Recreation & Parks
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Recreation & Parks
Matt Van Dorn
The Bedford Recreation & Parks Department strives to enrich the lives of our residents by providing safe and welcoming parks, facilities, recreation programs and events for people of all ages. We work in partnership with our residents and in cooperation with other recreation service providers in the community in order to maximize all available resources. We are dedicated to building healthy communities and enriching the quality of life through people, parks and programs.
Our programs are open to all town of Bedford Residents. Only those registered in the class will be permitted to attend. Non-Residents may register–if the class is available to non-residents and with space permitting–for most programs after registration begins and by paying an additional 25% of the fee per program. We accept a limited number of school district non-resident children in our day camp programs. In addition, there are a limited number of non-resident family pool memberships available. Please call our office for more information.
Registration for all programs may be done in the recreation office, online or by mail with a check (made payable to “Town of Bedford”) and cannot be accepted by phone. Credit card transactions may be done in the office or online by signing into your Recreation account. (Please note: there may be a processing fee associated with credit card transactions.) We cannot be responsible for lost or misdirected mail.
Senior Adult Discount
Town of Bedford residents who are 65 years of age or older are eligible for a 50% discount on most programs.
Permits for group use of town-owned fields and facilities are required for group and family functions. Individuals wishing to reserve a facility must be a town resident. Facility Use Applications are available on the town’s website on the Forms and Applications page or by contacting the Recreation office at (914) 666-7004. All applications should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the scheduled activity.
For residents planning summer picnics, the Bedford Recreation & Parks Department offers free use of a “picnic pack” of outdoor game equipment, such as playground balls, jump ropes, Frisbees, wiffle balls, bats, etc. Those interested should contact the office at least one week prior to their planned picnic. A $25 refundable deposit is required (refunded upon the return of the “picnic pack”).
The Town of Bedford carries standard liability coverage. This coverage does not include medical costs for anyone injured in the normal course of participation in any town program. All individuals enrolled in Town of Bedford Recreation & Parks programs do so at their own risk.
Pools in Bedford
The Town of Bedford has three beautiful hamlet pools for you to enjoy. Each pool is located at each hamlet’s park, Bedford Hills Memorial Park, Bedford Village Memorial Park, and Katonah Memorial Park. Membership to one gets you into all three. Each hamlet pool offers a fun, but competitive swim and dive team that children ages 6-18 can join! There are swim lessons for little ones, birthday parties at the pool, and special family events at each hamlet pool and park that help round out the summer fun.
Our Tiny Tot program is available for children 3 to 5 years old. This half-day program is full of fun activities such as arts and crafts, storytelling, large-and-gross motor activities, and music for young children. The Day Camps take place in each of the hamlet parks for those youngsters enrolled in elementary school though grade 6. Campers will take part in a variety of activities, including swimming lessons, arts and crafts, athletics, science and more. The Teen Get-A-Way is for our middle school population. This program is offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the camp season. There is travel to local attractions, amusement parks, baseball games and more. After our six-week camp is finished the town offers week-long camps in sports, science, technology and art. Every summer the offerings change, so please look for the updated programming in our Spring/Summer brochure, which you can find on our Pool/Camp Info page.
North East Westchester Special Recreation runs a six-week day camp program for children with special needs, ages 4 through 20. For more information on this wonderful program call the Northeast office at 347-4409 or visit their website at northeastspecialrec.org.
Summer Job Opportunities
There are many part-time job opportunities available during the summer for individuals 16 years of age or older. Summer positions include lifeguards, swim instructors, desk attendants, parks groundskeepers, camp counselors and specialists. There are a limited number of volunteer positions for 15 year olds as Counselors-in-Training at the Day Camps and Tiny Tots programs. All applications are available at the recreation office or by downloading them under the Forms and Applications section on this website.
A diverse and dynamic recreation program with activities for residents of all ages and during all seasons is offered through the Recreation and Parks Department under the leadership of recreation professionals.
Throughout the year, a variety of activities are offered in the areas of athletics and sports, music, art, dance, pre-school activities and special events. Other programs include nature classes, art, Lego building, mixed-martial arts, and more. For school-age children, we offer a wide variety of seasonal sports, crafts, holiday activities and special interest nights. In addition, we host school-break activities, safety classes, cooking, music lessons and more. For adults, we offer fitness classes and wellness classes, as well as defensive driving, dog agility classes and more.
