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Briarcliff Families Enjoy Warm Winter Weather

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Briarcliff Manor resident Nicholas Deem doesn’t care if it is mid-February, he’s fine there’s no snow on the ground.

“I like to play in the grass,” Nicholas, 5, said while taking a break from the swing-set at Briarcliff’s Law Memorial Park Friday. “I really like going high when I’m swinging.”

Temperatures soared above 50 degrees Friday afternoon and while it didn’t set a February record, Briarcliff residents said they had to take advantage of the unusually warm winter weather. Michael Deem said he was pleasantly surprised with Friday’s weather.

“It’s just an absolutely beautiful day for this time of year,” Deem said. “We had some time and I don’t get that often so it was really nice to get this weather out here.”

Briarcliff resident Cathy Benke brought her grandkids Alyssa Oakley, 2, and Danielle Oakley, 4, and said she was also pleasantly surprised.

“You really don’t get this in February,” Benke said. “We didn’t expect this at all but we’re all enjoying it.”

Chris Soi, recreation supervisor for the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department, said he’s seen more residents come out to enjoy the park at the beginning of this year than most winters.

“There is typically almost no foot traffic in our parks in the winter but we’ve seen more people coming out to play or just sit in our parks than I can remember,” Soi said. “We’ve also had a some people use our platform tennis courts already this year and that’s definitely not a typical winter sport.”

Soi said residents interested in using the tennis courts are asked to register for a permit at the village’s recreation office at 48 Macy Road. The BMRD office is located on the bottom floor of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.

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