The G. Kent Hawks Fountain and Gardens
Often referred to as the Hawks Water Cascade, the G. Kent Hawks Fountain and
was created in memory of a 37-year-old architect who was a resident of the city
and a vice president of the White Plains Beautification Foundation Board of Directors. It
replaced a damaged shell fountain that had been in disuse for years, and with the growth
of weeds and scrub brush had become unsightly.
Robert Pollack, another architect on the Board, designed the rustic, woodland fountain
constructed of boulders. When the $25,000 cost was raised, construction began and the
fountain was dedicated in 1978. The Hawks family observed the 20th anniversary of
Kent’s death on June 23, 1996, with the planting of a Kousa dogwood tree across the path
from the fountain in his memory.
Surrounded by tall office buildings, high rise apartments, busy vehicular traffic and
The Westchester, this quiet refuge of woodland setting is a place for solace and
contemplation. It is located on Westchester Avenue at the foot of Armory Hill.
Two memorial benches have been installed in this area by the Leslie family in memory of
their daughter Susan Locke Leslie.