Postcard of the Playland mall and music tower. Source: Series 358, Playland Postcards, A-0488(1)S

The Westchester County Parks Commission was created in 1922, with a separate Recreation Commission established in 1924. 

In addition, during the first few decades of the 20th century, various parkway authorities existed to oversee the building of the many highways that now traverse up and down Westchester County. A separate authority also existed to administer Playland. In the latter part of the century, these separate entities were either abolished entirely, or eventually subordinated to the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, created in 1962. 

The series included in this record group provide extensive documentation on the development of Westchester County's parks, the functioning of the Parks Commission, the construction of the Bronx River Parkway, and operations at Playland. Several photographic collections also complement these record series.

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