Welcome to Turnure Park! The park is 4.05 acres and provides some much needed green space in downtown White Plains, New York. The garden around the park’s sign was created and is maintained by the White Plains Beautification Foundation.
The park features a paved pathway surrounded by different species of trees. There are over one hundred cherry trees (mix of Kwanzan & Yoshino) which provide spectacular color every spring. Turnure Park also features a bandstand, bocce courts, playground and seasonal restrooms which are located in the southeast corner.
The park was dedicated to James Harvey Turnure in 1966 who was the deputy of public works in White Plains.
Great news! You’ve joined the virtual tour of Turnure Park during Cherry Blossom Season when the park is at its most beautiful!
At a little over four acres Turnure Park is small but pleasant. Let’s go sit in one of the many benches scattered along the pathway and enjoy the beautiful flowering Kwanzan and Yoshino Cherry Trees. We are in for a treat!
As we admire the flowering cherry trees we can’t ignore the numerous other species of trees found in the park including mature specimens of:
One special tree that we spot near where we are sitting is the American Chestnut! The picture above was taken during a previous visit but it shows us what the chestnuts will be encased in!
The American Chestnut tree that we see nearby was planted in 2008 by members of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, The American Chestnut Foundation and White Plains Parks as a tribute to Ezra Cornell who help to found Cornell University.
The American Chestnut tree was an important member of the eastern forest found in the United States. A wide variety of wildlife fed on its chestnuts. American Chestnuts began to die off in 1904 due to imported Chestnut Blight from Asia. The blight, imported to the US via Asian chestnut trees, is a fungus dispersed by spores in the air, raindrops and animals. Check out the book American Chestnut : The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree for more information. Click here!
The American Chestnut Tree found in Turnure Park is blight resistant and appears to be overall healthy especially since there were chestnut burs present last season!
Near us are educational signs for the American Robin, Chipping Sparrow and House Sparrow along with bird houses in the field behind where we are sitting. Let’s take a look and listen for birds as we sit comfortably on the park bench.
As we sit we see or hear the following birds:
We see a huge green caterpillar slinking its way down a nearby a tree. It’s a Polyphemus Moth caterpillar (aka Silk Moth)! When it pupates it will be a giant moth with a wingspan of six inches!
As we are looking at the giant caterpillar a butterfly lands at our feet. It’s a Red-Admiral Butterfly! These butterflies are unusually attracted to people in the sense they have no problem landing and taking off on unsuspecting humans. Our friend here is quite happy staying on the ground before taking off.
Thank you for joining me on this virtual tour of White Plain’s Turnure Park! I hope that it inspires you to visit it for yourself (especially during Cherry Blossom Time!).
Lake Street and Canfield Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone Number: 914-422-1336
Please note no dogs are allowed in Turnure Park.
Check out these great books on urban trees!