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Greenburgh Hits the Water for Memorial Day Weekend

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – With temperatures approaching the mid-80s and clear skies overhead (for part of the day), summer’s unofficial opening started off with a splash Saturday throughout the Rivertowns.

Swimmers, boaters, grillers and sunbathers took advantage of the day’s early sunshine and headed outdoors, welcoming summer with open arms.

“It’s an exciting time of the year,” said Philipse Manor Beach Club President Tom Andrus, whose Sleepy Hollow club celebrated the opening of beach season Saturday. “The beaches are open and people know summer is here.”

While summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, most New Yorkers have pegged Memorial Day as the ceremonial weekend to start the season.

And Westchester is no different. While Greenburgh swimmers had to wait a couple extra days until the town pool in Anthony F. Veteran Park opens on Monday, county-owned beaches in Croton Point Park, Rye and New Rochelle opened Saturday, along with a number of town pools, such as in Mount Pleasant, North Castle and Hastings.

In Tarrytown, kayakers grabbed their paddles and headed to Tarrytown Lake as Hudson River Recreation opened its kayak tours and rentals for the season. Paddlers heading onto the water said they were enjoying the warm weather.

“It’s a beautiful day out,” Theresa Jackson said as she stepped into her kayak. “Why not enjoy it on the water and relax?”

By early afternoon, however, the skies darkened and thunderstorms rolled into the area, bringing an early end to the outdoor festivities. Still, many said they were looking forward to the next four months.

“I’m glad summer is here,” Steve Dunn said, holding his fishing rod into the water at Tarrytown Lake.

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