Our special events vary from year to year. Some of the programs have included:
- Family Valentine Contest
- Spring Egg Hunt
- Learn to Ride Cycling Program
- Fishing Derby
- ‘Summer Sunset Series,’ a summer entertainment series for the entire family
- Breakfast with Frosty and Friends
- Gingerbread House Building
- Family Skate Days at Harvey School
Senior Citizens participate in regularly scheduled meetings and programs. A variety of activities, such as informational presentations, crafts, exercise, movies, social functions, special programs and parties are offered. Free transportation is offered by the department for local shopping and meetings. Get your name on the senior mailing list to find out about all ongoing events. (Bus trips, weekly meeting topics, special events and more.) A bi-monthly calendar can be mailed to your home address. A Senior Citizen Nutrition Program and a home-delivered Meals on Wheels Program are offered through an agreement with the Village of Mt. Kisco. The Department is always on the lookout for volunteers to help deliver the Meals on Wheels. If interested, please call the Senior Line at 666-7203.
Town Parks and Facilities
The Town of Bedford has three active and beautifully maintained park facilities, one in each hamlet: Bedford Hills Memorial Park located at 60 Haines Road in Bedford Hills; Bedford Village Memorial Park located at 65 Greenwich Road in Bedford; and Katonah Memorial Park located at the top of North Street in Katonah. Each hamlet park has its own pool facility, tennis courts, basketball courts, playing fields, picnic areas and playground area. In addition, both Bedford Village and Katonah have platform tennis courts. Residents can enjoy our parks year round, sunrise to sunset. Pools are open to residents Memorial Day through Labor Day with a valid pool I.D. card.
In addition to our three very active parks, we have a dog park called “Canine Commons: A Tribute to Working Dogs,” which is located at Beaver Dam Park on Beaver Dam Road in Bedford Hills. This park offers a large dog area, small dog area and agility area. The park is open to town of Bedford residents with a dog park permit. A limited number of non-resident permits are also available. All dogs are required to have a NYS Dog License. For permit and licensing information contact the Town Clerk’s office.
Bedford Hills Community House
This charming community building was opened and dedicated to the town on July 4, 1920 and gifted to the town of Bedford in 2001. The building is maintained by the Town Building Department and scheduled by the Recreation and Parks Department. The building is a multi-purpose building that houses many recreation department sponsored programs and events, along with various meetings for different community organizations. The building has five different rooms of varying sizes to meet different needs and is available to rent for meetings, functions or parties. You must be a town resident to rent the building.
Rentals and Parties
Persons/groups interested in reserving an area of the parks or the Bedford Hills Community House for an event should download a form from the Forms and Applications section and send it to the recreation office for approval.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find out about the programs?
The recreation department publicizes their programs in seasonal brochures, which are posted on the town’s website on the Recreation page. To get up-to-date information, sign up for the town’s email alert.
Can I register for recreation programs by phone?
Registration by phone is not permitted. You may register by going to the Recreation and Parks Department Office, online or by mail. Mail-in registrations must include a completed and signed registration form and a check for the total amount due.
Who do I make my check payable to?
Checks for recreation programs should be made payable to the “Town of Bedford.”
Can I pay for recreation programs with a credit card?
Yes, The town of Bedford accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We do not accept credit cards over the phone. (Please note: there may be a processing fee associated with credit card transactions.)
Can I get a refund?
Those looking for a refund before the program date should contact the Recreation office to obtain a Refund Request form. All forms must be completed and will be reviewed individually and will, if granted, be prorated and subject to an administrative processing fee. (Camp refunds are subject to different policies.) Refunds will also be given when a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. The participant assumes the risk of all changes in personal and business affairs.
How can I check if a program has been cancelled?
If you have registered for a program with us and provided an email address, every attempt will be made to email you if a program is cancelled for any reason. You may also call our recreation hotline number at 914-864-3777 or the office during business hours at 914-666-7004.
What is the town Email Alert and how do I sign up?
The Town has created an alert system to update residents about events, town meetings and pertinent information that might be of interest to the residents. To sign up, click on the Email Alerts which may be found at the top of this page under EServices.