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Posted on: March 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Greenburgh to begin outdoor programs for seniors

Town Board to discuss indoor programming for seniors on Tuesday. Memo from Library director about library reopening plans



    Last night the Town Board had a very spirited discussion on re-opening programs for seniors. We also discussed re-opening Town Hall. No decisions were made regarding re-opening our buildings to the public but the Town Board agreed to discuss this matter next Tuesday at our work session.  We did agree to start outdoor programs for seniors -effective in April. See the following outdoor plans from the Parks & Recreation Department and from the Theodore Young Community Center. Also, the Library Board met last night. A summary of the Library's plans can be found below.  Also, please read the proposed indoor plans from the Commissioner of Parks that the Town Board will discuss on Tuesday of next week. Three votes are needed of the Town Board before indoor programs for seniors can begin.  

    If you are a medical professional and have thoughts and recommendations please e mail Your opinions are always welcome and appreciated.  Most seniors, thanks to our Covid Angels, are now vaccinated. And all employees of local governments can also get the vaccine.  I believe that allowing seniors to enjoy programs in a safe and healthy manner could be helpful to their mental health. Being isolated is not healthy.  If there is an increase in COVID incidents we can always cancel programs.

Greenburgh  Parks & Recreation will be offering  a spring outdoor exercise session on the multipurpose center patio from Monday, April 19th - Monday, June 14th.

  Registration for these classes will begin on Tuesday, April 6th for residents and Friday, April 9th for non –residents at the  Anthony F. Veteran Park  Registration  office.

Updated  unicards  will be required to register. Fees for the 8 week session  will  be $20/residents  and $40 for non-residents.

Classes will include Seated exercise/Low impact aerobics, Tai Chi /Yang style 24 forms,  Barre Strength & balance, QiGong, and Zumba Gold.

In addition,  a Walk &  Stretch class will be offered at the Harts Brook Park & Preserve. 

For more information, please call PJ Murphy at 989-1822 or email

 The senior unit of the Department of Community Resources at the Theodore D. Young Community Center has planned the following phases to begin resuming in-person senior programming. Using CDC and NYS guidelines, feedback from our senior participants, operating within the standards of our current Westchester County Remote Learning Program, and the WestCop Feeding Westchester program which currently runs out of the TDYCC building, the following plans have been created.

PHASE I: Outdoor Activities & Events Friday, April 16th – Senior Community Walk A weekly activity which encourages seniors to get outside together and start walking again in a socially distant space. Its aims is to get them more comfortable in communal environments. Tuesday, April 20th – Senior Trips Resume Weekly shopping trips will resume at the end of April to help seniors pick-up essential items and re-acclimate them to transportation procedures at a 50% capacity. Friday, May 7th – Mother’s Day Showcase This annual event has been planned in an outdoor setting and aims to bring intergenerational groups into a socially distant outdoor space for a communal celebration.

 PHASE II: Outdoor Programming Monday, May 10th Weekly programs will resume on a reduced schedules (6 weeks only) in the Yosemite Park Pavilion. Location subject to change based on space and equipment needed. Tuesdays 10:00-11:30 am Evergreen Lecture 12:00-1:30 pm Evergreen Dance Wednesdays 9:30-1:30 pm Bridge Club Thursdays 10:00-11:30 am Evergreen Tai Chi 2:00-1:30 pm Evergreen Choir PHASE III: Resume Regular Summer Outdoor Event Schedule Friday, June 25th – Lee’s Picnic Annual outdoor celebration to kick-off the summer season. Friday, August 20th – Senior Citizen Day Celebration Annual outdoor picnic and activities that pamper the seniors in honor of National Senior Citizen Day. Friday, September 10th – Delores Williams Fish Fry This annual outdoor Fish Fry to close the summer season. 

WHEN WILL LIBRARY OPEN --FROM THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR, JOHN SEXTONAfter watching the video of last night’s session, I thought you’d like to know that the library board has set a metric for re-opening to the public.  Similar to the metrics used by White Plains and Larchmont libraries, the metric targets the statistical covid infection rates in Westchester County last June when we re-opened the library to the public on a limited basis.  Using data reported daily in the New York Times online that tracks corona virus cases in Westchester County, we want to open to the public when the number of new cases in the county has declined over a 14 day period and the number of new cases reported reaches 50.  On February 17, when we first looked at this metric, test positivity was declining at a 20 - 23% rate, and our opening date (reaching 50 new cases reported) would have been sometime in early May.   Since then the rates have plateaued and positivity rate has been hovering at 5% for the past few weeks.  Daily new cases have risen a hundred fold to the 370’s .  Now we are waiting to see if variants and Spring Break contribute to a surge, or if the vaccine distribution will act as a kind of firewall against that.  Consequently we discussed a more simple metric, already adopted by Scarsdale Library which will  open when the positivity rate reaches 2%.  I think the situation is such that it can go either way -  either a surge or a further decline – over the next month.  What is helpful with the metric is that it provides the public with an easily accessible and measurable context for managing their expectations for re-opening.


the center will reopen only for card playing and table tennis (ping pong).  The building will only allow up to 50% capacity per room.  After surveying the seniors, the majority of them at this time prefer to meet outdoors on the patio, such as the book club, seven outdoor exercise classes, very small special events, instructional classes and lecture programs.  When covid infection rates decline and part time program instructors and more seniors are comfortable resuming indoor programming, more indoor activities will be offered.


·       All indoor programming will require advance registration.

·       All people entering the center will have to fill out a coronavirus daily pre-entry assessment.

·       All people in the center will be required to wear a face mask at all times.

·       No eating and drinking in the center will be initially allowed.  Eating and drinking outdoors on the patio will be permissible.

·       The center for seniors will be open Monday – Friday for two sessions each day: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:40 pm.  The building will receive a deep cleaning between sessions.

·       Seniors wanting to play cards and/or play ping pong will have to bring their own equipment and supplies. Hand sanitizer will be available in each room.

·       Seniors wanting to participate in these activities with only fellow seniors that have already been fully vaccinated will be assigned a designated room. 


This plan will continuously be evaluated and updated as needed.

Paul Feiner

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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