Ballard Park celebrates the natural beauty of Westport's extraordinary location with its dramatic views of Lake Champlain and Vermont's Green Mountains.

Ballard Park was once the location of The Westport Inn, one of the most gracious grand hotels of the Adirondacks and a focal point of Westport summer life. The Inn was demolished in 1967 and the property was purchased by Anne Ballard ("Petey") Cerf, a long-time summer resident. Through her visionary philanthropy Ballard Park was established in 1989, named in honor of her parents.

The Ballard Park Foundation supports:
Ice skating and sledding with a warming hut in winter
Thursday evening concerts throughout the summer
A sandy beach and seasonal swimming
Shakespeare in the Park
Community events such as the Heritage Festival

Reserve Ballard Park for your own reception, reunion or other special event:
Ballard Park Use Policy & Application for Private Use and Special Events (printable pdf)

Donating to Ballard Park
Although Ballard Park is a public park, its operation and maintenance are virtually entirely supported by private funds raised by the board of directors. Ballard Park Foundation raises 90% of Ballard Park's Annual Budget and is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operations that keep the Park beautiful and vibrant. A main fund raiser is our annual party held every summer by the gardens. Visit our Summer Party page for more info.

Planning a visit?
We are located on Main Street in Westport, New York. From the Northway (I-87): 10 minutes east of Exit 31.
From Vermont: 20 minutes south of the Essex Ferry Dock, and 20 minutes north of the Lake Champlain Bridge.
Directions/Map (courtesy of Google)

Our Board of Trustees
Donna Beal
Mary Davis
Scott Gibree
William Johnston
Debbie Pastore
Jane Preston
Richard Rockefeller
Phil Siarkowski
Joan Simon
Simone Stephens
Jessica Storey
Heidi Sweet