The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation is proud to announce its Aquatics Division has been named a Top 200 Provider by the American Red Cross.
County Executive George Latimer said: “Despite the challenges Covid-19 posed at our pools and beaches last summer, we were able to operate successfully. It wouldn’t be possible without the commitment our Aquatics Division, which dedicates hundreds of hours each year to training our lifeguards. I congratulate them for this outstanding accomplishment and thank them for their efforts.”
In 2020, Westchester County trained 204 lifeguards through the Red Cross.
Four pools and two beaches were open to County residents last season. Lifeguards were tasked with increased responsibilities to protect the health of visitors.
Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Kathy O’Connor said: “Our pools and beaches provide relief during the hot, summer months. Each season, our Aquatics Division does a phenomenal job of preparing our lifeguards, which enhances the overall experience of our facilities for our guests. We’re pleased they have been recognized by the American Red Cross for their work.”
Westchester County plans to open its pools and beaches for the 2021 season. Similar protocols are expected to be in place including increased sanitization and timed ticketing for Westchester County residents. Masks will be required in accordance with New York State guidelines.
About Westchester County
Westchester County, located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, covers 500 square miles and has a population of just under a million. Originally home to Native Americans, who were members of the Lenape tribe, it is today a rich mix of many cultures and landscapes. The County is a blend of bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque towns as well as open spaces and a network of beautiful parks. Westchester is made up of 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages. Westchester County is known for top-notch public schools, and a high quality of life. The County is also an intellectual capital, boasting a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers. Westchester is led by County Executive George Latimer, who took office in January 2018 as the ninth County Executive. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, Latimer is fighting to make Westchester a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy. Learn more about Westchester County by visiting www.westchestergov.com