In 2003, the county acquired Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown to preserve open space and protect drinking water. Now the historic 123-acre property is a working farm, ideal for visiting, hiking and exploring. The county welcomes sugestions on what other parcels of land should be preserved.

The Open Space Policy preserves the quality of life in Westchester by protecting its scenic vistas, environmental integrity, and recreational opportunities. More than one-third of the county's acreage is categorized as open space.  You can see this on our Open Spaces map.

County residents sometimes don't realize it, but when they ride bikes or hike trails in county parks, they benefit directly from Westchester's open space aquisitions and open space preservation policy. In fact, the Weschester RiverWalk is a 46-mile, multi-faceted pathway which runs alongs the scenic Husdon River.  It will eventually be a continuous trailway running from the Putnam County border to New York City.