| State park|
| 590 acres (2.4 km)|
103,618 (in 2014)
| 14 Maintenance Lane
Pleasant Valley, New York|
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
14 Maintenance Ln, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569, USA
James Baird State Park is a 590-acre (2.4 km2) state park in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The park is located in the northern part of the Town of LaGrange, east of City of Poughkeepsie.
James Baird State Park Wikipedia
The park is named after James Baird, the donor of the land. Baird, who held a Ph.D. in Engineering, formed the construction company that erected the Lincoln Memorial and the Folger Shakespeare Library. He donated his land to the state in 1939 for a park.
The park formerly included a large community swimming pool, which was filled in by park management in the 1980s. Today, the bathhouse and concession buildings still stand, locked up and unused. The former pool area is bounded by rows of large elm trees.
James Baird State Park offers picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, recreation programs, hiking and biking, a nature trail, cross-country skiing, and a food concession. A sports complex that offers softball, volleyball, basketball, and tennis is also included in the park, in addition to the 18-hole James Baird State Park Golf Course.