands have been merged with substantial fill with a crescent shaped beach.)

1920s  -- a drawbridge is built to connect the island to New Rochelle.

1923  -- Glen Island Park acquired by Westchester County.

Big Band era  --  the two-story Glen Island Casino hosted the big band sound.  (The former Casino is now a restaurant.)

1934  --  Tommy Dorsey and his brother started the Dorsey Brother Band. While performing at  Glen Island Casino, the two brothers got into a public argument over tempo, the brothers separated and Tommy left the band for good.

1939 (March)   --  the Glenn Miller band gets a big break when it is chosen to play the summ season at the prestigious Glen Island Casino. 


Facilities:

There is a foot beach, 18-hole miniature golf course, playground and picnicking area.

After Rye Playland, Glen Island is the second most widely used park in the Westchester County Parks system.