dino3April 24, 2019 -- Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced that Westchester County Parks has won the 2019 Excellence in Landscape Design award from the prestigious New York State Recreation and Park Society for its Interactive Dinosaur Garden at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers.

“Dinosaurs are ‘alive’ and well at Lasdon Park, where visitors can travel back to a time when these fascinating creatures ruled the earth, by walking through the popular Dinosaur Garden,” Latimer said. “It’s a great feature for families at this horticulturally-oriented park and has become a very popular attraction since its debut at the park. And, as an added bonus, thanks to an associated smartphone app, visitors can take advantage of today’s technology to discover more about these pre-historic denizens.”

Along the trail, visitors encounter dinosaur footprints, plant specimens and replicas of a Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor and Brachiosaurus, just to name a few. For a virtual reality dimension, the app allows them to scan a code at each stop and hear the stories of these interesting pre-historic creatures and see them trample across their screens. The Dinosaur Garden is also a great photo opportunity for families to pose with their favorite creature.

The Dinosaur Garden debuted in 2016 as part of the annual Halloween show titled “Jurassic Lasdon,” a pre-historic-themed event that highlighted dinosaurs of all types and native plants from the bygone era. This one-of-a-kind Dinosaur Garden was an instant hit with families.

The New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) is an advocacy organization advancing the value of parks, recreation, and leisure services through professional development of its members and citizen engagement. The award was presented to Westchester County Parks at the annual NYSRPS conference in Lake Placid in early April.

Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial is located on Route 35 in Somers and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily throughout the year. For more information about Lasdon, call the park at (914) 864-7268 or go to lasdonpark.org.