Note: Pelham Bay Park is to be one of the
sites to used for the proposed 2012 Olympics. The venue involved
would be the sport of "Shooting" at the Pelham Bay
Olympic Shooting Center; also there would be the "Modern
Pentathlon" and "Water Polo" competitions.
More to come on this and other venue sites within the NYC
area along with additional photos. Read on below to learn
more about this great natural land mass.
Located in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, Pelham Bay
Park is our largest park at 2,765 acres of woodland. The bodies
of water which exist at and around the park are: The Long
Island Sound, Eastchester Bay, Hutchinson River, a lagoon,
Turtle Grove and saltwater marshes throughout.
The southernmost section of the Park is the part which
is easily accessible by the #6 train. Here is where
you'll find tennis courts, ballfields, playgrounds, areas
where one can picnic, a visitors center, and even a track
and field facility used also as a football field.
There's quite a bit of wildlife that visit this park. Such
animals as rabbits, skunks, raccoons, owls, hawks and more
feed within its woodlands, wetlands and marshes. For the sake
of this wildlife the Thomas Pell Wildlife Refuge and Sanctuary
was established in 1967. The Split Rock Trail encircles this
sanctuary and near by is the Split Rock Golf Course, and Pelham
Golf Course as well as the Bartow-Pell Mansion and Museum.
Open to the public on Wed, Sat and
Sun from 12:00 - 4:00pm.
Note: Apart from all of the other amenities available, there's
also horseback riding. It can be found on Shore Road near
the intersection to City Island Road. Visit
the New Yorkled Horseback Riding Page for additional info
and photos taken there.
Now, perhaps the best known part of this park is Orchard
Beach. Consisting of about 115 acres at a 1.1 mile long
stretch, this sandy stretch is visited by tens of thousands
Bronx residents and others during the summer months. Even
though I'd been taken there since childhood, I never cared
much for sandy beaches...what I always liked about this site
was its park areas, but perhaps you yourself will like this
particular beach from which just across the waters can be
seen Hart Island. There are grassy areas within Orchard Beach
loaded with park-bench-tables at which you could picnic all
day long...'just be sure to show up early enough to claim
your stake. 6 - 8 am should be a good time. At section 2 of
the beach is the Pelham Bay Park Environmental Center. Free
exhibits, lectures and occasional other activities take place
here at the center.
Check out the Visitor Info Below
You could check New Yorkled's
Golf Page for info on our Golf Courses
Note as well: Pelham Bay Park and Van Cortlandt Park are
overseen by the same Parks Administration (of course a branch
of the NYC Parks/Recreation Dept)