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Ossining, Briarcliff Offer Spring Break Options

OSSINING, N.Y. – Hundreds of students in Ossining and Briarcliff Manor are off this week for spring recess, and with the weather warming up, officials are reminding families they don’t have to skip town to have fun this week.

While dozens of spring programs kick off in Ossining and Briarcliff Manor in the coming weeks, recreation officials say they expect many to head outside this week. Ryder Park, Law Memorial Park, Veterans Park and several other area parks are open this week and offer hiking, athletic fields and tennis courts. Henry Atterbury, Ossining recreation superintendent, said families have dozens of options this week even if the weather doesn’t hold up.

“We’re expecting to see anywhere from 50 to 60 kids at the Community Center this week,” Atterbury said Monday. “But with the weather improving we’re going to see a lot of families heading outside. And if the weather doesn’t stay consistent this week, we’re still here offering all of our programs on a nightly basis.”

The Community Center, which remains open Monday through Saturday, houses a music room, art room, game room, multi-purpose room and a gymnasium, Atterbury said. The center’s lifeguarding course is underway and offers students the chance to become certified lifeguards during the break, he said.

“It gives our local kids the opportunity to have jobs once they’re certified,” Atterbury said. “We have a high demand at the pool with so many programs running all the time and it’s a great way to give our local kids jobs at the same time.”

Ossining’s Spring and Summer Program brochure is available on the village’s website.

The Briarcliff Manor Youth Center, which is transitioning to a new director, is not offering programs through April, recreation supervisor Karen Kuzio said, but the staff is working to ensure that the village’s fields, courts and parks are well-maintained over the break.

“We do not have anything planned for this week, so we don’t have any trips going this April break,” Kuzio said. “But we are making sure that our playgrounds and parks and fields are open all week. We’re working hard to make sure we have programs available in the future and the summer. If families or kids are looking to do something this week, we’re making sure that our fields are open to make sure they have things to do.”

The Village of Briarcliff Manor Spring and Summer Program brochure is also available on the village’s website

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