About Rockland County New York
Rockland County is the southernmost county on the west side of the Hudson River in the U.S. state of New York, part of the New York City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county’s population, as of the 2010 United States Census, was 311,687, increasing by 5.5% to a 2017 Census estimate of 328,868, making it the third-most densely populated county outside New York City within New York State. The county seat is New City. Rockland County is a suburb of New York City that borders the boroughs about 9 miles northwest of the city at their closest points, and is accessible via the New York State Thruway, after 10 exits. The name derives from “rocky land”, as the area has been aptly described.
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The county is home to several colleges and universities, including Nyack College, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Rockland Community College, Long Island University, Dominican College, Columbia University’s Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory, and others.
Dining and Shopping
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Parks and Recreation
Since 1965, the Rockland County Park System has grown to a network of 30, comprising 3,179 acres. The goal has been to provide county residents ready access to local parks without having to endure traffic congestion or drive long distances to enjoy nature’s beauty. Park acquisitions have been attained through County funds matched with federal and state grants along with land donations, tax delinquency and partnerships with Land Trusts and other municipalities.
Park MapOur parks, now conservatively worth some $230,000,000, are situated on or near mountainous ridges that preserve our skylines as forever green and uncluttered by high-rise. They provide a variety of both active and passive recreation along with preserving parts of our county’s history. Recent acquisitions of the last remaining active farms have preserved part of Rockland’s past and continue to produce locally grown farm fresh produce. The parks provide excellent nature trails where one may, if you look carefully, encounter a variety of animals such as a red-tailed hawk, pileated woodpecker, barred owl, white-tailed deer, red fox or a wild turkey. There are scenic vantage points at South Mountain, Buttermilk Falls, Mountainview Nature Park, Gurnee Park and Amphitheater, Kakiat and Clausland Mountain. There you will witness the beautiful vistas stretched out for all to see.
Two of our county parks offer residents an enclosed area for their dogs to run off-leash. These enclosed areas are called “Dog Runs”. They provide a community setting in which people can gather and socialize and where they can observe the interaction of groups of dogs at play.
ER Dog Park Kakiat ER Dog Park Kennedy Dells
Kennedy Dells Park
Dog runs not only allow owners and their dogs to spend time together, but also offer dogs a space for play and companionship with other dogs. Dogs must be supervised by their “humans” at all times.
Rockland county NY is perfect for commuters! There is easy access to the palisades parkway, New York State Thruway and Garden State Parkway! There are also many train stations and commuter park and bus rides.
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