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The Splash Pad at Bowdoin Park is open daily from 12noon until 6pm. Everyone must follow COVID19 posted rules.

Dutchess County Parks


Many of our Dutchess County Parks are open and operating with some restrictions. Under active NYS PHASE guidelines and mandates we have occupancy limitations in place for many of our rental facilities to maintain social distancing practices. We encourage everyone to wear your face mask whenever you cannot maintain a 6ft distance with others, please continue to follow CDC guidelines, wash your hands regularly and follow social distancing practices. Our priority is to keep our park visitors and staff healthy. We appreciate your support.  

The primary goal for Dutchess County Parks is to enhance the quality of life for all county residents by providing safe and supportive county services. The Parks Division accomplishes this by operating six active facilities: Bowdoin Park, Wilcox Memorial Park, Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, and Dutchess Stadium.A wide variety of activities and educational programs are conducted at these facilities including swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking, camping, miniature golf, 27 hole  disc golf, pavilion rentals, playgrounds, splash pad, and athletic fields as well as community events. Please refer to information for COVID19 NYS PHASE Guidelines regarding restrictions for some of our facilities and activities during this time. 

  • Bowdoin Park: Open 7 days a week, operating hours: March 31 - April 10, 8am  - 7pm, April 11 - June 5, 8am - 8pm, June 6 - July 26, 8am - 9pm, July 27 - Sept. 7, 8am - 8pm. 
  • Wilcox Memorial Park:  Open 7 days a week. Swimming lake is operating Thursdays - Mondays, 10am-7pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. NO SWIMMING ALLOWED when lifeguard is not on duty- no exceptions. Please follow posted COVID19 social distancing guidelines. Advance reservations are available for camping/pavilion reservations available online. Credit Card payment only. Park Operating hours: March 31 - April 10, 8am - 4pm, April 11 - May 8, 8am - 6pm, May 9 - September 7, weekdays 8am - 7pm, weekends and holidays until 8pm.
  • Harlem Valley Rail Trail and William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trails are open 7 days a week. 
  • Quiet Cove Riverfront Park:  The rental room at Quiet Cove Park is subject to limited availability with occupancy guidelines in place.  
  • Lake Walton Preserve will remain closed to visitors until further notice.

While enjoying our parks, please practice safe social distancing.  

We do our best to share any new operating guidelines that will impact your visit to our parks during this pandemic. If you currently have a rental scheduled and need to cancel because of COVID19 related guidelines contact the park office during regular business hours M-F 845-298-4600, or email plockhart@dutchessnygov provide your name, reservation number, date of event we are here to help - 

Facility reservations for available dates and locations is updated regularly, at this time there is limited availability.  Paperless payment by credit card only please. Please explore our Parks online reservation system, any guidelines which may impact a future reservation will be shared with you so you can plan accordingly. To make a reservation online please follow the user account guidelines, reservations by phone are with credit card only. If your reservation needs to be cancelled or changed due to Coronavirus/COVID-19, our staff will contact you at least two weeks prior to your reservation. Full refunds will be offered.

We thank you for your continued interest in Dutchess County Parks!



  • 845-298-4600
  • 845-298-4609
  • Parks Department
    Bowdoin Park Office
    85 Sheafe Rd
    Wappingers Falls NY 12590

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