Ward Acres Park

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Paws Place, The Dog Park at Ward Acres Park

Paws Place at Ward Acres Dog Park is a private dog playground, open only to residents of New Rochelle. Entrance to the property requires a Ward Acres Dog Permit.  An application for a permit can be found here.

The dog park features two fenced play sections, one of which is specifically designed to meet the needs of dogs who are small, elderly, or shy.  Benches are liberally sprinkled throughout the shaded runs.  

Paws Place at Ward Acres Dog Park does have a few rules for dogs and their owners: identification tags which lists your name and contact information must be clearly displayed on your dog's collar. Owners should carry a leash with them at all times. 


Lastly Park officials extend warm thanks to all owners for assisting with keeping the play areas clean by picking up after their pets in a prompt manner.

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The Community Garden at Ward Acres Park

Ward Acres Community Garden is organized and operated by volunteers with the support of the New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation.  The Garden features 88 separate 10'x10' plots. New Rochelle residents can rent plots for a nominal fee per season. 


The goal of the Garden is to build community, grow vegetables according to organic gardening principles, share tips with fellow gardeners, and help to feed the hungry. 

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Trail System and Points of interest

Most of the trail system throughout Ward Acres is a carry over from the days as a horse farm. An informal perimeter trail runs around the Park, and there are a number of secondary trails that cross it. The trail system has been formalized and blazed throughout.

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The Barn Complex

This 15,000 sq. ft. complex was built in 1906. .

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Master Plan Update

The City of New Rochelle in partnership with Ward Acres Conservancy has engaged a consulting firm to update the Park Master Plan, last updated in 2006.  This process will update and clarify the vision and long-term usage goals for the park.  It will assess current park conditions and needs, and provide consultation, strategies, and recommendations for park restoration and management.  Stay tuned for updates!