Zena Recreation Park


  • April 07, 2019 8:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Study: Kids Who Spend Time in Nature Become Happier Adults

    Getting outside, walking around, hearing the rustle of trees, feeling the wind on our face, the rain on our backs, the sun on our skin—the more we do that as kids, the happier we are as adults, their study suggests. And this was one heck of a study.

    From 1985 until 2013, the researchers combed data from one million Danish residents. They looked at everything from income to educational level, history of familial mental illness, as well as how much green space surrounded where the residents had grown up. Because they had so much data to work with, the researchers were able to try and control for socioeconomic factors—kids who grow up wealthier probably have more access to green space, for example. Yet even factoring those discrepancies in, researchers found that being raised surrounded by nature as a child meant a 55 percent lower incidence of developing mental health issues as adults. Even better, it seemed that the more time children spent in nature, the better as far as mental health outcomes were concerned.

  • April 03, 2019 7:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Want to catch up on Zena Rec? Check out this radio interview with Todd Ward from the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce:

    Zena Rec on Ulster County Chamber Radio (24 mins)

  • March 13, 2019 8:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Why do our members come back year after year?  Time and time again they tell us it is the friendships they make in a fun and relaxing atmosphere that make Zena Recreation Park a true treasure!  Studies show that having strong social ties are as important as diet and exercise when it comes to our long term health.  Check out this informative look from WebMD:

    WebMD article on the Health Benefits of Strong Social Bonds

    Join today, make new friends and spend quality time together!

  • August 06, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to all our coaches, swimmers, and volunteers!  You all did great and should be very proud of all your work and dedication!

    Please find the local news article below:

    Daily Freeman 2018 DUSO Championship Article

  • July 24, 2018 4:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know --

    Zena Recreation Park was incorporated on July 7th, 1975.  That makes us 43 years old (though we don't look a day over 29!)

    Why Zena?  Zena Recreation Park was named for the small hamlet of Zena that we are part of in the southeast corner of the Town of Woodstock, NY.  At only 3.0 square miles, and a population of about 1,000, our hamlet encompasses the signature woods, fields, streams, and lakes that define the landscapes iconic to the Catskill Mountain region.

    Zena -- is a greek word meaning Born of Zeus!  How awesome is that? Zeus is the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion.  He ruled as the King of the gods of Mount Olympus.  Zena also means welcoming, hospitable, and friendly!  An apt description of our community in every sense of the word.

  • August 16, 2017 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members & Guests,

    Looking to know more about our community and local things to do (aside from hanging out at your favorite pool & tennis club!?) Look no further!

    Body & Soul: A Guide to Woodstock and Saugerties

Zena Recreation Park  .  845-679-8098  .  714 Zena Highwoods Road,  Woodstock, NY 12498

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