A Master Plan “Community Conversation”—Question Five, on Open Space

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
by Rob Greenstein

We continue our Community Conversation on the Master Plan with another question this week:

Is more open space for “passive recreation”—hiking, walking, dog-walking, sitting and relaxing—needed throughout the Town?

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.

More “passive recreation” - is anyone in town short on places to sit or walk (with or without a dog)?  Isn’t commenting on NCNOW passive recreation?

I think passive recreation is one thing we got well covered.

By Chris Roberta on 02/25/2014 at 11:25 pm

That question is skewed.  The issue of “Open Spaces” and a rural enviroment is a quality of life issue; it is about the esthetic nature and character of a town.  “Passive” has a negative connotation, as you well know. 

That ploy invalidates any survey.

Rob, are you into shopping?!

Editor’s Note:  “Passive recreation” is a term used to distinguish it from more active recreation such as playing fields and playgrounds.

By Nice try!! on 02/26/2014 at 10:57 am

Do sidewalks count?  I would definitely like more of those, particularly on 133.  The bike path is great, but I’d like to be able to walk to it without getting run over.

By Kate Bradford on 02/27/2014 at 4:32 pm

I agree with Kate, more sidewalks! How about sidewalks from Greeley to town? And a cross walk from Roaring Brook Road to the other side of 117 for those kids who walk to and from Lawrence Farms East to Greeley.
And something to make it safer for cars and bikes to be on the road at the same time (rt 117 is really scary around some of those curves when then two have to share space).

By Cynthia Metcalf on 03/01/2014 at 9:47 am

Aren’t playing fields and playgrounds open spaces? Why just mention passive recreation sites then?  This question is even more skewed than Nice try pointed out.

Editor’s Note: I think recreational spaces are treated as having their own category. I don’t think the point was to ignore or slight them.

By What a sham! on 03/01/2014 at 12:46 pm

More gathering spaces like the existing pocket park would help our town feel less like a retail strip.
Sidewalks, benches, alcoves with plantings-spaces to gather, as well as safe ways to walk into town are needed. A sidewalk on 117 would be great.

By Beth L. on 04/02/2014 at 2:02 pm

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