Glen Island has been called the “first theme park”. It was created in 1881 by US Congressman John H. Starin. As we walk around the island, we will see remnants of some of the past attractions. The castle, the pony and the welcoming guns are still there for us to view. I’ll also tell you how this island and the Slocum Disaster are tied together. This is a jewel that few city dwellers have visited.
When Mr. Starin bought Glen Island, it was 5 islands connected by piers and causeways. Each island exhibited one of the major cultures. In 1923 Westchester County bought and connected all five islands to create one 105-acre park.
We will take the #6 train to Pelham Bay Park (last stop) and then we will take the Bee-Line #45 bus to the entrance to Glenn Island. We will walk to shore of the Long Island Sound and have our picnic there on benches or the ground. All the picnic tables and accessories are for the use of the concession stands.
One of our members suggested that we might want to bring something to share, such as fruits, snacks, etc. If you are interested, just let us know what you will be bringing in the comment area of the Meetup.
Transportation: #6 train to Pelham Bay Park (last stop) Meet at 11:00am by the teller’s booth. I’ll have a Meetup sign and a hat.
Bee Line Bus #45 at 11:20am
Arrive at Glen Island around 11:45-12N
Return at 4:30pm from Glen Island to Pelham Bay Station
Organizer fee: $5.00
P.S. Now, the weather forecast is for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70’s.