A Master Plan “Community Conversation”—Question Four, on Public Services and Recreation

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
by Rob Greenstein

While we’re lining up consultants who will help us run public visioning sessions, or “charettes,” on Master Plan subjects related to commercial development, housing, the environment, public services, and recreation and public infrastructure, we continue our Community Conversation with another question, this time on Public Services and Recreation:

Would you like to see more recreation facilities in the Town? Indoor and/or Outdoor? Public or Private?

Feel free to comment here. It helps us for you to use your real name. We have an intern compiling comments and they will count for more, for master plan survey purposes, if you sign them. We will also be posting the same question on our Town of New Castle Facebook page, and the Town’s web site.

Residents are also encouraged to attend our town board meetings and give their ideas.

If you can’t attend our meetings, you can email your questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . During the meeting, you can ask questions via a chat function on the live stream on New Castle Community Media Center (NCCMC)’s site via Livestream. Residents can just click on the Town Board meeting pane to view and chat. This will help the town board gather information from residents who can’t attend the meetings in person.  We also intend to reach out also through mailings, for residents who do not use internet or cannot attend our meetings.


You can revisit our first question by clicking: “What type of services, events, shopping, etc. would you like to see in downtown Chappaqua or Millwood in the evenings/night-time?”

Our second question by clicking: “Should development in downtown Chappaqua or Millwood include housing mixed in with commercial uses?”

Our third question by clicking: “Should the town use some of the train station parking lot for other uses (such as a transit oriented development consisting of housing and commercial development) with an offset for the loss of any parking addressed through the construction a parking structure?”

And our fourth question by clicking: Would you like to see more recreation facilities in the Town? Indoor and/or Outdoor? Public or Private?

We encourage civil, civic discourse. All comments are reviewed before publication to assure that this standard is met.

How about an indoor pool for the school (and other residents at off-hours), an indoor ice rink, a larger community center, a basketball court? All these things could be worked into the CC property development. An amphitheater for summer concerts and town events would also be very nice.

By DG on 02/18/2014 at 7:19 pm

No. Cut recreation. Reduce taxes.

By tax relief on 02/19/2014 at 6:35 am

Anyone from recreation wish to comment on the recent serious sledding accidents at Gedney?

By bob on 02/19/2014 at 6:51 am

If you’re going to spend tax $ on recreation, make sure its for the kids.

By Chris Roberta on 02/20/2014 at 10:30 pm

I would like to see the commercial buildings in this town cared for.  Rob, what do you have to say about the Hakim’s latest affront ?  You have made Adam Brodsky the head of downtown development.  Why would you trust this person in that capacity ? 

What is going on with the Via Vanti proposal ?  I understand that Adam has been handling it.
This woman came to the town in good faith last May.  What is taking so long now?

By answers please on 02/21/2014 at 10:25 am

Master Plan is simply a tool to be used by Team New Castle at their convenience when it suits their needs.

By you're not fooling us on 02/21/2014 at 2:16 pm


You have not given an answer as to why you are proceeding with the Spa review process.

Why would anyone bother to respond here.  You have demonstrated that you have your own agenda. 

By why bother ? on 02/22/2014 at 3:36 pm

No more money for add’l fields when our kids are over-scheduled enough as it is.  If there is a field shortage, cut back on the programs.  Do 1st graders really need to play soccer all year long, etc?  The crazy schedules just make many of them quit before they are old enough to figure out what they want.

By Too many sports already on 02/24/2014 at 2:17 am

No more town resources for addl fields.  If you need more cash, up the user fees.

By Enough fields on 02/25/2014 at 12:28 pm

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