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The Travel Section is kicking off with an opening tea and talk to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Westchester County's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation on Wednesday.
Charles E. Pound, a former Commissioner of Westchester County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, will speak about the history of the County's Department and the vital role its formation has in preserving open space on Wednesday, September 12 at 2 pm, at the Scarsdale Woman's Club, 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale. He will also speak about flooding in the Westchester County waterways and the critical conservation and environmental issues facing the County today.
Pound is a graduate of the Department of Landscape Engineering and Recreational Management of the New York State College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. He served as Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation from 1961-1974. While working for the County, Pound designed the huge circular picnic pavilion at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale as a way to create a covered space that could accommodate 300-500 picnickers. The design was so successful that it became the model for many other circular pavilions built in county parks.
He has served on many of Westchester County's Boards such as the Planning, Soil and Water Conservation, Environmental Co-ordination Agency, Capitol Projects, Police and Traffic Safety. On April 11, he was among those whom the Friends of Westchester County Parks honored during their Awards Reception recognizing Westchester County Executives and Parks Commissioners who served during the past 50 years.
The program is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the program. For further information, please telephone (914) 793-0145.