The G. Kent Hawks Fountain and Gardens




Often referred to as the Hawks Water Cascade, the G. Kent Hawks Fountain and Gardens 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.