The Kensico Dam was built under the old dam that formed Lake Kensico, using stone taken from the adjacent Cranberry Lake Park.
The dam was completed in 1917. It is 307 feet high and 1,843 feet long, and forms the Kensico reservoir.
Kensico Dam Plaza is also home to The Rising, a memorial dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks who were from Westchester County. This memorial displays the names of the victims on the granite surrounding the main structure. The main structure of the memorial is made of steel rods that come together and point to the sky. Visitors can interact with the memorial by going inside the structure.
The Rising is where the annual 9/11 commemoration takes place at Kensico Dam Plaza, a ceremony honoring the Westchester residents who lost their lives that day.
The park provides a unique setting for a wide variety of activities including:
- cultural heritage celebrations and concerts
- fitness classes and a fitness course
- in-line skating
- nature study
Dogs are NOT allowed in the picnic areas
Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (summer hours)