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Harbor Island Provides Activities In Heat Wave

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Despite Sunday’s high temperature and humidity, Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck was full of beach-goers, sun bathers and families enjoying the sunshine.

“It’s refreshing and cooling,” Tina Gutman, a White Plains resident who grew up in Mamaroneck, said about the water. “I don’t like staying in the air condition; I’m an outdoor person.”

Harbor Island Park, which features a playground, boat launch, beach and spray park, is an economic option for Westchester individuals and families to spend a day relaxing. Parking for cars is $6 during the week and $8 on the weekend. The beach costs $5 per adult and $3 for children.  Children under 6 years old are allowed in for free.

“We like the beach, it’s nice, it’s not crowded and it’s inexpensive,” Donna Pergola, a Yorktown resident, said. Her husband who grew up in Mamaroneck, Pete Pergola, chimed in, “and it’s a great value.”

Senior citizens from Sarah Neuman Nursing Home visit Harbor Island often, but on days like Sunday, when the temperatures are in the 90’s, they sit in the shade and watch boats pull in and out of the harbor.

“After lunch they like to come down and relax a little bit,” Weekend Program Coordinator Sabrina Hall said.

Harbor Island appeals to many Westchester families because of the playgrounds, the spray pool and the low-key environment. These are reasons why Sabrina Fasano-Dolla comes up from the Bronx on the weekends with her son, Adriano Dolla-Fasano, to enjoy Harbor Island Park.

“It’s very family friendly compared to Bronx beaches, and it’s quiet and there’s a playground for him,” she said. “It’s also a nice view with the boats and houses in the background.”

While staying cool is important when temperatures soar and humidity levels are high, being outdoors is also a key part to a successful summer. Harbor Island Park provides beautiful scenery and numerous ways to keep cool.

“I think sometimes we take for granted that we are a waterfront community.  We are fortunate to have this right here in Mamaroneck, a lot of places don’t,” said Gutman. “Lakes are great, but there is nothing like the open water.”

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