Parks_Dutch_Gardens.jpg37 South Main Street, New City
Click Here for Park Map

  From Route 304 turn west onto Congers Road, Make a left on South Main Street. Parking area is on the right after the Courthouse. There is a 2 hour limit in the parking area.

Description:  3 Acres - The garden consists of a brick teahouse with a fireplace, a gazebo, an arbor and a bandstand.  Originally a brick wall (part of which remains) enclosed the gardens.  A variety of flowers and tulips can be found along the brick lined paths.  The western side has a slope, which at one time was covered with daffodils.  The Demarest Kill Stream separates the park from the rear of the County Office parking lot.

Dutch_Gardens_1.jpgPresent Use: Walking paths, sitting areas, picnicking, formal gardens, teahouse, and gazebo.
NO pets.
Rest Rooms: Facilities available in Court House Handicapped Accessible: Yes

History:  Constructed 1934-36 under the supervision of Mary Mobray Clarke, landscape consultant, the park stands as a memorial to the early Dutch settlers and is a reminder of the importance that brick making had on the County's economy.  In 1935 the designs and descriptions of the park won national recognition.  A bronze achievement plaque on the wall of the teahouse remains as a commemorative to the designers.  In 1965 it won first prize in the Annual Civic Beautification Contests sponsored by Sears Roebuck and Co. and in 1968 it won a prize in the National Award Showcase of Beauty Contests sponsored by the Readers Digest Foundation.  From time to time, the park has been used for weddings, concerts (The West Point Glee Club performed here in 1967) and various activities of the Clarkstown Garden Club, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, etc.

Dutch_Gardens_2.jpgThe Thurgood Marshall Human Rights Monument honors Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall who founded the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 1940 and argued the well-known Brown v. Board of Education case in 1952-1953. Marshall came to prominence in Rockland County in 1943, when he brought the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's nationwide desegregation fight to Hillburn to ensure Black students received the same quality of education as white students.